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PBPD Annual Report 2018A NATIONALLY ACCREDITED LAW ENFORCMEENT AGENCY 2017 ANNUAL REPORT A NATIONALLY ACCREDITED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY A NA- 2018 ANNUAL REPORT PISMO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT A NATIONALLY ACCREDITED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY 01 | Chief’s Welcome 02 | Operations Division 03 | Special Assignments 04 | Support Services Division 05 | Internal Affairs 06 | Statistics & Analysis 07 | Demographics 08 | Community Involvement 09 | Community Involvement 10 | Highlights 11 | Recognitions 12 | Citizen Volunteer Program & Parking Bureau 13 In Memoriam TABLE OF CONTENTS CHIEF’S WELCOME It is my pleasure to present the 2018 Pismo Beach Police Department Annual Report. Over the next several pages you will have the opportunity to get a brief update of what your police department was up to during the past year. You will see information on existing practices, beginnings of new programs, statistical information, and plans for the future. All of his wrapped up with fresh pictures and a cool layout. As with every year, we thank you very much for taking the time to peruse the report and for your continuing interest and support for our common mission. Early in 2018, we filled every position open at the department to include the new Crime Analyst Position, officer positions, and several parking enforcement positions. We enjoyed a full year of balanced staffing levels which provided us an opportunity to move ahead with a few programs that had waited for staffing levels rise. Some of these programs included the full dedicated position of the Downtown Resource Officer on bicycle unit, dedicated officer to the San Luis Obispo Gang Task Force, and the initiation of a stand-alone national accreditation process through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies for our communication center. While all of these efforts are ongoing, by the end of the year we found ourselves back in the recruitment business to fill a few vacancies. As you will read in the following report, efforts made by the organization and the citizenry had an effect overall in our crime statistics. The department’s push toward intelligence-led policing with the addition of a certified crime analyst demonstrates what data, knowledge, and evidence-based policing can do for a community. More importantly, it makes explaining the actions taken by the department very simple with the use of facts and data. I ask that you take an extra moment on the last page of this annual report to honor our “In Memoriam” page for Sergeant Trevor Blevins who succumbed to injuries sustained in a tragic accident off duty at the very end of this reporting year. This loss shook our department and tested our resolve but we will forever be bound by the incident. Through that tragedy, I saw the very best in every single member of this department and still am unable to convey the amount of pride for their handling of the loss and compassion for one another to include the Blevins’ family. All of us will never forget the outpouring of condolence and affection received by the community for our loss. We hope you enjoy this look into our department for 2018 and look forward to what 2019 will bring to the Pismo Beach Police Depart and the entire Pismo Beach Community! Sincerely, Chief Jake Miller 1 SPECIALITY ASSIGNMENTS The Pismo Beach Police Department is continually looking at ways to provide better service, more efficient law enforcement practices, and a rewarding workplace for employees. As part of these efforts, several specialty assignments have been created allowing officers to specialize in certain types of law enforcement activities providing additional training opportunities, increased expertise for employees, and better overall service for the entire community. The Pismo Beach Police Department is proud to provide a wide variety of specialty assignments including Motorcycle/Traffic Officer, K9 handler, Detectives, D.A.R.E. Officer, D.R.O.P. Officer (Downtown Resource Officer Program), S.W.A.T. Officers (Special Weapons and Tactics), Department Rangemasters, Color Guard, and G.T.F. Officer (Gang Task Force). 6 OPERATIONS DIVISION 2 PISMO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT The Operations Division encompasses all aspects of the Patrol function which includes the Traffic division, reserve officers and citizen volunteers and oversees the Parking Bureau, K-9 team, S.W.A.T team, temporary holding facility, the D.A.R.E program, the “MyCop” program, Special Events planning and the Emergency Operations Center. ANNUAL REPORT 2018 3 K9 UPDATE 2018 has been a busy year for the Pismo Beach Police Department K9 Bureau. Officer Siglin and K9 Goose continue to represent the Department well performing regular demonstrations, helping officers locate narcotics, and ensuring the safety of residents and officers alike. In an effort to improve the service provided by our K9 Bureau the decision was made to expand the program with the addition of a second K9 Team. Officer Justin Francis earned the position and is looking forward to helping select his new K9 partner and start training in early 2019. The new K9 team with be trained in general patrol and protection as well as explosive detection. DROP OFFICER The D.R.O.P. (Downtown Resource Officer Program) once again did the Department proud providing excellent service and outreach to visitors and downtown businesses