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Dear Mayor, <strong>City</strong> Council and Community Members,<br />

Many years ago, when I first considered a move to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley, a close friend described <strong>Lompoc</strong> as <strong>the</strong> “gem <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Central Coast.” After having served in this community for twelve years, I could not agree more. The geographic<br />

location is one <strong>of</strong> picturesque beauty and <strong>the</strong> climate is on par with many world-renowned resort areas. But it is <strong>the</strong><br />

people that make <strong>Lompoc</strong> a special place. <strong>Lompoc</strong> residents enjoy a sense <strong>of</strong> community and heart for service that far<br />

surpasses <strong>the</strong> norm. The men and women <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department embody that community spirit and continue<br />

to serve in extraordinary fashion.<br />

The <strong>of</strong>ficers, dispatchers, jailers, community services <strong>of</strong>ficers, clerical staff, volunteers and explorers who serve <strong>the</strong><br />

residents <strong>of</strong> our <strong>City</strong> are highly trained, courteous pr<strong>of</strong>essionals who take pride in a job well done and take responsibility<br />

for solving <strong>the</strong> problems that arise in our community. They are a resilient lot, who unselfishly dedicate <strong>the</strong>mselves to<br />

<strong>the</strong> task <strong>of</strong> “taking care <strong>of</strong> our town” in spite <strong>of</strong> compensation inequities, staffing shortages and external organizational<br />

challenges.<br />

2007 was a year <strong>of</strong> challenge and transition for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department. The Department saw <strong>the</strong> untimely and<br />

tragic death <strong>of</strong> Agent Christopher Kies, <strong>the</strong> departure <strong>of</strong> Chief Brown and Captain Williams, <strong>the</strong> installation <strong>of</strong> a new<br />

chief <strong>of</strong> <strong>police</strong>, <strong>the</strong> hiring <strong>of</strong> Captain Ralston and Captain Deming, an impasse in contract negotiations, as well as <strong>the</strong><br />

continuing challenges <strong>of</strong> a new tide <strong>of</strong> gang violence that erupted in <strong>the</strong> fall <strong>of</strong> 2006 and carried through <strong>the</strong> spring <strong>of</strong><br />

2007.<br />

The insurgence <strong>of</strong> gangs became a central issue for all <strong>the</strong> communities in Santa Barbara County. <strong>Lompoc</strong> was <strong>the</strong> first<br />

to hold community forums and address gang issues head on through a three-pronged approach <strong>of</strong> prevention,<br />

intervention and accountability. The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department added a Community Services Officer position tasked<br />

with addressing graffiti. Patrol <strong>of</strong>ficers met with community members to identify neighborhood problems. A<br />

combination <strong>of</strong> gang enforcement efforts by <strong>the</strong> Gang/Narcotics Enforcement Team, targeted patrol overtime, provided<br />

by a federal anti-gang grant, and heightened vigilance on <strong>the</strong> part <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficers and residents alike, helped address<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong>’s gang related issues.<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> continues to be one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> safest communities on <strong>the</strong> Central Coast. Even with <strong>the</strong> increase in gang activity,<br />

total Part 1 crimes per 1,000 population reported in 2007 were nearly 15% lower than those reported in 2006. To put<br />

this into perspective a <strong>Lompoc</strong> resident is 15% and 27% less likely to be a victim <strong>of</strong> a Part 1 crime than those residents<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> two larger population communities <strong>of</strong> Santa Barbara County.<br />

As we look to <strong>the</strong> future, reducing gang influences in our community through prevention efforts and proactive law<br />

enforcement remains a priority, as well as addressing quality <strong>of</strong> life issues in each neighborhood <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong>. The<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department continues to face <strong>the</strong> attrition <strong>of</strong> trained <strong>police</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficers and dispatchers due to salary<br />

disparities. I remain committed to providing <strong>the</strong> staff <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department with <strong>the</strong> highest quality <strong>of</strong><br />

training and resources possible in an effort to “take care <strong>of</strong> our staff” so that <strong>the</strong>y are fully supported and equipped to<br />

devote <strong>the</strong>ir energies to “taking care <strong>of</strong> our <strong>City</strong>.”<br />

It is with tremendous pride in our organization and honor to serve <strong>the</strong> residents <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> that I present this<br />

annual report chronicling <strong>the</strong> activities <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department in 2007.<br />

TIMOTHY L. DABNEY<br />

Chief <strong>of</strong> Police


<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department<br />

Mission Statement<br />

“The mission <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department is to provide<br />

effective and pr<strong>of</strong>essional <strong>police</strong> services, in partnership with<br />

<strong>the</strong> citizens we serve, encouraging mutual respect and<br />

innovative problem solving, <strong>the</strong>reby improving <strong>the</strong> quality <strong>of</strong><br />

life in our community.”<br />

CORE VALUES OF THE LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

QUALITY<br />

The quality <strong>of</strong> a <strong>police</strong> <strong>department</strong> is reflected in its people, its leadership, its reputation, and its<br />

vision. We are dedicated to selecting, developing and retaining a diverse staff <strong>of</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essionals<br />

who embrace excellence as <strong>the</strong>ir driving force and who continually strive to surpass <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

previous accomplishments.<br />

SERVICE<br />

The primary function <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department is to serve <strong>the</strong> public. We are a<br />

proactive enforcement oriented organization committed to delivering responsive, innovative, and<br />

courteous service in an impartial manner. We encourage community input and participation in<br />

our delivery <strong>of</strong> <strong>police</strong> services.<br />

INTEGRITY<br />

We recognize that we are employed in positions <strong>of</strong> great trust, responsibility and expectation in<br />

our community. We hold ourselves to an elevated standard <strong>of</strong> conduct and accept only <strong>the</strong><br />

highest levels <strong>of</strong> honesty and ethical behavior on <strong>the</strong> part <strong>of</strong> all our members. Our citizens<br />

deserve nothing less.<br />

COMPASSION<br />

The people we serve are individuals who possess <strong>the</strong> full range <strong>of</strong> human strengths,<br />

weaknesses, and needs. Each member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department places a high value<br />

on being in <strong>the</strong> people business. We realize that every contact is unique and that we do not<br />

always see citizens in <strong>the</strong> most favorable circumstances. We will express concern and empathy<br />

for those who need our services.<br />

PRIDE<br />

Police work is a noble undertaking. We believe we make a difference in our community and<br />

take great pride in our accomplishments. Our members exhibit creativity, confidence and<br />

courage in meeting <strong>the</strong> daily challenges <strong>of</strong> our pr<strong>of</strong>ession.


