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Message from the Chief On behalf of the hard working women and men of this department, it is with honor that I present this overview of our past year: the Benicia Police Department’s 2012 Annual Report. I am very proud of all our employees and volunteers who do such a great job providing for the safety and security of our community. This Report reflects their commitment and serves as a tribute to the citizens of Benicia by recognizing our partnership and shared responsibility to our strong community. In 2012, Benicia realized a second consecutive year of historically low crime rates (the lowest since 1985). As a result, Benicia continues to be the safest community in Solano County. I attribute this to the unprecedented participation of our community, great work of our employees, excellent planning by our Department, and effective policing. Thank you for your interest in our Annual Report. We encourage our residents, businesses and visitors to communicate with us about any issue or concern. Please visit our website at www.ci.benicia.ca.us/police. Sincerely,

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2012 Employee Recognition Public Safety Dispatcher Teresa Olson Dispatcher of the Year

Teresa began her career with the Benicia Police Department in August of 1997 as a Police Aide and became a Dispatcher a little over a year later. Teresa was nominated and selected because of her excellent police and fire dispatching capabilities along with her dedication to the law enforcement and fire professions. In 2011, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and now teaches a basic dispatch course at the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center. In addition, she is a Dispatch Training Officer for the department—and over the past year has served as Acting Dispatch Supervisor when required. When she is available, Teresa also works as a per diem Dispatcher for the Vallejo Police Department. “Teresa is very deserving of this department award,” said Chief Andrew Bidou. “She is an outstanding example of our dispatch unit and their commitment to their profession and our community. This commitment is evident in their professional approach to every call received.” Lt. Mike Daley added, “Teresa is known as a dispatcher who will always get the most information from a caller. She is also adept at digging up information for officers before they even ask for it. She is a real asset to the department and to our citizens.”

Officer Aldo Serrano Officer of the Year

Over the past year, Officer Aldo Serrano has demonstrated the ability to identify problem areas at work and within the community. Aldo knew officers routinely suffer from back problems throughout their careers. They often have to retire early or use excessive amounts of sick leave, all due to back problems. This past year, Aldo researched different ways the department could make adjustments to help officers alleviate back problems. He learned that if officers wear load-bearing vests for carrying equipment, weight is transferred from the belt area to the upper body. Studies show that wearing these vests prevents back problems, thus extending officers’ careers and saving the city money on overtime costs due to sick leave usage and medical retirement. Aldo worked closely with administration and the vendor, and demoed the vest on patrol. During the trial period, he identified pros and cons about the vest. After the trial period, he was able to get approval for all officers to wear the vest. Aldo helped develop and implement the policy, and worked with the vendor to get all employees fitted for vests. Once vests were received, he trained every officer on proper usage, and made sure they fit correctly. He also worked with the vendor to make adjustments to some vests, and worked with administration to develop a different type of shirt to wear under the load-bearing vest. Officer Serrano also identified a problem within the community: he noticed an increase in fraud cases involving elderly citizens in Benicia. The cases involve unknown suspects calling elderly citizens and telling them they have won some sort of prize or cash. In order for the citizen to claim the prize, he or she must first send money to cover a portion of the taxes or fees. This type of scam is widespread in our community, and many have lost thousands of dollars with no way to recoup the money, since they usually send cash or money orders.

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2012 Employee Recognition (continued) Officer Serrano developed a training plan, PowerPoint presentation and handouts to educate Benicia citizens about the scams. He also worked closely with Community Services Superintendent Ann Dunleavy to publicize the class and secure a location in which to teach it. The class is tremendously beneficial for the community, and has the potential to save unsuspecting citizens thousands of dollars. These two projects are excellent examples of Aldo’s dedication to his job and to the citizens of the community. In addition to these projects, Officer Serrano took on three significant cases. In the first, he began investigating numerous anonymous 911 calls where the caller was giving fictitious information, and police and fire resources were being tied up as a result. Aldo ultimately identified a juvenile who was responsible for the calls and for setting at least two fires. He was arrested and prosecuted. In the second case, Officer Serrano responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Industrial Way. Aware that there had been numerous theft problems in this area, he arrived quickly and identified three suspects who fled. With the assistance of a Fairfield K9 team, he arrested the suspects who were involved in metal thefts. This saved the business owners thousands of dollars, and took three thieves off the streets. In the third case, Officer Serrano reviewed reports on a series of auto burglaries in a Benicia apartment complex, and while patrolling noticed a suspicious vehicle. He contacted the occupants and after further investigation, arrested all three for possession of stolen property. Aldo was able to recover some of the stolen property from previous cases, and prevented other citizens from becoming victims in the future. “Aldo is thorough in his duties,” says Chief Andrew Bidou. “He is always thinking of the big picture and working towards prevention. I constantly see him taking extra time with citizens, and helping his peers as well. He is a self-starter who is willing to take on challenges.”