alike. The program is a bicycle patrol positioned assigned to the downtown core of Pismo Beach. The program has proven to be very popular as well as successful in allowing officers to become more invested in the area they patrol, and providing high visibility patrol that has proven to be a good deterrent to crime. Officer Brenden Neary has represented the Pismo Beach Police Department well during his two year rotation as the D.R.O.P. officer. Officer Neary will be rotating back to patrol to allow additional officers the opportunity to serve the community in the same capacity. GANG TASK FORCE Recent changes to law decriminalizing many narcotic offenses limited activities in the ability to provide effective narcotics enforcement on a large scale. With the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff ’s Department committing significant resources by increasing the Gang Task Force to address the gang presence growing in the county, the Pismo Beach Police Department in cooperation with the Sheriff ’s Department joined the efforts to reduce organized gang activity in Southern San Luis Obispo County and specifically those crimes traversing the City of Pismo Beach. The Pismo Beach Police Department reassigned their officer from the Narcotics Task Force to the Gang Task Force Street Team. GTF officers are tasked with investigating, tracking, identifying, and reducing the criminal activities of members involved in organized gang activity to include stolen property and narcotics. The benefit of such a partnership is the sharing of resources and intelligence leading to far more effective enforcement. APP & MYCOP The Pismo Beach Police Department created an App in 2017 to assist in partnering with our community to keep our little corner of the universe a paradise for citizens and visitors to enjoy. The App allows quick access to information such as press releases, contacts, and links to report an issue, as well as parking information and available city services. One component of the PBPD App is the “MyCop” program. This program is designed to connect Pismo Beach locals, residents and business people, with an officer assigned to handle quality of life issues within specific zones in the city. The police department has divided Pismo Beach into 12 zones. The registration process assigns users to a zone based on their address and allows them direct contact via email and voicemail to the officer who oversees their zone. The Department will also be able to send push notifications to one, several, or all zones and post crime stats specific to each zone. The app is available for both Android and Apple devices. For those that do not reside in Pismo Beach but would like to register for MyCop, we recommend using the department’s address, 1000 Bello St, which is in zone 8. The Support Services Division consists of Administration, Communications Bureau, Records Bureau, Crime Analysis Bureau, Investigations Bureau including the Special Problems Unit and Property and Evidence. The Support Services Commander also oversees budget, facilities and fleet, personnel and hiring, internal affairs, training and accreditation. SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION 4 PISMO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT Partnering with the community is of utmost importance to the Pismo Beach Police Department, and we hope this app offers a new level of connectivity and information sharing. INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATIONS The Pismo Beach Police Department considers the investigation of complaints regarding an employee’s actions or our policies to be one of our most important missions. Supervisors who have received specific training in internal affairs have received specific training in internal affairs investigative procedures investigate all complaints objectively and thoroughly. At the conclusion of the investigation, the findings are provided in writing to the complainant. Citizen complaints consist of an allegation of misconduct or improper job performance against any police department employee that if true, would constitute a violation of department policy, federal, state, or local law. Complaints may be initiated externally by a citizen or internally by a department employee. All complaints received whether in person or anonymously are investigated. During the calendar year 2018, the Pismo Beach Police Department generated two internal complaints against two different employees and no externally generated complaints. Of the two internal complaints, both were sustained. The Pismo Beach Police Department is very proud that its employees attract very few formal complaints. It is and will always be the goal of this department to reduce the number of complaints and continued training has proven the success of this endeavor. ANNUAL REPORT 2018 5 Training The Pismo Beach Police Department is committed to giving its members the training and tools they need to do the job well. All of our employees are required to maintain and update their training in certain areas such as perishable skills, policy and procedure, arrest and control, firearms proficiency, etc. Employees attend different training depending on their area of expertise. Sworn officers must attend several mandatory trainings each year and also training in their specific disciplines (i.e. K9, Motorcycle, SWAT, etc). Records personnel attend training in the law regarding the department’s records systems, Public Records Act requests, etc. All department