<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department<br />

Organizational Chart 2007<br />

Timothy L. Dabney<br />

Chief <strong>of</strong> Police<br />

Administrative Secretary<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essional Standards Sergeant<br />

Captain Donald Deming<br />

Operations Division<br />

Captain Larry Ralston<br />

Support Services Division<br />

Patrol Section<br />

Community Services<br />

Section<br />

Investigations<br />

Section<br />

Records /<br />

Property<br />

Dispatch/Jail<br />

Section<br />

Patrol<br />

Watches<br />

G.R.E.A.T.<br />

S.R.O. Officers<br />

Major Crimes<br />

Traffic Unit<br />

Canine Unit<br />

Special<br />

Enforcement<br />

Team<br />

Vehicle<br />

Abatement<br />

Graffiti<br />

Abatement<br />

Police Activities<br />

League<br />

Volunteer<br />

Unit<br />

Police Explorer<br />

Unit<br />

Property<br />

Crimes<br />

Juvenile<br />

Crimes<br />

Crimes Against<br />

Women<br />

Gang-<br />

Narcotics<br />

Enforcement<br />

Team<br />

STAFFING<br />

51 Sworn Officers<br />

22 Non-sworn<br />

16 Part-time<br />

40 Volunteers<br />

10 Explorers<br />

SHIFTS<br />

3/12 Shift<br />

4/10 Shift<br />

9/80 Shift<br />

FLEET<br />

11 Marked Patrol<br />

11 Unmarked<br />

7 Utility Vehicles<br />

3 Motorcycles<br />

SBRNET


LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT ROSTER<br />

2007<br />

CHIEF OF POLICE<br />

Timothy L. Dabney<br />

CAPTAINS<br />

Donald Deming †<br />

Larry Ralston †<br />

Patrick A. Williams *<br />

SERGEANTS<br />

Joseph Bailey<br />

Nathan Flint<br />

Allen Chisholm<br />

Deanna Clement<br />

Edward Lardner<br />

Lane Middleton<br />

Daniel Rios<br />

Charles Strange<br />

AGENTS<br />

Augustin Arias †<br />

Milt Baldwin<br />

Scott Casey<br />

Bryan Dillard †<br />

Christopher Kies *<br />

Jorge Magana<br />

Joseph Stetz<br />

Joseph Villalobos *<br />

OFFICERS<br />

Susie Aanerud<br />

Eric Andreasen<br />

Sergio Arias<br />

Jason Bailey *<br />

Jon Bailey<br />

George Berrios *<br />

Denise Brown *<br />

Donald Bumanglag<br />

Tammy Clancy<br />

Ray Clancy †<br />

Kristie Colombo *<br />

Corey Cox<br />

Stephen Delauretis<br />

Philip Dollman<br />

Jason Flint<br />

William Francis<br />

David Garcia<br />

Leonel Garza<br />

Sean Gowing<br />

Brian Guerra †<br />

Ronald Hutchins<br />

Nolan Jones †<br />

OFFICERS<br />

David Lamar †<br />

Jon Lerner *<br />

Frank Lopez<br />

Vince Magallon<br />

Scott Morgan<br />

Paul Ordaz *<br />

Eric Nesby<br />

Mark Powell<br />

John Reyna<br />

Kevin Schryvers<br />

Daniel Sessions<br />

Lucas Signorelli †<br />

Andrew White †<br />

Christian Woodhead<br />

Timothy Xiong<br />

RESERVE OFFICERS<br />

Don Dodson<br />

Harry Heidt<br />

CIVILIAN SUPERVISORS<br />

Jennifer Chastain<br />

Nancy Faust<br />

DISPATCHERS<br />

Kim Berry<br />

Angelique Borges<br />

Rachel Delkener †<br />

Gail Densmore<br />

Cindy Espinosa<br />

Leslie Muller †<br />

Rita Neumann<br />

Betty Scherer<br />

JAILERS<br />

Jack Ellis<br />

Larry Miller<br />

Mat<strong>the</strong>w Paine<br />

Brian Rosby<br />

Coyle Turner PT<br />

Todd Woolley<br />

Police Chaplains<br />

Bernie Federmann<br />

Chuck Musselwhite *<br />

Greg Nelson †<br />

PT Indicates Part-Time<br />

COMMUNITY SERVICES<br />

OFFICERS<br />

Sandi Bailey<br />

Joseph Bailey, Jr. †<br />

David Blackburn PT<br />

Judy Cooley PT<br />

Alison Herson †<br />

Mary Terrones PT<br />

Victoria Smith PT<br />

Edward York<br />

Office Staff Assistants<br />

Kitty Bauer PT<br />

Ginger Cross *<br />

Rocio Cazares PT<br />

Judy Hockey *<br />

Vicki Johnson<br />

Lesa Larson<br />

Karen Niemi<br />

Crossing Guards<br />

Anna Crews<br />

Joe Mellen<br />

Beverly Placencia*<br />

Nicki Pippen<br />

Carla Semenza*<br />

Richard Summers<br />

Diana Williamson<br />

Interns<br />

Malia Avillanoza*<br />

Jay Boudreaux †<br />

Joshua Foote *<br />

Alissa Iveland<br />

Trevor Tews *<br />

Information Services<br />

Monique Wales<br />

Victim Advocate<br />

Cozetta Blow<br />

* Indicates Separated from<br />

<strong>the</strong> Department in 2007<br />

† Indicates Hired or<br />

Promoted in 2007


<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department Photo Roster


2007 DEPARTMENT AWARDS<br />

Steve Delauretis<br />

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD – SWORN OFFICER<br />

Detective Steve “Dino” Delauretis has been awarded <strong>the</strong> 2007<br />

Meritorious Service Award for Sworn Staff. Detective Delauretis’<br />

work ethic and perseverance have served LPD well in his current<br />

position as a detective. He has shown compassion toward <strong>the</strong><br />

victims <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> crimes he has investigated, while working hard to<br />

identify, interview, and arrest perpetrators. Detective Delauretis<br />

currently occupies <strong>the</strong> Crimes Against Women / Domestic<br />

Violence investigative position and works with Victim Advocate<br />

Cozetta Blow to provide advocacy, prevention, education, and<br />

effective law enforcement services for survivors <strong>of</strong> sexual assault<br />

and domestic violence. Detective Delauretis is also called upon to<br />

assist with homicides and o<strong>the</strong>r major cases. His tenacity has<br />

earned him <strong>the</strong> 2007 Meritorious Service Award.<br />

Val Scott<br />

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR<br />

Val has been a volunteer since 2004 and donated close to 300<br />

hours during 2007. She currently serves as <strong>the</strong> volunteer<br />

coordinator and was <strong>the</strong> assistant coordinator during 2006 and<br />

part <strong>of</strong> 2007. Val and her beat partner wrote 435 parking<br />

citations this year. She is available for emergency call outs. She<br />

has worked traffic control, DUI checkpoints, Spring Arts, Flower<br />

Festival, completes vehicle inventories, helps with National<br />

Night Out, and o<strong>the</strong>r special projects.<br />

Val is very enthusiastic<br />

about her volunteerism. She keeps <strong>the</strong> volunteer unit organized<br />

and gets things done. Val is always cheerful and has a smile on<br />

her face.<br />

Betty Scherer<br />

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD - SUPPORT EMPLOYEE<br />

Betty Scherer has been awarded <strong>the</strong> 2007 Meritorious Service<br />

Award for Support Staff. As a Dispatcher-Jailer, Betty’s<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essionalism and <strong>the</strong> way she treats o<strong>the</strong>rs is truly appreciated.<br />

This is evidenced by <strong>the</strong> nominations she continuously receives<br />

year after year. Betty has demonstrated continued service and love<br />

for our community and our Department. Her outgoing personality<br />

and positive demeanor are contagious and set an excellent example<br />

for less tenured personnel.