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2012 Employee Recognition (continued) Officer Jenna Cameron Medal of Valor

Chief Bidou presented Officer Jenna Cameron with the Medal of Valor for her heroic actions on the afternoon of July 14, when she chased a stolen vehicle. When the driver pulled over, he immediately opened fire on Cameron with a handgun, striking her police vehicle. Officer Cameron returned fire and, as the suspect drove off, she calmly provided updates while again pursuing the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was later apprehended and is still in custody. As described in the Medal of Valor Award, Officer Cameron distinguished herself conspicuously with gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. Jenna’s husband Lou and her young son Jacob were present as she received her award.

Officer Damiean Sylvester MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) California Hero Award

Along with other outstanding officers throughout California, Officer Damiean Sylvester was recognized by MADD in Sacramento on June 2nd for his efforts in stopping the crime of driving under the influence and his work toward the prevention of underage drinking. The MADD California Hero Award is a prestigious honor awarded to a select group of officers at this annual statewide event. Officer Sylvester and Mirco led the Benicia Police Department with 54 DUI arrests last year.

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2012 Employee Recognition (continued) Chief’s Coin Awards Volunteer Coordinator Patti Baron “Every 15 Minutes” Teen Alcohol Awareness Campaign

Benicia Police Department’s Volunteer Coordinator and Youth Action Coalition Coordinator Patti Baron was a key member and driving force behind the collaborative community effort needed to plan, promote and manage the “Every 15 Minutes” program. This state-wide campaign is designed to raise teen awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other controlled substances. “Every 15 Minutes” derived its name from the fact that every 15 minutes someone in the United States dies from an alcohol-related traffic collision. Along with City Community Services Superintendent Ann Dunleavy, Benicia High School Vice Principal Ron Wheat and Benicia Unified School District Board Member Gary Wing, countless volunteer hours were devoted to producing a student simulation of an alcohol-related accident scene that was followed by three school assemblies held in the Benicia High School Gym. The “Every 15 Minutes” program was co-sponsored by the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety. The program has been offered at Benicia High School biennially since 2000, and across the state of California since 1991 with overwhelming success. Patti has played a significant role in all of the presentations at Benicia High School and does so in her spare time while holding two important positions in the Police Department.

Patti’s experience in managing volunteers and working on special events was evident in the success of this program. Her work and dedication to this project demonstrate her commitment to the department’s core values of Integrity, Pride, Professionalism, Honor and Respect.

Detective Edward “Ted” Criado & Detective Kevin Rose Parental Child Abduction Case

Detectives Criado and Rose investigated a complex parental child abduction case where the children’s mother had absconded to Canada with them. After several interviews with family members, it became apparent that they were concealing information and impeding the investigation.

The detectives spent several days and long hours working this investigation in order to locate and arrest the suspect and return the children to their father. During the course of the investigation, they worked with several outside agencies, including the Canadian Border Services Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Polly Klass Foundation. They also worked closely with Solano County District Attorney Investigators and pursued all leads until the children were safely returned to their father. This entailed writing several search warrants to obtain phone records and court orders. Both detectives were also granted Power of Attorney for the three abducted children. They traveled to Canada and were given custody of all three by the Canadian Ministry of Children and Family Services. After driving the children across the border into the United States, they reunited them with their father in the state of Washington.

Detective Criado’s and Detective Rose’s experience and actions in this case demonstrate their dedication and commitment to the department’s core values of Integrity, Pride, Professionalism, Honor and Respect.

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2012 Personnel Promotions

Frank R. Hartig, Jr. - Lieutenant • March 2012 James Laughter - Sergeant • March 2012 Scott Przekurat - Lieutenant • June 2012 Damiean Sylvester - Sergeant • June 2012

New Hires

Officer Jenna Cameron • February 2012 Dispatcher Ondriea Perino • April 2012 Officer MarJonne Roberson • April 2012 Officer Greg Fernandez • August 2012 Officer Kenyatta Nathaniel • August 2012 Dispatcher Erin Jensen • September 2012 Dispatcher Katherine Golden • October 2012

Retirements

Lieutenant Michael Daley • February 2012 Lieutenant Bob Oettinger • July 2012

Separations

Officer Mitchell Alvarez • February 2012 Officer Frances Hernandez • February 2012 Dispatch Supervisor Lisa Krimsky • August 2012 Dispatcher Quinn Colvin • October 2012 Dispatcher Stephanie Barreto • December 2012

Position Changes

Kelly Botello: From Records Clerk to Administrative Secretary • June 2012 Suzie Kaluza: From Community Services Officer to Records Clerk • June 2012 Angela Knight: From Dispatcher to Community Services Officer • July 2012

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2012 Professional Development Training for sworn and non-sworn staff is critically important as it relates to officer safety, career development, and professional public relations. Being current on crime trends, crime prevention, investigation and officer tactics allows the Benicia Police Department to provide its community with a higher level of service and safety.