members also train in communication skills, de -escalation techniques, bias -based policing and must maintain a certain number of Continuing Professional Training hours each year. In 2018, department members received over 3,000 hours of training in over 45 different courses. To maintain an exceptional level of service, the department strives to offer the best possible training to all of its employees. Quality training ensures the agency operates at the highest level of efficiency. Calls For Service 12,208 +11 % Self Initiated Activity 13,168 +31 % 2 77 144 0 367 1 5 30 0 59 96 0 401 8 6 242 72 104 0 267 4 4 241 78 151 0 298 1 4 14 Arson Assaults Burglary Homicide Larceny Rape Robbery Vehicle Theft 2015 2016 2017 2018 6 PISMO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS & ANALYSIS PART 1 CRIMES WORKLOAD In 2018, Pismo Beach experienced a 22% increase in Part 1 crimes and a 2% increase in Part 2 crimes compared to 2017. Areas of notable increase this year were Burglary, DUI, and Larceny. 47% of reported Burglaries were from vehicles. Calls for service have risen by 11% while officer initiated activity has risen by 31%. The direction for proactive intelligence-led patrolling may have resulted in this increase in officer initiated activity. Assisting that endeavor was the addition of filling open positions in 2018 who were assigned DUI Burglary Vandalism/ Graffiti Rape Larceny Vehicle Theft ANNUAL REPORT 2018 7 243 122 79 187 143 91 161 221 70 88 255 171 83 193 161 118 84 202 153 75 240 158 159 82 218 160 63 211 Disorderly Conduct DUI Forgery/Fraud Narcotics Offenses Traffic Accidents Vandalism/Graffiti Warrants PART 2 CRIMES RACIAL DEMOGRAPHICS The Pismo Beach Police Department strives to provide law enforcement equally and fairly without discrimination toward any individual or group. It is the practice of the department to provide services and enforcement regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, religion or cultural background. This graph shows the racial makeup of Pismo Beach as compared to the racial composition of common police activities. The City of Pismo Beach is a tourist community, which attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year to our beautiful beaches. Additionally, the surrounding cities and communities in the area have a significantly different demographic base than the City of Pismo Beach. These communities also frequent Pismo Beach on a regular basis and have a significant impact on our statistics. Taking into consideration the City’s tourism demographics, and the demographics of the surrounding communities, our statistics appear to be within reason with the area demographics and service population. These percentages have remained fairly consistent throughout the last 10 years. Pizza on the Pier Memorial Day Service COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 8 PISMO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT 2018 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND EVENTS 5 Cities Relay for Life Amgen Tour of California Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration Annual St. Anthony’s Celebration Art in the Park Back to School Safety City to Sea Marathon Cops ‘n Kids Field Day Easter Eggstravaganza Educational Tours of the Station Epicurean Delight Halloween Safety Talks Holiday Harmony Just Cruzin Car Show K-9 Demonstrations Memorial Day Ceremony Operation Surf Pacific Breeze Concert Series Pismo Beach Band Review Pismo Beach Clam Festival Pismo Paw’p Festival Pizza on the Pier POA Thanksgiving Dinner Pumpkins in the Park Red Ribbon Week Ride to Recovery Run with the Cops Secret Santa Elves Christmas Delivery Shell Beach Stroll Sheriff’s Day at the Ranch Special Olympics Torch Run Taste of Pismo Tip A Cop Dinner for Special Olympics Valentine’s Day Wine Walk Veteran’s Day Celebration Wine Waves and Beyond Back To School Safety Talk K9 Demonstration Special Olympics Torch Run Halloween Safety Staying Connected & Giving Back ANNUAL REPORT 2018 9 Run with the Cops 2018 HIGHLIGHTS AND RECOGNITIONS 10 PISMO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME ANALYST ON BOARD The Pismo Beach Police Department’s Crime Analyst, Jennifer Truong, comes to the department with both certifications in Crime & Intelligence Analysis and Geographic Information Systems. She works closely with the Office of the Chief to provide current crime developments and provide needed intelligence of predictable trends expected. In 2018, Crime Analyst Truong utilized current technology and analyzed CAD data to generate reports and maps to enhance patrol deployment, investigative models, and event strategies. Reports and maps were also created for other departments in the city as well as the community. Some of the generated information and mapping is available to the MyCop participants utilizing the Pismo Beach Police Department mobile app. Accurate crime statistics and reliable data can demonstrate localized trends that can lead to enforcement models suited for the specific issue. As the department continues in this direction, evidence based policing will also be utilized to join efforts with the academic partners to create scientific based solutions or utilize academic information already available to predict outcomes. This philosophy lends itself perfectly to the idea of doing more with less. GTF Officer Justin Francis ANNUAL REPORT 2018 11 RECOGNITIONS 2018 OFFICER OF THE YEAR Corporal Adrian Souza earned recognition as this year’s Officer of the Year for his many