Daniel Rios<br />

ELLEN McCASLIN AWARD<br />

The Ellen McCaslin Award is awarded annually to an employee<br />

as selected by <strong>the</strong> Chief <strong>of</strong> Police who embodies Ellen’s<br />

attributes <strong>of</strong> optimism, team spirit, dedication, and loyalty to <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department. Sergeant Danny Rios was selected<br />

to receive <strong>the</strong> Ellen McCaslin Award for 2007, as <strong>the</strong> result <strong>of</strong><br />

his exemplary service to <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> and <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Police Department.<br />

Sergeant Rios has been an <strong>of</strong>ficer with <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department since 2000 and was promoted to <strong>the</strong> rank <strong>of</strong><br />

Sergeant in July <strong>of</strong> 2006.<br />

In 2007, Officer Andrew White received <strong>the</strong> first ever Rookie <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Year Award. This award honors a new <strong>of</strong>ficer who posted<br />

<strong>the</strong> most statistics as compared to his/her contemporaries.<br />

Officer White was <strong>the</strong> top performing new LPD <strong>of</strong>ficer, with 253<br />

reports, 85 <strong>arrests</strong>, and 61 citations. His ability to learn,<br />

exemplified by his authorship and execution <strong>of</strong> three search<br />

warrants so early in his career are indicative <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> bright future<br />

before him.<br />

Andrew white<br />

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR<br />

Joseph Stetz<br />

ELK’S TOP COP<br />

Agent Joseph Stetz has been honored with <strong>the</strong> Elk’s Award for<br />

Outstanding Performance, also known as <strong>the</strong> “Top Cop” Award.<br />

Agent Stetz has always had a reputation for dedication and hard<br />

work. Over <strong>the</strong> last ten years, Agent Stetz has been a narcotics<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficer, SBRNET Agent, D.A.R.E Officer, Field Training Officer,<br />

Patrol Agent, shown initiative in drafting a civil gang injunction.<br />

During 2007, Agent Joseph Stetz made a total <strong>of</strong> 133 <strong>arrests</strong>.<br />

On April 15, 2007, Agent Stetz was responsible for <strong>the</strong><br />

apprehension <strong>of</strong> a suspect <strong>of</strong> a murder that had occurred just<br />

minutes earlier. During <strong>the</strong> arrest items <strong>of</strong> important evidence<br />

were located. Agent Stetz is credited for his intuition, knowledge<br />

<strong>of</strong> crime trends, and hard work to keep our community safe.


Eric Andreasen<br />

H. THOMAS GUERRY AWARD FOR VALOR<br />

ELKS AWARD FOR VALOR<br />

On May 7, 2007, Officer Andreasen was assigned to his patrol<br />

duties when deputies from <strong>the</strong> Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s<br />

Office requested assistance with a high speed pursuit <strong>of</strong> a stolen<br />

vehicle. After Officer Andreasen joined <strong>the</strong> pursuing deputies,<br />

<strong>the</strong> vehicle swerved <strong>of</strong>f <strong>the</strong> roadway, flipped, and came to rest on<br />

<strong>the</strong> driver’s side with <strong>the</strong> engine compartment on fire.<br />

Officer Andreasen and Sheriff’s Deputy Johnny Langehennig, Jr.<br />

found two male occupants inside <strong>the</strong> burning vehicle. Officer<br />

Andreasen used his <strong>police</strong> baton to break out <strong>the</strong> passenger side<br />

windows. Then, Officer Andreasen and Deputy Langehennig<br />

pulled <strong>the</strong> passenger from <strong>the</strong> vehicle.<br />

As <strong>the</strong> fire spread into <strong>the</strong> passenger compartment, several attempts were made to pull <strong>the</strong><br />

driver from <strong>the</strong> vehicle. However, <strong>the</strong> driver crawled deeper into <strong>the</strong> car and communicated<br />

to <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficers that he intended to stay in <strong>the</strong> burning vehicle to avoid capture. Without<br />

hesitation, Officer Andreasen deployed his Department issued taser, briefly incapacitating<br />

<strong>the</strong> suspect while he and Deputy Langehennig pulled <strong>the</strong> suspect out <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> burning vehicle<br />

and safely took him into custody.<br />

According to Deputy Lengehennig, “Officer Eric Andreasen did an exemplary job in<br />

apprehending a dangerous wanted felon. Officer Andreasen should be commended for<br />

maintaining great calm and for risking his own safety to pull two suspects from <strong>the</strong> vehicle,<br />

which had caught on fire. If not for his actions, <strong>the</strong> two suspects would most certainly have<br />

perished, as shortly after removing <strong>the</strong>m, <strong>the</strong> vehicle burst into flames.”<br />

For <strong>the</strong> brav ery demonstrated on May 7, 2007, Eric Andreasen was awarded both <strong>the</strong> H.<br />

Thomas guerry Award for Valor and <strong>the</strong> Elk’s Award for Valor.


Milt Baldwin<br />

H. THOMAS GUERRY AWARD FOR SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE<br />

Agent Milt Baldwin has received <strong>the</strong> H. Thomas Guerry Award<br />

for Superior Performance. Agent Baldwin has served <strong>the</strong><br />

citizens <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> as a <strong>police</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficer since 1976. He quickly<br />

became recognized throughout Santa Barbara County as one <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> shining stars <strong>of</strong> criminal investigation.<br />

Agent Baldwin is recognized throughout Santa Barbara County<br />

as a fingerprint expert, polygraph operator, fraud investigator,<br />

homicide investigator, and for his attention to detail as a crime<br />

scene investigator. Agent Baldwin has been involved in virtually<br />

every homicide and major case that has impacted <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

community since 1996. In 2007, he was involved in<br />

investigating three homicides, a home-invasion robbery, a<br />

handful <strong>of</strong> complex fraud and computer related crimes, and o<strong>the</strong>r high pr<strong>of</strong>ile investigations.<br />

On two separate investigations, Agent Baldwin refused to settle for mediocrity and went to<br />

great lengths to locate and identify crucial physical evidence linking suspects to <strong>the</strong>ir deeds.<br />

Whe<strong>the</strong>r Agent Baldwin is digging through trash, trudging across poison oak infested<br />

terrain, or searching computer files for that last bit <strong>of</strong> information, he remains steadfast and<br />

resolute in holding suspects accountable for <strong>the</strong>ir actions. Our community is a better place<br />

because <strong>of</strong> men and women like Agent Baldwin.<br />

CITIZEN RECOGNITION<br />

Over many years, <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department has been fortunate to have <strong>the</strong><br />

unwavering support <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> public we serve. The men and women <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department want to take this opportunity to thank <strong>the</strong> following people for <strong>the</strong>ir individual<br />

efforts on behalf <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department. Their involvement has undoubtedly served to elevate<br />

awareness for <strong>the</strong> needs <strong>of</strong> public safety services in our community.<br />

Robert Cuthbert is commended for his considerable efforts to gain support and passage<br />

for <strong>the</strong> T2008 tax initiative to fund public safety. His efforts clearly demonstrate his<br />

commitment to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department and to <strong>the</strong> public we serve.<br />

Darryl Tullis is highly praised for his leadership as <strong>the</strong> Chairman <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> T2008 campaign,<br />

and for volunteering to engage in public forums in support <strong>of</strong> this measure.<br />

Greg Campbell is honored for his very generous support to <strong>the</strong> Department in his efforts to<br />

maintain and expand on <strong>the</strong> Department’s firing range throughout <strong>the</strong> calendar year. His<br />

donation <strong>of</strong> time, labor, and materials has resulted in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department Range<br />

Facility a more pr<strong>of</strong>essional operation.