P.O.S.T. Certification - Completed in 2012 (Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training) • Det. Edward Criado, Intermediate Certificate • Ofc. Jake Heinemeyer, Intermediate Certificate & Advanced Certificate • Sgt. Kenny Hart, Supervisory Certificate

Notable Training • Sgt. Chris Bidou – SWAT Commanders Course – 40 hours • Lt. Mike Greene – SWAT Commanders Course – 40 hours • Ofc. Jenna Cameron – Officer Safety & Field Tactics – 40 hours • Ofc. Sergio Cruz – Officer Safety & Field Tactics – 40 hours • Ofc. Jake Heinemeyer – Officer Safety & Field Tactics – 40 hours • Ofc. John McFadden – Officer Safety & Field Tactics – 40 hours • Sgt. Damiean Sylvester – Officer Safety & Field Tactics – 40 hours • Ofc. Fred Ayala – Commercial Traffic Enforcement – 40 hours • Ofc. Mark Simonson – Commercial Traffic Enforcement – 40 hours • Lt. Mike Greene – Senior Management Institute – 120 hours • CSO Angela Knight – Child Passenger Safety Inspector – 36 hours • Lt. Frank Hartig – POST Management Course – 120 hours • Sgt. Kenny Hart – Deputy Leadership Academy – 150 hours • Sgt. Roger Yokoi – LAPD Leadership Academy – 160 hours

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2012 Professional Development (continued) Dispatch Training (8 hours) • Stephanie Barreto – You Just Never Know • Christina Ensely – You Just Never Know • Lauren Teel – You Just Never Know • Michelle Foley – Management Skills • Teresa Olson – Management Skills • Sarah Schooley – Management Skills • Tiffany Sylvester – Management Skills

Other Training • Benicia Police Department hosted “Civil Liability Use of Force” with Attorney Missy O’Linn – 8 hour presentation for entire county • Benicia Police Department hosted “Mobile Field Force Liability” with Attorney Missy O’Linn – 8 hour presentation for entire county • POST Team Building Workshop – Command Staff & Supervisors – 30 hours • Patti Baron & Volunteers – Benicia Police Department volunteers handled conference registration for 475 attendees representing 47 agencies at the 13th Annual Law Enforcement Volunteers of California (LEVOC) annual conference – 8 hours • Detective James Rouse represented the Benicia Police Department in Washington, D.C. in honor of slain Vallejo Police Officer James Capoot

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2012 Significant Cases Discharging Shotgun, Vandalism (January) The driver’s door of a vehicle was blasted by a shotgun after midnight. Corporal Menesini interviewed the victim who suspected his former landlord, whom he believes to be unstable. Suspect was contacted and denied the accusation. Loaded shotgun with 00B round in chamber was discovered. Commercial Burglary (January) The lock was pried off of large wooden doors on West H Street. Suspect entered and activated alarm, taking three guitars with a total value of $1,000. Stolen Vehicle (March) While Officer Collins was at the driver’s door of a vehicle during a routine car stop, the driver fled. During an area check the driver and passenger were seen walking and attempted to hide behind several trucks. The female passenger assisted officers, and the vehicle was found to be stolen from Antioch in mid-July. Burglary, Arson, Assault (October) Dispatch received a call stating that smoke was coming from an apartment. Fire and Police units responded and determined the fire was suspicious. Suspect was seen by some neighbors just before the fire, and a similar shoe impression was found on the door that was forced open. During further investigation, a 46-year-old male was arrested at the scene for burglary, arson, threats and assault on a police officer. Gunfire (October) Dispatch received a report of shots fired in the 100 block of Vista Grande. Upon arrival, police located an unoccupied vehicle that had been struck by gunfire. Witnesses described a distinct red Ford Mustang as the responsible vehicle. Detectives were able to obtain a “no bail” felony arrest warrant for the suspect. This is an excellent example of collaborative efforts by the officers that handled the initial case, the officers who conducted follow-up and located witnesses that could identify the suspect, and citizen witnesses coming forward and providing crucial eye-witness evidence. Assault, Auto Theft, Suicide (November) Dispatch received a call advising that a male subject had struck a woman in the head with a handgun and fled the area in a stolen vehicle. The suspect was identified and a warrant was immediately issued. SFPD located the stolen vehicle and suspect a few days later. The suspect fled from officers, was pursued by SFPD, and was involved in a standoff with police after he fired rounds at the officers. He later took his life after a six-hour standoff and negotiations failed. Probation Follow-up, Possession (December) Detective Barreto’s unit, Investigations and Solano County Probation teamed-up to conduct probation searches on 36 people who reside in Benicia. Two suspects were found to be in probation violation for possession of 3.3 pounds of marijuana and 0.3 grams of methamphetamine. Both were not home at the time and one later turned himself in. Weapons, Drug Possession (December) Corporal Rouse arrested a man for possession of weapons, drugs and a molotov cocktail (an IED, or Improvised Explosive Device) while parked near Pizza Pirate. Detective Serrano authored and served a search warrant at the suspect’s home in the 500 block of Cooper Drive.

