The Yucaipa Police Division (YPD) gave its 2020 annual report, together with crime statistics, to town council on Monday, Might 24. The report was reviewed and accredited unanimously.
Yucaipa Police Chief James Williams launched Sergeant Dan Whitten who introduced the report.
“I’ll begin with the excellent news up entrance,” stated Whitten. “As soon as once more now we have a incredible neighborhood and most different cities would like to have crime stats pretty much as good as ours, as ours is a really protected neighborhood total.”
The yr introduced some challenges. Whitten stated that starting the primary quarter with the COVID pandemic, regulation enforcement all over the place needed to rethink find out how to do its job. Responding to calls, officers needed to put on full PPE (Private Safety Tools) which is outdoors its regular manner of doing enterprise. Additionally coping with masks, interactions with folks and find out how to talk with folks whereas sporting a masks whereas protecting the general public and the officers protected was a priority.
“Our subsequent challenges occurred in the course of summer season throughout the very finish of Might 30, 2020. Clearly, an arrest occurred in one other state that led to civil unrest across the nation. Right here within the metropolis, June 1, we had an incident that occurred that led to some prison investigations,” stated Whitten.
Whitten referred to the peaceable protests, the Aug. 1, demonstration with about 80 folks got here in from outdoors of city and have been met by a few hundred of individuals from city. “That sadly was the road being taken over and an illegal meeting having to be known as,” he stated. “It led to a number of arrests. Fortunately the sources have been in place. No tremendous important incident, no harm, no accidents however in the course of 2020, that was another factor to cope with.”
After the Apple Fireplace earlier within the yr, on Sept. 5, the El Dorado Fireplace started in El Dorado Ranch Park and rapidly unfold north and east into the San Bernardino Nationwide Forest, threatening residences in Yucaipa, Oak Glen, Cherry Valley, Mountain Dwelling Village, Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks. The hearth was not extinguished till Nov. 16, 2020, after burning over 22,000 acres, destroying 10 buildings, damaging six others and inflicting the loss of life of U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Charles Morton. The El Dorado Fireplace Burn Scar stays a possible menace for mud and particles flows as town offers with any type of rain occasions, which Yucaipa Fireplace and YPD proceed to watch.
Throughout 2020, town of Yucaipa continued to see decreases in most crime classes as in comparison with earlier years. Half I crimes (homicide, manslaughter, intercourse offenses, theft, aggravated assault, housebreaking, motorcar theft and arson) decreased by roughly 10% in comparison with final yr (1,012 to 909) and Half II crime (easy assaults, forgery/counterfeiting, embezzlement/fraud, receiving stolen property, weapon violations, prostitution, intercourse crimes, crimes in opposition to household/little one, narcotic drug legal guidelines, liquor legal guidelines, drunkenness, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, playing, DUI and transferring site visitors violations) elevated by roughly 1% in comparison with final yr (1,330 to 1,347).
“There may be one quantity that we’re being attentive to and that’s the aggravated assault quantity. Division extensive, we’re up about 25%. Now in 2019 the federal authorities took the cream of prison threats … they usually moved it from what was Half II into Half I crimes and so it grew to become merged with aggravated as-sault. Once I made this presentation final yr, our aggravated assault numbers have been up and that was as a result of one other crime had been added to it in order that they have been type of artificially elevated … county extensive, there was a couple of 25% uptick so we’re paying consideration,” stated Whitten.
Whitten reassured the council that Yucaipa is a a lot safer neighborhood than all the remainder of the county at massive. The Yucaipa emergency response instances for 2020’s highest precedence name (Precedence E) was 4 minutes and 44 seconds. Most cities report if there’s a 6 minute response time, that may be a good quantity. “I’m proud to say we keep properly beneath 5 minutes frequently,” acknowledged Whitten.
Crimes in opposition to individuals, Yucaipa is down 18% in 2020. Crimes in opposition to property, Yucaipa is down 5%.
Whitten stated that throughout the board, Yucaipa is down in crime in mainly each class. In comparison with surrounding cities, per thousand residents Yucaipa exhibits downward developments during the last 5 years. Compared to surrounding jurisdictions, based mostly on violent crime and property crime totals and the one strategy to evaluate different jurisdictions, Yucaipa at an total variety of 16.84 is decrease than each metropolis that our stats are in contrast with. Within the case of most of these numbers, Yucaipa is low-er throughout the board. The one ones that have been just a little decrease than Yucaipa have been pretty smaller jurisdictions.
On account of COVID-19, college campuses have been closed for many of 2020 and the Faculty Useful resource Officer (SRO) continued to work with district officers to deal with security and safety points. This included a big enhance within the variety of residence visits to deal with considerations with digital classroom attendance, in addition to scholar’s bodily and psychological well-being. Earlier than the implementation of distance studying, the SRO made three Legislation and Public Security displays, attended the Mesa View Center Faculty profession honest, a number of pre-school and elementary Stranger Hazard displays, attended two Prop 56 Tobacco Grant conferences and coordinated two Good Begin Teen Driver Training displays.
He thanked the volunteers that work out of the Yucaipa station, “Their contributions to the neighborhood I can’t say sufficient about as a result of they’re on the market doing it, simply because they care concerning the neighborhood,” stated Whitten.
In 2020, a $25,000 grant from the California Workplace of Visitors Security was obtained which allowed the division to workers further operations that assist resolve what contributes to the most important site visitors collisions together with cease signal violations or distracted driving, or pedestrian applications.
In 2020, there have been 96 Automated License Plate Readers activations indicating stolen or needed autos handed the cameras. As well as, Section V of the city-wide fastened digicam system has been accomplished. Like ALPR, this expertise has been instrumental in fixing crimes and resolving problems with fault in site visitors collisions. Each techniques are proving to be very helpful.
Targets for 2021
Reinvigorating the volunteer applications by actively recruiting new members and offering alternatives for them to have interaction locally. 2) Formally beginning the Enterprise Watch Program, be-ginning in Uptown. 3) Redeploy the upgraded radar trailer with the addition of an ALPR system bought by Homeland Safety grant and 4) Proceed with the 2020 objective of coordinating the YPAC workers to develop energetic shooter and significant incident response plans.
Metropolis council thanked YPD for the report.
Councilman Justin Beaver additionally posed just a few questions. “I couldn’t be happier that the crime price is low in our metropolis. You do an excellent job however the very best I can inform, due to COVID, from the report, proactive enforcement is down, citations are down, and grownup bookings are down. Does perhaps the prison intelligence division have any ideas on why crime is down?”
Williams answered, “I feel that may be a multi-part reply to that query. So a part of it was simply final yr in COVID, you realize the exercise was simply manner down. All of us bear in mind the freeways being empty and folks not eager to go anyplace or name the police or have any interplay as Grant (Yucaipa Fireplace Chief) talked about in his presentation. At first of all of this no person needed to work together with anyone. A part of the difficulty is your demographic, the revenue of the inhabitants that you just’re coping with right here. Coping with the actual inhabitants is just not a excessive crime space. A part of it’s a geographic location.”
The police division’s annual report for 2020 was reviewed and accredited, unanimously.
View this merchandise at yucaipa.org.