S IGNIFICANT EVENTS IN 2007<br />

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

LOSES AN OUTSTANDING<br />

COLLEAGUE, AND FRIEND<br />

Agent Christopher Paul Kies came to <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department in 1994 after<br />

serving as a combat Marine in<br />

Operations Desert Storm and Desert<br />

Shield. His enthusiasm and military<br />

bearing made him a natural centurion.<br />

Agent Kies served as a <strong>police</strong> sniper on<br />

<strong>the</strong> Special Enforcement Team, Motor<br />

Officer, Detective, Narcotics Detective<br />

with SBRNET, and as a Recruit Training<br />

Officer.<br />

Agent Kies had received <strong>the</strong> H. Thomas<br />

Guerry Award for Valor and <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Police Officer <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Year award in 1999.<br />

d<br />

POLICE AGENT CHRIS KIES<br />

After serving for over 12 years with LPD,<br />

his life was tragically cut short in January<br />

<strong>of</strong> 2007.<br />

May 3, 1968 to EOW January 12, 2007<br />

As a Marine – He was a Champion <strong>of</strong> Freedom<br />

As a Police Officer – He was Feared by Criminals and Admired by Citizens<br />

As a Colleague – He was Respected by All who Wear a Badge<br />

As a Law Enforcement Trainer – He was an Inspiration<br />

As a Youth Sports Coach – He was a Mentor<br />

As a Husband & Fa<strong>the</strong>r – He was Loved<br />

FORMER POLICE AGENT MEMORIALIZED<br />

In May <strong>of</strong> 2007 Officer Richard May was memorialized at<br />

<strong>the</strong> National Peace Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.<br />

and at <strong>the</strong> California Peace Officers Memorial. Rich served<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department for nearly15 years and was<br />

assigned as a patrol <strong>of</strong>ficer/agent, F.T.O., D.A.R.E. and<br />

P.A.L. Officer. He served on <strong>the</strong> Directed Enforcement<br />

Team and <strong>the</strong> Serious Habitual Offender Unit. Rich was a<br />

recipient <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> H. Thomas Guerry Award and <strong>the</strong> Santa<br />

Barbara County Probation Department Distinguished<br />

Service Award. In 2004 Officer May transferred to <strong>the</strong> East<br />

Palo Alto Police Department. On January 7, 2006, while on<br />

patrol, Officer May was shot and killed by a gang member.<br />

See www.<strong>of</strong>ficerrichardmay.com - for more on Rich’s legacy.<br />

OFFICER RICH MAY


CHIEF BILL BROWN SWORN-IN AS<br />

SHERIFF OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY<br />

After winning a fierce campaign, Bill Brown was swornin<br />

as <strong>the</strong> Santa Barbara County Sheriff on January 9,<br />

2007. Sheriff Brown had served <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

community as Chief <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department<br />

for eleven years.<br />

William F. Brown, Jr. began his law enforcement career<br />

as an <strong>of</strong>ficer with <strong>the</strong> Pacifica Police Department. After<br />

two years he transferred to <strong>the</strong> Inglewood Police<br />

Department where he held various assignments and<br />

rose through <strong>the</strong> ranks to <strong>the</strong> position <strong>of</strong> Acting Captain<br />

before he was selected as <strong>the</strong> Chief <strong>of</strong> <strong>police</strong> for <strong>the</strong> city<br />

<strong>of</strong> Moscow, Idaho. Bill Served in Idaho for three years<br />

before moving to <strong>Lompoc</strong> in 1995.<br />

Sheriff Brown maintains his home in <strong>Lompoc</strong> with his wife and three children. We wish him<br />

all <strong>the</strong> best as he serve <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley and Santa Barbara County as our Sheriff.<br />

<br />

CAPTAIN PATRICK A. WILLIAMS<br />

SELECTED AS CHIEF OF POLICE FOR<br />

THE CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS<br />

Pat Williams was sworn in as <strong>the</strong> Chief <strong>of</strong> Police for <strong>the</strong><br />

Desert Hot Springs Police Department on June 18,<br />

2007. Chief Williams served as a Captain with <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department from May <strong>of</strong> 2002 through<br />

<strong>the</strong> beginning <strong>of</strong> June 2007. He previously served for<br />

18 years with <strong>the</strong> Palm Springs and San Jacinto Police<br />

Departments. In addition to his previous <strong>police</strong> duties,<br />

Williams had served as a city councilman for <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

San Jacinto beginning in1992, and as that community’s<br />

mayor from 1999 until 2002. Williams is a graduate and<br />

facilitator <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> P.O.S.T. Supervisory Leadership<br />

Institute and graduated from <strong>the</strong> 189 th session <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

F.B.I. National Academy.<br />

Chief Williams made significant contributions to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department and was<br />

deeply involved in many community activities and youth sports programs. The <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

Desert Hot Springs will benefit greatly from his tremendous expertise and leadership.


TIMOTHY L. DABNEY SELECTED AS CHIEF OF<br />

THE LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

On January 9, 2007, Timothy L. Dabney assumed <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice <strong>of</strong> Chief <strong>of</strong> Police for <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department. Chief Dabney is <strong>the</strong> ninth chief to serve <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> in<br />

108 years.<br />

During his 26-year law enforcement career, Chief Dabney served as a Captain commanding<br />

<strong>the</strong> Operations Division and <strong>the</strong> Support Services Division <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department since August <strong>of</strong> 1996. He previously served as a <strong>police</strong> lieutenant, <strong>police</strong><br />

sergeant, investigator and <strong>police</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficer with <strong>the</strong> Lindsay Department <strong>of</strong> Public Safety.<br />

Chief Dabney also served as a deputy with <strong>the</strong> Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.<br />

Chief Dabney has served as adjunct faculty and <strong>police</strong> academy coordinator for Porterville<br />

College and Allan Hancock College. He holds a bachelors degree from Point Loma<br />

Nazarene University and a Masters degree in from California Polytechnic University,<br />

Pomona. He is a graduate <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 209 th Session <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> F.B.I. National Academy, 8 th Class <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Supervisory Leadership Institute and was <strong>the</strong> valedictorian <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 22 nd Class <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

California POST Command College.<br />

Tim Dabney is committed to top quality delivery <strong>of</strong> law enforcement services, employing a<br />

balanced approach <strong>of</strong> community oriented and traditional policing methods, coupled with<br />

prevention and education, creating an environment where <strong>police</strong> and citizens work toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

to identify and implement long term solutions to problems relating to crime, <strong>the</strong> fear <strong>of</strong><br />

crime, neighborhood decay and quality <strong>of</strong> life.


LARRY A. RALSTON AND DONALD A. DEMING<br />

SELECTED TO FILL CAPTAIN POSITIONS<br />

Larry Ralston brings over 25 years <strong>of</strong> experience<br />

to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department. He has served<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Los Angeles County Sheriff’s<br />

Department, <strong>the</strong> Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s<br />

Department and <strong>the</strong> Santa Maria Police<br />

Department where he held <strong>the</strong> ranks <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficer,<br />

corporal, sergeant and was promoted to <strong>the</strong> rank<br />

<strong>of</strong> lieutenant in 2003.<br />

Captain Ralston has significant experience in<br />

gang suppression, narcotics investigation,<br />

investigation <strong>of</strong> major crimes, patrol operations,<br />

media relations and <strong>police</strong> supervision. He holds<br />

a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from<br />

Union Institute University and has attended<br />

Seattle Pacific University, Azusa Pacific<br />

University, Chapman University, and Colorado<br />

State University.<br />

Captain Ralston is a significant influence in <strong>the</strong><br />

Police Explorer program in Nor<strong>the</strong>rn Santa<br />

Barbara County and once served as <strong>the</strong> assistant<br />

baseball coach at <strong>Lompoc</strong> High School. Captain<br />

Ralston is married with two children and his wife<br />

is employed by <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Unified School<br />

District.<br />

Captain Ralston is <strong>the</strong> commanding <strong>of</strong>ficer <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Support Services Division<br />