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2012 Community Partnerships The Benicia Police Department partners with the community in a variety of venues and activities. These partnerships strengthen the connection between the department and the community, build trust and confidence in the department, and provide opportunities for citizens to interact with staff outside of need-based situations. Community partnerships are a vital part of the department’s policing philosophy, and highlights of these activities during 2012 include the following.

Coffee With The Cops

Coffee with the Cops marked its second year with three neighborhood/business meetings throughout the city. Chief Bidou invited citizens to meet members of the police department for an informal discussion on crime trends in individual neighborhoods, and information on city-wide activities. Lieutenants, Sergeants, Officers and Professional Staff were also in attendance to answer questions, offer tips and provide information on topics of interest, such as enhancing Neighborhood Watch Programs and other strategies to reduce crime and improve public safety.

Neighborhood Watch

The Neighborhood Watch Program is one in which neighbors organize to reduce criminal activity through signage, observation and reporting of suspicious activities. The department’s volunteer coordinator organizes neighborhood watch activities and department participation at neighborhood meetings.

National Night Out (NNO)

NNO is an anti-crime program that strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. National Night Out events include block parties, cookouts and visits from local police and sheriff departments, with awareness extending well beyond the one night. The Benicia Police Department proudly supports National Night Out and regularly visits these neighborhood gatherings.

Prescription Medication Take-Back Program

In association with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Benicia Police Department held two of these events in 2012, accepting more than 400 pounds of unwanted, expired or unused prescription medications from Benicia and Vallejo residents. This proactive program addresses vital public safety and public health issues: medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The TakeBack Program provides those with unused prescription medications a safe and legal way to dispose of them.

Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

Members of the Benicia Police Department along with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office ran 3.6 miles in this annual event supporting the Special Olympics of Northern California.

Relay for Life Event

Relay for Life events help communities celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Members of the department participated by walking for the team, working the booth and providing K9 demonstrations as well as general education about the police department.

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2012 Traffic, Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Safe Routes to School

This Benicia Police Department program encourages students to walk and bike to school safely with educational events like Bike Rodeos, Walk and Roll and the Walking School Bus. Events are held on-location at the local elementary and middle schools, and the program is funded by the Solano Transportation Authority (STA). • Bike Rodeos Bike Rodeos promote bike safety with helmet fittings, reviews of rules-of-the-road and practical bike obstacle courses on-site for kids to practice what they’ve learned. Those with defective bike helmets or without helmets are given new ones. • Walk and Roll Walk and Roll is a week-long event with the goal of getting kids to walk or ride bikes to school. It is aimed at healthy living and reducing traffic. The week usually ends with a Bike Rodeo. • Walking School Bus The Walking School Bus initiative promotes a healthy lifestyle and traffic safety by inviting students to walk to school as a group with their peers, teachers and parents from a safe, pre-determined drop-off location.