contributions to both the Department and the City including his dedication to providing the highest level of public service, his impressive work ethic, and his level of dedication and sense of duty. Corporal Souza has set an example of effective leadership in his role as a field supervisor and Field Training Officer where he has trained and mentored a good portion of the current patrol staff. Corporal Souza is a founding member of the Pismo Beach Police Department Color Guard and a prior member of the San Luis 2018 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Public Safety Dispatcher Rachel Delkener earned recognition as this year’s Employee of the Year for her many contributions to bolster our Communications Center. During her time here, she has become one of our department’s Communications Training Officers and has helped train some of our new dispatchers. She also brings her Tactical Dispatching experience to the San Luis Obispo County Regional S.W.A.T. team by responding to team call outs to assist in communications throughout whatever emergency situation has come up. She is definitely a strong presence in our department, and we are happy she is here. CITIZEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM The men and women who volunteer for the Pismo Beach Police Department provide an invaluable service to the department and the community that deserves to be recognized and for which we are extremely thankful. This year our Volunteers donated 1,402 total hours. This included 342 hours patrolling the city including the Downtown area, Outlet Mall, extra patrol during Spring Break and Halloween, and providing vacation house checks, 303 hours assisting with special events including the Classic Car Show, Fourth of July, and Amgen Tour of California, 537 hours performing administrative tasks for the Records Bureau and transporting records to the County Courts and laboratory, and 210 hours in training and other tasks. The Pismo Beach Police Department Citizen Volunteers saved the City of Pismo Beach and the Police Department an estimated $78,000 in overtime salaries for 2018. Through their commitment and dedication, our volunteers partner shoulder to shoulder with our sworn and civilian staff and are truly part of the Pismo Beach Police Department family. They represent the Department with the utmost professionalism and as our ambassadors in the public, they show care, compassion, and resourcefulness. The Department is always looking for citizens who would like to volunteer with the Pismo Beach Police Department. Volunteers must first complete a Citizen’s Academy which is a short orientation program. The Citizen’s Academies are hosted jointly with Grover Beach Police Department and Arroyo Grande Police Department. They are held once or twice a year. We look forward to bringing on new volunteers to join the team in the coming year. 12 PISMO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT PARKING BUREAU 2018 was a busy year for the Pismo Beach Police Department Parking Bureau. High demand parking areas were experiencing 100% capacity not allowing for space turnover and creating further downtown traffic congestion as visitors continued to circle looking for parking. Applying information from parking and circulation studies and in an attempt to keep up with the ever- increasing demand for parking and provide better overall turnover of parking in high demand areas, differential parking rates were adopted in the highest demand areas in an effort to encourage the use of underutilized parking lots farther from the downtown core. Paid parking rates in the downtown area west of Dolliver were increased from $1 per hour to $2 per hour with all paid parking areas east of Dolliver remaining at $1 per hour. The Police Department was able to employ parking sensors to gather data on parking habits and found that the change in rate brought utilization of the busiest parking areas down to a more desirable average usage in the mid 80% range. Further analysis of data showed an increase in usage of other City lots. The Pismo Beach Police Department will continue to monitor parking habits and make necessary changes to paid parking strategies in an effort to improve both traffic flow and parking turnover. ANNUAL REPORT 2018 13 Sergeant Trevor Blevins Pismo Beach Police Department EOW: December 30, 2018 IN MEMORIAM 2018 ended on a low note for the City of Pismo Beach and the Pismo Beach Police Department Family. Late in December the Department suffered a great loss when a tragic off-duty accident cost Sergeant Trevor Blevins his life. The community together showed an incredible amount of support for the Pismo Beach Police Department and the Blevins family. Sergeant Blevins is survived by his wife Meghan, his son Jack, and his daughters Ainsleigh and Kate. In 2017, the department celebrated the retirement of Lead Dispatcher Elvia Ramos. Elvia’s career spanned almost 4 decades with 35 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Pismo Beach. Her unprecedented professionalism and infectious laugh will be missed. PISMO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2018 Produced by Crime Analyst Jennifer Truong 1000 Bello Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 (805) 773-2208 www.pismobeach.org/police Happy Retirement! PISMO BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2018 Produced by Crime Analyst Jennifer Truong 1000 Bello Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 (805) 773-2208 www.pismobeach.org/police