Donald Deming served four years in <strong>the</strong> United<br />

States Marine Corps and was assigned to <strong>the</strong><br />

presidential helicopter security detail for a portion<br />

<strong>of</strong> his service. He began his law enforcement<br />

career in 1988 with <strong>the</strong> Los Angeles Police<br />

Department. Captain Deming held assignments<br />

in <strong>the</strong> LAPD Metro Team, Gang Unit, K-9 Unit,<br />

Detectives, Internal Affairs, Patrol, LAPD Honor<br />

Guard, firearms instructor, and watch<br />

commander. The Assistant Chief <strong>of</strong> Police for<br />

LAPD described Captain Deming as <strong>the</strong> “model<br />

public servant.”<br />

Captain Deming has significant experience in<br />

gang suppression, investigation <strong>of</strong> major crimes,<br />

patrol operations, law enforcement training and<br />

<strong>police</strong> supervision. He holds a Bachelors Degree<br />

in Criminal Justice from Union Institute<br />

University and a Masters Degree in public<br />

administration from <strong>the</strong> California State<br />

University at Long Beach.<br />

Captain Deming is an avid outdoorsman and<br />

enjoys life in <strong>Lompoc</strong> with his wife and three<br />

children.<br />

Captain Deming is <strong>the</strong> commands <strong>the</strong> Operations<br />

Division <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department


POLICE AGENT PROMOTIONS<br />

AGENT AGUSTIN “CHIP” ARIAS<br />

AGENT BRYAN DILLARD<br />

Agent Arias was a seven-year veteran <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department when he was<br />

promoted to <strong>the</strong> rank <strong>of</strong> Police Agent in April<br />

<strong>of</strong> 2007. He began his law enforcement<br />

career in June <strong>of</strong> 1999 as a Reserve Police<br />

Officer. He attended <strong>the</strong> law enforcement<br />

academy at Allan Hancock College as a<br />

Police Officer Trainee and was appointed as<br />

a full-time Police Officer in June <strong>of</strong> 2001.<br />

Agent Arias was chosen to receive <strong>the</strong> Elks<br />

Award for meritorious service in April <strong>of</strong><br />

2004. During his tenure at our agency he has<br />

served on <strong>the</strong> Special Enforcement Team, as<br />

an arrest and control instructor, as a narcotics<br />

investigator assigned to <strong>the</strong> Gang-Narcotics<br />

Enforcement Team (GNET). Agent Arias<br />

currently serves in <strong>the</strong> Patrol Section and as<br />

<strong>the</strong> President <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Officer’s<br />

Association.<br />

Agent Dillard was promoted to <strong>the</strong> rank <strong>of</strong><br />

Police Agent in February <strong>of</strong> 2007. He had<br />

served <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department for<br />

tens years at <strong>the</strong> time <strong>of</strong> his promotion. He<br />

began his law enforcement career in<br />

September <strong>of</strong> 1996 as a Reserve Police<br />

Officer. He attended <strong>the</strong> law enforcement<br />

academy at Allan Hancock College and was<br />

appointed as a full-time <strong>police</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficer in June<br />

<strong>of</strong> 2000. Agent Dillard is a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Special Enforcement Team, serves as a range<br />

master, a field training <strong>of</strong>ficer and as a motor<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficer. Agent Dillard has served on <strong>the</strong><br />

executive board <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Officer’s Association. Agent Dillard is a<br />

recruit training <strong>of</strong>ficer at <strong>the</strong> Allan Hancock<br />

College Basic Police Academy and currently<br />

serves in <strong>the</strong> Patrol Section <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Police Department.


SPECIAL OLYMPICS CAR SHOW<br />

Held at Ryon Park on Sept. 1, 2007, <strong>the</strong> Sixth Annual <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department<br />

Special Olympics Car Show was a huge success. Attracting approximately 180<br />

show entrants and thousands <strong>of</strong> spectators, <strong>the</strong> car show raised $30,000 to support<br />

local Special Olympic athletes.<br />

SALVATION ARMY SUMMER TRIP 2007<br />

The Salvation Army has been serving <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> community for over 30 years. One<br />

service that <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Service Extension <strong>of</strong>fers is a Summer Camp Program sponsored in<br />

full by <strong>the</strong> Salvation Army. In <strong>the</strong> summer <strong>of</strong> 2007, accompanied by <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department <strong>of</strong>fice staff assistant, Lesa Larson and victim advocate Cozetta Blow; our<br />

extension sent twenty under privileged children from <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> community to Camp<br />

Gilmore located in <strong>the</strong> Malibu Canyon. Various members <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department<br />

serve on <strong>the</strong> executive board <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Service Extension <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Salvation Army. In<br />

2007, over 80 families received emergency lodging, food, transportation or o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

compassionate services provided by <strong>the</strong> Salvation Army Service Extension through <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department.


NATIONAL NIGHT OUT CELEBRATION<br />

On <strong>the</strong> National Night Out, held <strong>the</strong> first Tuesday in August, <strong>Lompoc</strong> joined communities<br />

across <strong>the</strong> country in <strong>the</strong> fight against crime. In 2007, Officer Frank Lopez <strong>of</strong> Community<br />

Services Section coordinated <strong>the</strong> event. <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department joined with <strong>the</strong><br />

California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Vandenberg Air Force<br />

Base and <strong>the</strong> United States Army to celebrate this annual event. Activities included a<br />

carnival, displays, booths, and food. The event was held in <strong>the</strong> 500 block <strong>of</strong> North M Street<br />

and was open to <strong>the</strong> public. Major donors for <strong>the</strong> 2007 National Night Out were Target<br />

Stores, <strong>Lompoc</strong> Foursquare Church, and Albertson’s Grocery Stores.<br />

JUNIOR POLICE CAMP<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department, in<br />

conjunction with <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Parks<br />

and Recreation Department, hosted<br />

two Junior Police Camps in 2007.<br />

This program is coordinated by<br />

Sergeant Rios, and presented by<br />

Officers Chris Woodhead and Jason<br />

Flint. The first camp was hosted in<br />

August 2002 and it continues to be<br />

very popular with <strong>Lompoc</strong> youth.<br />

Approximately twenty-five young<br />

people between <strong>the</strong> ages <strong>of</strong> 8-12<br />

participate in <strong>the</strong> program, consisting<br />

<strong>of</strong> three, 3-hour days. During camp,<br />

participants get insight into <strong>the</strong> daily<br />

activities <strong>of</strong> a <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Officer.<br />

In 2007, campers attended demonstrations and presentations on <strong>the</strong> Department’s Special<br />

Enforcement Team, motors, K-9, patrol, Crime Scene Investigations, and arrest and control.<br />

Also, for <strong>the</strong> first time, <strong>the</strong> Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit put on a helicopter<br />

demonstration at <strong>Lompoc</strong> Airport. Campers were able to witness a lift-<strong>of</strong>f and a landing,<br />

and had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to examine <strong>the</strong> helicopter.<br />

Each participant received a Jr.<br />

<strong>police</strong> uniform t-shirt and cap to<br />

wear for “inspection” each day.<br />

Upon completion <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> program,<br />

participants attended a graduation<br />

ceremony where <strong>the</strong> Chief <strong>of</strong><br />

Police presented each one with a<br />

Certificate <strong>of</strong> Completion.