Solar-Powered Traffic Radar Trailer with Sign Board The solar-powered radar trailer with message board is placed in areas where complaints have been received about speeding vehicles. In addition to displaying the speed of approaching vehicles, the sign board can be programmed to warn vehicles to slow down should they be traveling at an excessive speed. The two-year old radar trailer has enhanced the Traffic Unit’s ability to help educate the motoring public prior to enforcement efforts by the police department. The locations in which the trailer is deployed is determined by citizen feedback: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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2012 School Resource Officers The Benicia Police Department currently staffs two full-time Student Resource Officers (SROs). One SRO is assigned to Benicia High School and the other is assigned to Benicia Middle School. The SROs also provide services to each of the elementary schools in town. SROs enhance the safe learning environment within the school district, establish strong working relationships with school staff members to prevent juvenile delinquency, promote positive attitudes regarding the role of police, and inform students of their rights and responsibilities as lawful members of the community. Following are some of the initiatives and events that Benicia’s SROs coordinate throughout the year:

Safe Schools Team

Assigned personnel from the Benicia Unified School District along with Benicia Police Department’s SROs comprise the Safe Schools Team and work together to address safety issues on campuses throughout the school district.

Anti-Bullying Student Awareness Campaign

In coordination with the Benicia Unified School District and Benicia Youth Action Coalition, the Benicia Police Department held a week-long anti-bullying student awareness campaign. The program provided students with valuable tools to respond to bullying situations.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)

A successful national substance abuse prevention and education program, D.A.R.E. empowers children to lead safe and healthy lives.

Substance Abuse Forum

In these times of increased substance abuse among students, the Benicia Unified School District in cooperation with the Benicia Police Department holds monthly forums consisting of students, a school psychologist, a chemical dependency and recovery specialist, a member of the investigations unit of the police department, a physician, and an additional expert pertaining to the topic. The purpose of these meetings is to provide accurate information regarding drug use in a venue that encourages respectful communication, to influence youth to refrain from substance abuse, and to provide information from experts in discussing choices with students.

Significant Cases: • A female student with a history of difficulties at school eventually disclosed having been sexually molested by her brother when she was seven. This led to the confession and consequent arrest of the brother. • A middle school fight broke out, and victim sustained a serious eye injury. Suspect was arrested and gave a full confession. • A female student disclosed that she had been dating an adult male to whom she had sent photos of herself in the past. He was using these to blackmail her. Suspect was arrested and gave a full confession. • Suspect was brought into office on suspicion of carrying a weapon. No weapon was located but pills were found. Suspect’s cell phone was searched and he confessed to being a drug dealer and was arrested.

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2012 County Collaborations & State Grants The Benicia Police Department makes the most of its resources by partnering with other agencies in the county and state. Following are some of the collaborative activities in which the department participates.

• Avoid the 10 DUI Campaign • Vallejo/Benicia/Suisun SWAT Team (Special Weapons & Tactics)

This joint SWAT team includes six Benicia Police Department members, with two Hostage Negotiators (Harris & Cameron) and three Tactical Dispatchers (Schooley, Foley & Teel). Significant Cases:

1- Craigs List robbery where three armed suspects entered a residence. Tear gas was deployed, and the residence caught fire due to a faulty water heater. 2- Subject known to be actively making pipe bombs. Area was evacuated and Napa Bomb Team arrived to assist. Subject was taken into custody, residence was searched and bomb-making material was located. 3- Vallejo Patrol responded to a neighbor dispute where two were shot and killed in the front yard. Suspect barricaded himself and later exited and was taken into custody. 4- Domestic dispute where the boyfriend made threats and fired several rounds inside the residence. Residence was surrounded and several neighbors were evacuated. Subject was called out and arrested.

• Sol-NET (Solano County Narcotics Enforcement Team)

Sol-NET is comprised of detectives from Benicia, Fairfield and Dixon Police Departments. Additionally, three Cal-MMET (California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team) detectives and one supervisor from the Sheriff’s Office are also part of the taskforce.

This past year detectives have primarily worked a federal case originating in Solano County involving an international drug trafficking organization. This was a complex case in which Sol-NET worked closely with the DEA. After months of surveillance and several search warrants, approximately 35 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $420,000 was seized. Numerous arrests were also made.

Additionally, over 51 pounds of methamphetamine was confiscated in 2012. The total street value of narcotics seized in Solano County in 2012 was approximately $19,400,000.

• Emergency Communication Radio Interoperability • K-9 Training with Solano County Sheriff’s Office • Vehicle Theft Taskforce • Mobile Field Force • Parole Sweeps

