Escondido Police Partner with Public Works and SD County Probation During Escondido Neighborhood Transformation Project Operation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2015
POINT OF CONTACT:
Lt. Eric Skaja, 760-839-4767
The Neighborhood Transformation Project (NTP) is a community policing initiative with the strategic goal of promoting environmental change in our neighborhoods. By focusing our efforts and resources we hope to better our City, one neighborhood at a time. We are currently about half way through our second NTP Project. The current NTP footprint of focus is on the east side of Escondido, specifically; East of Harding St., West of Midway Dr., North of Grand Avenue and South of the Flood Control. During this project, a new East Valley Business Association has been formed to improve commerce in the area and a new Neighborhood Association along East Grand Avenue and the residential side streets has organized to help make their neighborhoods a safe and great place to live. Various City of Escondido Departments to include, Police, The City Attorney’s Office, Public Works, Neighborhood Services, Code Enforcement, and Economic Development have pooled resources in the NTP effort.
On September 30, Escondido Police partnered with San Diego County Probation Officers, Escondido Public Works Department, Economic Development, Neighborhood Services and Escondido Code Enforcement for a large scale NTP Operation. The operation focused on two key components, the first involved improving the appearance of the East Valley Pkwy Business District. Homeless encampments and graffiti vandalism were cleaned up. Strict enforcement of Municipal Code Violations was conducted resulting in multiple arrests and citations in the Business District. The second component consisted of locating and identifying criminal offenders that live or frequent the area.
The duration of the operation was 15 hours from 8:00AM to 11:00 PM.
The NTP joint operation resulted in the following activity:
Arrests = 16 (12 Felony and 4 Misdemeanor .) The arrests were made for violations that included possession of weapons, warrants, probation violations, and being under the influence of drugs.
Misdemeanor Citations = 12. The citations were issued for violations that included municipal code violations and drug violations.
Traffic Citations = 16
Parking Citations = 3
The Escondido Special Investigations Unit conducted 40 alcohol related shoulder tap contacts in the business district.
37 Parole / Probations Compliance Checks were conducted.
4 Homeless Encampments were removed.
All Graffiti visible from a public right of way was removed.
Chief Carter stated this was another great example of the City of Escondido, local businesses and neighborhood residents caring enough about where they live and work to get together and organize. Chief Carter added that when all the stakeholders work together, the results are always better. Chief Carter concluded with expressing his appreciation for San Diego County Probation and the other City of Escondido departments for their continued support of the Neighborhood Transformation Project.
More information about the Neighborhood Transformation Project can be located on our website www.escondidopolice.org
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