OPERATIONS DIVISION<br />

The Operations Division is composed <strong>of</strong> uniformed <strong>of</strong>ficers who<br />

deliver community interactive law enforcement services in <strong>the</strong> field.<br />

The sub-units <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Operations Division are <strong>the</strong> Patrol Section,<br />

Community Services Section, Traffic, S.E.T., K-9, and Vehicle<br />

Abatement. Captain Donald A. Deming is <strong>the</strong> Operations Division<br />

Commander.<br />

PATROL SECTION<br />

The Patrol Section is <strong>the</strong> most visible unit within any municipal law enforcement agency.<br />

Four sergeants, four agents and 18 <strong>of</strong>ficers provide immediate <strong>police</strong> services and<br />

protection twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. These <strong>of</strong>ficers are divided into four<br />

squads and respond to all emergency situations and requests for <strong>police</strong> services. During<br />

2007, <strong>the</strong> Department handled 38,751 incidents during 2007, including 24,344 calls for<br />

service, 14,407 self-initiated activities and 12,400 <strong>police</strong> reports.<br />

Year Population* Officers Off. /Pop.<br />

Ratio<br />

No. <strong>of</strong><br />

Activities<br />

Calls For<br />

Service<br />

Officer<br />

Initiated<br />

Case<br />

Reports<br />

1998 39,149 46 1.18 25,729 16,136 9,585 6,682<br />

1999 39,357 46 1.17 26,674 15,707 10,954 6,914<br />

2000 39,743 49 1.23 26,353 15,842 10,499 6,769<br />

2001 39,313 49 1.25 27,885 16,118 11,574 6,898<br />

2002 38,844 48 1.24 34,205 21,485 12,720 6,976<br />

2003 39,701 49 1.24 37,078 25,619 11,459 5,857<br />

2004 38,904 49 1.24 40,228 28,302 11,926 12,796**<br />

2005 39,099 50 1.29 40,641 25,896 14,745 14,009**<br />

2006 38,665 51 1.31 39,512 25,613 13,899 12,433<br />

2007 39,055 51 1.21 38,751 24,344 14,407 12,400<br />

*Excludes U.S. B.O.P. **Includes supplemental reports.<br />

The men and women who patrol <strong>the</strong> streets <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> are truly dedicated to <strong>the</strong> public <strong>the</strong>y<br />

serve. Many have worked tirelessly to develop patrol and investigative skills that enhance<br />

<strong>the</strong> level <strong>of</strong> service <strong>the</strong>y provide. These <strong>of</strong>ficers are justifiably proud <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> high level <strong>of</strong><br />

service <strong>the</strong>y provide to <strong>the</strong> people <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong>, and <strong>the</strong>ir unwavering commitment to protect<br />

<strong>the</strong> lives and property <strong>of</strong> those who live and work in this city.<br />

The <strong>City</strong> is divided into COPPS (Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving) Areas.<br />

Officers are assigned with COPPS Projects assuming primary problem solving responsibility<br />

for chronic issues that arise within <strong>the</strong> COPPS Areas. Sergeants and Agents oversee <strong>the</strong>se<br />

projects and determine what resources are needed to solve neighborhood issues.


TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT<br />

The Traffic Unit focuses enforcement<br />

efforts on unlicensed driving, moving<br />

and equipment violations, traffic<br />

collision investigation and DUI<br />

enforcement. In 2007, Officer Leo<br />

Garza comprised <strong>the</strong> Traffic Unit for<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department. The<br />

Traffic Unit presently conducts<br />

additional enforcement efforts funded<br />

by three grants. Two <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> grants<br />

provide funding for traditional<br />

enforcement efforts, DUI checkpoints<br />

and seatbelt enforcement. The third<br />

grant allowed a more comprehensive<br />

enforcement strategy, to include<br />

saturation patrols; court stings<br />

targeting drivers leaving court after having <strong>the</strong>ir license revoked/suspended; and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

innovative enforcement practices.<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department is also a participating agency in <strong>the</strong> “Avoid <strong>the</strong> Twelve” DUI<br />

grant administered by <strong>the</strong> Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.<br />

Sergeant Edward Lardner coordinates traffic enforcement for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department and has authored several grants provided by <strong>the</strong> California Office <strong>of</strong> Traffic<br />

Safety. Sergeant Lardner has been successful in obtaining State funding <strong>of</strong> overtime for<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficers to conduct DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols and seatbelt compliance campaigns.<br />

The following table is a summary <strong>of</strong> traffic related statistics for 2007:<br />

Total Traffic Collisions Investigated* 520<br />

Fatal and Injury Traffic Collisions 1/122<br />

Unlicensed & Suspended Drivers Arrested 171<br />

Drunk Driving Arrests 213<br />

Traffic Citations Issued 3390<br />

Parking Citations Issued 2047<br />

Stolen Vehicles 67<br />

* Total traffic collisions investigated includes minor non-injury collisions on private<br />

property, parking lots and all o<strong>the</strong>r collisions involving property damage.<br />

A special emphasis is placed upon traffic enforcement around school sites in <strong>the</strong> mornings<br />

and afternoons when large numbers <strong>of</strong> parents and students are present. This enhanced<br />

enforcement has contributed to a reduction in <strong>the</strong> number <strong>of</strong> pedestrian and bicyclist<br />

involved traffic collisions in <strong>the</strong> areas around school properties in recent years.


SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT TEAM<br />

The Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) is composed <strong>of</strong> 13 members who have received<br />

extensive training in <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.). These <strong>of</strong>ficers<br />

serve <strong>the</strong> citizens <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> by safely diffusing violent or potentially violent situations. The<br />

SET Unit is composed <strong>of</strong> a Commander, a Team Leader, and two Assistant Team Leaders,<br />

two marksmen and experts trained in active shooter response, high risk building entry, less<br />

lethal weaponry, chemical agents deployment, and an armorer. Two trained hostage<br />

negotiators augment <strong>the</strong> SET Unit for incidents requiring crisis-negotiating skills. Each<br />

member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> SET Unit is required to complete over 100 hours <strong>of</strong> rigorous training<br />

annually. No citizens or members <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> SET Unit have been injured during hazardous<br />

operations in 2007.<br />

VEHICLE ABATEMENT<br />

Community Services Officer (CSO) is dedicated to keep <strong>Lompoc</strong> free <strong>of</strong> abandoned<br />

vehicles and o<strong>the</strong>r large hazards that clutter <strong>City</strong> streets. In 2007, CSO Sandi Bailey was<br />

responsible for vehicle abatement. Her responsibilities include <strong>the</strong> tagging and removal <strong>of</strong><br />

abandoned vehicles on <strong>City</strong> streets and private property. The CSO patrols streets looking<br />

for abandoned vehicles and responds to citizen reports. Each vehicle is tagged for removal.<br />

If <strong>the</strong> vehicle is not moved voluntarily, or if <strong>the</strong> owner cannot be located, <strong>the</strong> vehicle is towed<br />

and <strong>the</strong> owner is issued a citation. In 2007, 267 vehicles were towed for abatement or for<br />

being abandoned on <strong>the</strong> streets <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong>.<br />

GRAFFITI ABATEMENT<br />

In July <strong>of</strong> 2007 <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department added a Community Services Officer with a<br />

primary duty <strong>of</strong> coordinating <strong>the</strong> Department’s graffiti abatement program. This staff<br />

member seeks out graffiti in our community, documents <strong>the</strong> blight, he forwards <strong>the</strong><br />

information to gang <strong>of</strong>ficers and detectives and <strong>the</strong>n coordinates <strong>the</strong> activities <strong>of</strong> volunteers<br />

who spend each Saturday removing graffiti from our <strong>City</strong>. The faith-based community has<br />

taken a lead role in <strong>the</strong> graffiti abatement program. Each weekend a different church in our<br />

community will send volunteers to work in <strong>the</strong> streets and alleys <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> to eradicate<br />

vandalism and improve <strong>the</strong> image <strong>of</strong> our community. This program had a nearly immediate<br />

impact upon gang graffiti and vandalism<br />

in our community and has contributed to several<br />

significant <strong>arrests</strong> <strong>of</strong> vandals and gang members.<br />

K-9 PATROL<br />

“Xito” served as <strong>the</strong> Department’s patrol/narcotics K-9 during 2007 and<br />

was partnered with Officer Willy Francis. Xito is trained in both patrol<br />

tactics and narcotics search techniques. During 2007,<br />

Xito conducted 33 searches for suspected narcotics,<br />

resulting in 17 incidents wherein he recovered narcotics.<br />

He also conducted 29 searches for criminal suspects,<br />

finding 12 who attempted to hide from <strong>police</strong>.<br />

Xito and Officer Francis also serve <strong>the</strong> community at civic<br />

events and host demonstrations for school-age youth.