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2012 Volunteer Program The Benicia Police Department encourages the participation of citizen volunteers within the organization through our Volunteers in Police Services program (VIPS). VIPS is a partnership between volunteers from the community and the police department. Benicia’s award-winning VIPS program was recognized as an “Outstanding Law Enforcement Program” in 2008 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Volunteers bring their experience and skills to enhance the services provided by local police. Specially trained volunteers work to make our community a safer place in which to live. Volunteer assistance allows our police officers more time to protect our citizens and deter crime. Citizens can participate in several volunteer programs: Police Explorers: Youth 15 to 20-years-old can participate as uniformed police explorers (cadets). Explorers volunteer their time and assist the department in a number of tasks. Explorers train in a variety of areas from conducting building searches and traffic control, to lighting flares and weaponless defenses. Patrol Volunteers: Citizens participate in our field services which support our patrol officers by providing extra patrol, traffic control, support for the residential Vacation Watch Program, parking enforcement, vehicle transport, special events support and other field duties. This year, patrol volunteers conducted 1,389 residence checks for the Vacation Watch Program, and assisted at 33 community events. Police Interns: College students majoring in criminal justice can serve as interns and earn volunteer hours required to complete their degrees. Evidence Services: Volunteers provide assistance in our Evidence Room, helping to review and purge old evidence items. Investigations Services: Volunteers also provide assistance for our Investigations Unit, and clerical support for the Youth Services Officer. Support Services: Citizens volunteering for these important behind-the-scenes services assist with data entry, clerical tasks and administrative assignments within the Records & Investigations division of the Benicia Police Department. Chaplains: Citizens from the faith community serve as Police and Community Chaplains. The Chaplaincy Program provides assistance to crime victims and their families, assists police officers on notification visits, and serves all aspects of the VIPS during critical incidents. Program

Volunteer Hours 2012

Explorers

323

Evidence

250

Support

857

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2012 Family Resource Center Family Resource Center Collaborative Assistance for Families - Keeping Children Safe & Families Strong Benicia’s Family Resource Center (FRC) is a grant-funded, community-based center where familles can get information about local resources, and receive help with accessing social services. The FRC provides direct services and referrals for parent education, counseling, substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse prevention, along with limited emergency financial assistance for basic needs. The FRC and Benicia Police Department work closely together, so that families get the support and assistance they need. In 2012, the FRC: • Served 221 families with 414 children between the ages of 0 and 18 • Received 69 referrals from the Benicia Police Department • Provided 42 families with financial assistance for emergency basic needs • Offered three sessions of the the 10-week-long Parent Project class In 2012, the top five FRC service referrals were: 1. Utility assistance 2. Food assistance

3. Housing assistance

4. Therapy/counseling 5. Parenting classes

FRC Coordinators Susan Ferdinandi and Blanche Hillman

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2012 K9 Units “Bak”

“Mirco”

Significant Training Completed:

Significant Training Completed:

Suspects Tactics & Perimeter for Handlers & K9s • K9 Use of Force Training • K9 Legal Update • BPD/Vallejo Swat K9 Training

5-Week Basic K9 Course with Solano County Trainer

Notable Statistics:

Narcotics vehicle searches - 7 Narcotics building searches - 4 • Alarms & burglaries building searches - 10 • •

Notable Statistics:

Building & residence searches - 12 Vehicle searches - 21 • Area searches - 6 • •

K9 Demonstrations in 2012:

Solano County Ag Day • Benicia Girl Scouts • Red Ribbon Week • Relay for Life • Dixon May Fair • Joe Henderson Elementary School • Matthew Turner Elementary School • Benicia Middle School •

Officer Kirk Keffer and Bak

Trial

Benicia K9 Participant(s)

Dos Palos

Bak

Lodi

Bak (Placed 3rd out of 17 in Vehicle Narcotics Search)

Manteca

Bak & Mirco

Modesto

Bak

Stockton

Bak & Mirco

Officer Brian Collins and Mirco

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2012 Service Statistics The Benicia Police Department prides itself on being a full-service department. In addition to responses by patrol officers to various calls for assistance, other members of our agency also provide vital daily services to the community. Following are some statistics highlighting the importance of these crucial “behind-thescenes” services. These statistics represent only a portion of the duties for which these roles are responsible. Animal Control & Vehicle Abatement Officer In 2012, Officer Darlene Jelonek responded to 1,150 animal-related calls and investigated 350 vehicles, 35 of which were abated. Records Clerk In 2012, Records released 132 vehicles, responded to 141 discovery requests from the District Attorney’s office, and released 1,687 records. Community Service Officer I In 2012, 13 car seat safety inspections were performed, 211 fingerprint records were created, and 1,021 subpoenas were processed. Community Service Officer II/Evidence Technician In 2012, CSO/Evidence Tech Laura Williams logged approximately 1,280 pieces of property, received 77 firearms, and destroyed 8 seized/unclaimed firearms. Ninety-five of these cases contained drugs, and over 550 cases were purged. Court orders are currently being prepared for the destruction of over 600 drug items and over 50 guns. Four-hundred pounds of prescription medications were received as a result of two “Drug Take Back” events in 2012. Dispatch In 2012, the Communications Center responded to 5,761 emergency (9-1-1) calls, 99.5% of which were answered within 10 seconds.