COMMUNITY SERVICES SECTION<br />

The Community Services Section is comprised <strong>of</strong> School Resource<br />

and G.R.E.A.T. <strong>of</strong>ficers, a P.A.L. Officer, Explorer POST 700, <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department Volunteer Unit, Volunteers Citizens On<br />

Patrol (V-COPs) and Reserve Officers. The Community Services<br />

Section was developed in 1996 to enhance <strong>the</strong> Department’s<br />

response to crime prevention needs within our community. The<br />

section includes one sergeant, three <strong>of</strong>ficers, 6 to10 explorers, and<br />

approximately 30 community service volunteers.<br />

THE LOMPOC POLICE BEAT TELEVISION PROGRAM<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Beat has been broadcast live from <strong>the</strong> Comcast studio every Thursday night<br />

since July <strong>of</strong> 1997. Sergeants Deanna Clement and Officer Philip Dollman were <strong>the</strong> 2007<br />

hosts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> program, which airs live for sixty minutes each week. <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Beat is<br />

produced entirely with volunteer assistance under <strong>the</strong> direction <strong>of</strong> a Community Service<br />

Volunteer. The program provides valuable crime prevention information, features<br />

“<strong>Lompoc</strong>’s Most Wanted,” and disseminates important community information from various<br />

law enforcement agencies and community service organizations throughout <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Valley. The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Beat program received <strong>the</strong> coveted Helen Putnam Award<br />

presented by <strong>the</strong> League <strong>of</strong> California Cities in December <strong>of</strong> 2001, and was recognized by<br />

California Police Chiefs Association as a recognized “best practice” in law enforcement.<br />

LOMPOC POLICE VOLUNTEERS<br />

Community Service Volunteers continue to be<br />

critical to <strong>the</strong> operations <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department. In 2007, our volunteers donated<br />

approximately 3,000 hours <strong>of</strong> service to our<br />

community. There is not a single unit <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Department that has not benefited from <strong>the</strong><br />

assistance provided by <strong>the</strong>se valuable<br />

individuals. Volunteer enrollment was<br />

approximately 35 volunteers during 2007.<br />

Volunteers perform functions such as bicycle<br />

licensing, property inventory, clerical activities,<br />

DUI check points, crime scene preservation,<br />

searches for missing children, traffic control,<br />

security checks <strong>of</strong> vacationing residents’ homes, and assistance at civic functions like <strong>the</strong><br />

Spring Arts Festival, Flower Festival and <strong>the</strong> Annual Christmas Parade.<br />

VOLUNTEER CITIZENS ON PATROL<br />

The Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (V-COPS) are a specialized group <strong>of</strong> Community Service<br />

Volunteers who receive additional training and equipment to allow <strong>the</strong>m to provide security<br />

patrol in <strong>Lompoc</strong> while driving marked <strong>police</strong> vehicles. The V-COPS conduct business security<br />

and vacation security checks, assist patrol <strong>of</strong>ficers with traffic control, monitor handicapped<br />

parking violations, and provide assistance as needed to citizens.


GANG RESISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING<br />

In 2007 <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department<br />

adopted <strong>the</strong> Gang Resistance Education and<br />

Training (GREAT) curriculum in local schools.<br />

Replacing Drug Abuse Resistance Education<br />

(DARE), this program teaches student to resist<br />

illegal drugs, as well as <strong>the</strong> pressure to join criminal street gangs. Officer Philip Dollman<br />

has received specialized training in presenting <strong>the</strong> GREAT program, and is <strong>the</strong> instructor,<br />

teaching 5 th grade students <strong>the</strong>se valuable skills.<br />

CITIZEN ON PATROL PROGRAM<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department has provided <strong>the</strong> opportunity for citizens to “ride-along” with<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficers on patrol for over twenty years. Applicants are screened to ride one shift per year<br />

with <strong>of</strong>ficers to experience <strong>Lompoc</strong> from a squad car. This program has been beneficial in<br />

promoting understanding and providing valuable experience for persons interested in <strong>the</strong><br />

law enforcement field.<br />

SPECIAL OLYMPICS<br />

Office Staff Assistant Lesa Larson and Sergeant Harry Heidt have been <strong>the</strong> catalysts for<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong>’s efforts on behalf <strong>of</strong> Special Olympics. Department members participated in 3<br />

‘Tip-a-Cop’ fundraisers, and in <strong>the</strong> Special Olympic Torch Run.<br />

For 2007, ‘Tip A Cop’ events at were held at El Toro Bronco, Tom’s Burgers, and Saletti’s<br />

Italian Restaurant. At each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se events, <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department <strong>of</strong>ficers served<br />

restaurant diners in exchange for tips that are donated to <strong>the</strong> Special Olympics. The three<br />

2007 ‘Tip A Cop’ events raised a total <strong>of</strong> $2330.<br />

The signature Sixth Annual Special<br />

Olympics/<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department Car Show<br />

& Cruise attracted over 180 entrants and was<br />

held at Ryon Park over <strong>the</strong> Labor Day weekend<br />

in September. Funds raised in <strong>the</strong> car show<br />

enabled <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> <strong>police</strong> Department to<br />

donate $30,000 to <strong>the</strong> North Santa Barbara<br />

County Special Olympics charity.<br />

POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department remains <strong>the</strong> host agency for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley Police<br />

Activities League, which is a cooperative non-pr<strong>of</strong>it organization formed by <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Police Department, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Barbara County<br />

Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, United States Penitentiary, Federal<br />

Corrections Institution, Vandenberg Air Force Base 30 th Security Services Squadron, and<br />

Allan Hancock College Campus Police. During 2007 Officer George Berrios and Phillip<br />

Dollman coordinated after school programs, mentoring and special activities for <strong>the</strong> youth <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley.


<strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley P.A.L. continued to support its<br />

successful boxing program, which is <strong>of</strong>ten showcased<br />

at civic functions and outreach events. On March 24,<br />

2007, LPD hosted an amateur boxing tournament. This<br />

event raises money for <strong>the</strong> Police Activities League and<br />

provides an opportunity for local amateur boxers to<br />

demonstrate <strong>the</strong>ir talents. The 2007 event showcased<br />

<strong>the</strong> talents <strong>of</strong> 20 boxers ranging in age from 12 to 21<br />

and raised approximately $3,000 for <strong>the</strong> PAL Boxing<br />

program.<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley PAL also sponsored a very successful fishing Derby on June 16, 2007 at<br />

River Park. Children <strong>of</strong> all ages and <strong>of</strong>ficers participated in <strong>the</strong> event as part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Police<br />

Activities League’s continuing effort to provide a wholesome environment for <strong>the</strong> youth <strong>of</strong><br />

our community and create opportunities for kids to interact with local <strong>of</strong>ficers in a positive<br />

way.<br />

EXPLORER POST #700<br />

Several full-time employees began <strong>the</strong>ir law enforcement experience as Explorer Scouts.<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Explorer Post #700 is an affiliate <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Boy Scouts <strong>of</strong> America. Participation<br />

in this program ranged from 6 to 8 in 2007. The primary advisors for <strong>the</strong> Explorers in 2007<br />

were Detective Suzie Aanerud and Officer Jason Flint.<br />

Explorers meet bi-weekly to learn law enforcement principles. In 2007, <strong>the</strong>y assisted with<br />

security and traffic control for high school football games, <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> and Santa Maria<br />