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2012 Upgrades Benicia Police Department upgrades were partially or fully underwritten through grant funds. Grant sources include local (Association of Bay Area Government’s Risk Mitigation), state (Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Funds) and federal funds (Department of Justice, Recovery Act Justice Assistance Grant, Homeland Security).

New Equipment / New Software Naviline Server

New “Windows look and feel” for Crimes and CAD allows for enhancements in training module, the ability to add photographs to Crimes section, and improved efficiency in data input process for volunteers.

Evidence Media File Storage System

New file system on department SAN (Storage Area Network) houses evidence files securely with automatic file back-up. All existing files were moved off of the old server, which was due for replacement. This is also the starting point for moving the entire department file system over to a more manageable structure, allowing a cost savings by removing maintenance fees.

Upgrades / Enhancements SunGard System Upgrade

The SunGard system was upgraded to the latest software (version 7.0), allowing further development of the department’s Crimes and CAD platform. With assistance from city IT, a wifi network was established throughout the police department with several access points allowing seamless connections from dispatch to evidence.

AS400 Dispatch Interface

In 2012, Benicia Police Department interfaced the AS400 dispatching system with two significant Fire Department projects: Amerilert Paging Allows Fire Department personnel to be paged on their personal cell phones at the dispatch of significant designated call types. Firehouse Interface Allows fire engines and rescue to receive fire dispatch calls through a new iPad interface.

MS Office Upgrade

Department IT was upgraded to Microsoft Office 2012.

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2012 Crime Statistics UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) is an FBI program compilation of annual crime statistics for the United States. In 2012 Benicia had its lowest crime rates in more than 26 years.

UCR Totals - Benicia

2008

464

471

434

566

2007

500

526

546

571

549

599

600

605

700

400

300

200

100

0

2003

2004

2005

2006

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2010

2011

2012


2012 Crime Statistics (continued) UCR  %  Change  By  Year   2003-­‐2012   20.0%  

15.0%  

11.7%  

10.0%  

5.0%  

10.2%   7.2%   3.7%  

0.0%  

-­‐5.6%  

-­‐5.0%  

-­‐4.4%   -­‐6.5%  

-­‐8.3%   -­‐10.0%  

-­‐11.8%  

-­‐15.0%  

-­‐16.8%  

-­‐20.0%   2003  

2004  

2005  

2006  

2007  

2008  

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2010  

2011  

2012  


2012 Crime Statistics (continued) Benicia Five-Year Totals by Type 600  

500  

400  

Arson   Stolen  Vehicle   Larceny   Burglary  

300  

Aggravated  Assault   Robbery   Rape   200  

Homicide  

100  

0   2008  

2009  

2010  

2011  

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2012 Citation Statistics 2011

2012

Parking Traffic

245 2467

122 1674

Other

211

301

Adult

681

521

Juvenile

139

92

Traffic Collisions

147

102

Founded Citizen Complaints

2

0

Unfounded Citizen Complaints

1

1

CITATIONS

ARRESTS OTHERS

2011

2012 12%

11%

9%

11%

33%

38%

9% 11%

9%

3% 8%

4%

2% 4%

8% 4%

5% 5%

6%

5%

6%

REGISTRATION VIOLATIONS

CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRIVING

SPEEDING

SPEEDING

NO PROOF OF INSURANCE

STOP SIGN VIOLATIONS

STOP SIGN VIOLATIONS

WARNING

WARNING

REGISTRATION VIOLATIONS

PARKING VIOLATIONS

NO PROOF OF INSURANCE

SUSPENDED DRIVERS LICENSE

SUSPENDED DRIVERS LICENSE

CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRIVING

PARKING VIOLATIONS

SEAT BELT VIOLATIONS (Adult & Child)

SEAT BELT VIOLATIONS (Adult & Child)

ALL OTHERS

DUI (Driving Under the Influence) ALL OTHERS

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2012 Budget The budget challenges of the past few years continued this year. Uncertainty with the state budget and continuing fluxes in local revenue demanded ongoing adjustments in planning for current and future expenses. The police department carried over innovations and efficiencies developed in response to past budget challenges. Of particular note is the continued dedication, flexibility and professionalism of staff who continue providing the highest level of service despite ongoing reductions in resources. Overtime controls continue to be implemented and the department attained historically low overtime expenses in fiscal year 2011-2012 (ending June 30, 2012) for the second consecutive year.

Fiscal  Year  2012-­‐2013    

Training    $68,475    

Fuel    $100,690    

Benefits    $2,431,565     29%   Internal  Service  Fund  Charges     $296,270    4%  

CriEcal  Systems  Maintenance    $145,490    

OperaEng  Budget    $563,390     7%  

Salary    $5,128,595     60%  

Remaining  OperaEng  Budget    $278,930    

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2012 Budget (continued) The chart below demonstrates the outcome of overtime controls and reductions, resulting in a ten-year low of $214,720, which is just under three percent of annual expenditures.

Historical  Over.me  Costs   $600,000  

10%  

$490,897  

$500,000  

8%  

$400,000  

$300,000  

7%  

$286,950  

5%  

Year  End  Total   %  of  Expenditures  

$214,720   $200,000  

3%  

$100,000  

2%  

$0  

0%   02-­‐03  

03-­‐04  

04-­‐05  

05-­‐06  

06-­‐07  

07-­‐08  

08-­‐09  

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Vaca9on  Relief  

Training  Backfill  

Training  

Traffic  Court  

SWAT  Training  

ShiH  Change  

Report  Wri9ng  

Mee9ng  

K9  Training  

Inves9ga9ons  

Illness  Relief  

Court  Hearing  

Comp9me  Relief  

City  Special  Event  

Call  Back  

Hours  

2012 Budget (continued)   2012  Over-me  Hours  by  Type  

500  

450  

400  

350  

300  

250  

200   Sworn  

150   Services    

100  

50  


Benicia Police Department Medals The Benicia Police Department formally acknowledges individuals whose exceptional acts have benefited the community and law enforcement. This recognition is extended through the award of medals, certificates and challenge coins for heroic life-saving acts, meritorious service and actions above and beyond the call of duty.

Medal of Valor (Blue/Gold)

Awarded to a member of the department who distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of the service will be exacted and each recommendation for the award of this decoration will be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit. The Medal of Valor shall be the highest award the department can bestow.

Meritorious Service Medal (White)

The service justifying the medal must be exceptionally outstanding and/or of conspicuous bravery, worthy of distinctive recognition and in the finest traditions of the police service, and bringing credit not only to the recipient, but also to the department, city and profession.

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Benicia Police Department Medals (continued) Life-Saving Medal (Red/White)

Awarded to any member of the department who rescues or endeavors to rescue any other person from great peril and/or death and by doing so thus saves or extends the affected individual’s life.

Distinguished Service Medal (Red/White/Blue)

Awarded to any member of the department who, while serving in any capacity, has distinguished himself or herself by exceptional service to the agency and/or city in a duty of great responsibility. The performance must be such as to merit recognition for service which is clearly exceptional. Exceptional performance of normal duty will not alone justify an award of this decoration.

Community Policing Medal (Blue)

The Community Policing Medal is awarded to department personnel who have solved a significant community problem, included the community in the problem-solving process, and/or shown a commitment to the department’s Community Policing philosophy. The Community Policing Medal may be awarded to an individual or to an organizational entity within the department.

Purple Heart Medal (Purple/White)

Awarded to any member of the department who is killed or wounded during conflict with a hostile person(s). The award may be made in conjunction with other awards authorized for the same incident(s) or course of action.

Police Officer/Police and Fire Dispatcher of the Year Medal (Red)

This award is presented to a sworn police employee and a non-sworn public safety dispatcher whose work performance and actions are clearly above the call of ordinary duty. Significant achievement in providing public safety is required. A constant commitment to outstanding service is demonstrated and both have demonstrated a distinct pattern of service to community coupled with professional achievement.

Chief’s Medal (Blue/White/Blue)

The Chief’s Medal is awarded for outstanding performance which is worthy of special recognition, but not to the degree which would warrant the award of a higher decoration. The criteria should not be the period of service involved, but rather the circumstances and conditions under which the service was performed. The performance should be well above that usually expected of an individual commensurate with the individual’s assigned duties and responsibilities, and above that degree of excellence which can be appropriately reflected in an employee’s personnel evaluation or similar review.

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In Memoriam California Peace Officers’ Memorial California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremonies have been conducted annually since 1977. These events honor the officers who have fallen in the line of duty the preceding year, recognizing the sacrifice of those loved and left behind. In 2012, two California Peace Officers and one K9 gave their lives in the line of duty.

Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriff

Robert Paris

End of Watch: 4/12/12

California Highway Patrol Officer

Kenyon Youngstrom End of Watch: 9/5/12

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office K9

“Morgan”

End of Watch: 8/20/12

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