Holiday Parades, <strong>the</strong> Special Olympics Car Show, Flower Festival, <strong>the</strong> Spring Arts Festival<br />

and many o<strong>the</strong>r special events.<br />

In 2007, <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Explorers participated in <strong>the</strong> Paso Robles Explorer Competition which<br />

is a three day camp where Police Explorers from <strong>the</strong> Western United States come toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

to compete in Law Enforcement related tasks like a timed obstacle course, shooting,<br />

investigative scenarios and more.<br />

The Explorers also spent a total <strong>of</strong> 11<br />

days in Monterey providing security,<br />

traffic and parking enforcement for <strong>the</strong><br />

AT&T golf Pro-Am Event at Pebble<br />

Beach and <strong>the</strong> Con-Course Car Show<br />

at Pebble Beach. This is a major<br />

fundraiser for our Post.<br />

Post #700 began training for <strong>the</strong><br />

National Explorer Competition that will<br />

be held in Colorado in 2008. At this<br />

event, which is held every o<strong>the</strong>r year,<br />

Explorer Posts from <strong>the</strong> 50 states<br />

compete, are tested, and are evaluated<br />

on law enforcement related skills.


CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING PROGRAM<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department sponsored ano<strong>the</strong>r Crime Free Multi-Housing seminar to<br />

train property owners/managers on such topics as tenant screening, fire safety, recognizing<br />

gang activity, crime prevention through environmental design, leases and addendums and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r legal issues. Property owners/managers meet regularly at <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department to discuss crime prevention and o<strong>the</strong>r issues peculiar to property management.<br />

This program is coordinated by Volunteer Noreen Pond and has proven very beneficial in<br />

reducing criminal activity at a number <strong>of</strong> apartment complexes within <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

LOMPOC CITIZENS’ POLICE ACADEMY<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Citizens’ Police Academy is a 13-week program designed to provide an inside<br />

look into all aspects <strong>of</strong> law enforcement as practiced by <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department.<br />

Participants attend 13 sessions on such topics as community policing, gangs, major crimes,<br />

SWAT, patrol, traffic, criminal law and internal affairs. Department members teach <strong>the</strong><br />

sessions with expertise in each area. During <strong>the</strong> course participants will ride one shift with<br />

an <strong>of</strong>ficer and be <strong>of</strong>fered <strong>the</strong> experience <strong>of</strong> qualifying at <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department<br />

Range Facility.<br />

CLASS 17<br />

Applications to attend <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Citizens’ Police Academy can be obtained at<br />

<strong>the</strong> front desk <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department or by contacting<br />

Sergeant Dan Rios at 736-2341


SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION<br />

The Support Services Division Commander is Captain Larry A.<br />

Ralston. Captain Ralston recently joined <strong>the</strong> <strong>department</strong> from<br />

neighboring Santa Maria, and brings over 25 years <strong>of</strong> experience to<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department. As Support Services Division<br />

Commander he oversees <strong>the</strong> Investigations Section, Dispatch/Jail<br />

Section and Records/Property Section. The Support Services<br />

Division is <strong>the</strong> heart <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department.<br />

INVESTIGATIONS SECTION<br />

The Investigations Section consists <strong>of</strong> two sergeants, two agents, six full-time investigators,<br />

one part-time investigator dedicated to monitoring sex registrants, and one domestic<br />

violence/crimes against women victim advocate. During 2007, <strong>the</strong> Investigations Section<br />

was divided into three units: <strong>the</strong> Gang-Narcotics Enforcement Team, Investigations Unit and<br />

SBRNET (Santa Barbara Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team).<br />

GANG-NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT TEAM (GNET)<br />

The Gang-Narcotics Enforcement Team, supervised by Sergeant Lane Middleton, focuses<br />

its enforcement efforts on local gangsters, street dealers and drug users. The Team<br />

consists <strong>of</strong> a <strong>police</strong> sergeant, a <strong>police</strong> agent and three detectives. GNET provides<br />

uniformed high visibility gang enforcement as well as covert narcotics investigations.<br />

NARCOTICS ENFORCMENT<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Gang-Narcotics Enforcement Team served 12 search warrants, made 97<br />

felony <strong>arrests</strong>, and 54 misdemeanor <strong>arrests</strong> during 2007. In essence <strong>the</strong> team prevented<br />

3,743 individual doses or uses <strong>of</strong> methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana. GNET<br />

also seized approximately $38,358.11 as suspected proceeds <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sale <strong>of</strong> illegal drugs.<br />

Gang-Narcotics Enforcement Team Narcotics Statistics<br />

Search Warrants Served 12<br />

Felony Narcotics Arrests 97<br />

Misdemeanor Narcotics Arrests 54<br />

Drugs Seized<br />

Street Value<br />

Methamphetamine 368.8 grams $ 36,880<br />

Cocaine 205.3 grams $ 20,530<br />

Marijuana<br />

1457 grams<br />

(and an additional 115 plants)<br />

$ 204,814<br />

Heroin 14.4 grams $ 2,880<br />

Total Drugs Seized 4076.6 grams $ 265,104


GANG ENFORCEMENT<br />

GNET continues to aggressively investigate gang related crimes and hold gang members<br />

accountable for <strong>the</strong>ir illegal actions. GNET <strong>of</strong>ficers served 32 gang related search<br />

warrants, conducted 105 parole and 99 probation searches. Approximately 119 gang<br />

members living within a geographic area known as <strong>the</strong> “safety zone” are subject to <strong>the</strong><br />

conditions <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> gang-injunction that is similar to a restraining order that restricts certain<br />

activities.<br />

In addition to <strong>the</strong> efforts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department’s GNET, <strong>the</strong> Department applied for and<br />

received an Anti-Gang Initiative Grant from <strong>the</strong> Federal government which took effect in<br />

October <strong>of</strong> 2007. This one year, $63,672 grant, has enabled <strong>the</strong> <strong>department</strong> to deploy<br />

additional <strong>of</strong>ficers to specific-focused gang enforcement.<br />

Gang activity over <strong>the</strong> past six years are reflected below:<br />

LPD Gang Activity<br />

Gang Related Arrests<br />

Average Gang Member Age<br />

Graffiti Cases<br />

Gang Statistics<br />

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007<br />

342 384 470 484 472 493<br />

21.5 21.7 21.3 21.8 22.1 22.8*<br />

81 85 213 223 329 569**<br />

* The fact that <strong>the</strong> age <strong>of</strong> gang members arrested is increasing may indicate that gangs are<br />

aging-out and fewer young people are choosing to engage in gang activities.<br />

** The number <strong>of</strong> reported graffiti cases has increased largely because <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department has added a full-time Community Services Officer (CSO) to locate and<br />

document graffiti cases. This CSO also coordinates <strong>the</strong> activities <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Graffiti Abatement<br />

Team to remove graffiti that is located within <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong>.<br />

INVESTIGATIONS UNIT<br />

Sergeant Charles “Chuck” Strange supervises <strong>the</strong> Investigations Unit<br />

that is composed <strong>of</strong> a <strong>police</strong> agent who investigates major crimes<br />

such as homicide, robbery, and major fraud. One detective is<br />

assigned to investigate all crimes against women, including domestic<br />

violence, sexual assault and stalking. The crimes against women<br />

detective, as well as a non-sworn victim advocate assigned to <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department by North County Rape Crisis and Child<br />

Protection Center, are funded by a federal grant. Ano<strong>the</strong>r detective is<br />

assigned to investigate all serious crime committed by and/or against<br />

juveniles. This challenging job addresses crimes like child abuse,<br />

neglect, and molestation. A third detective is assigned a general caseload, investigating<br />

property crime and o<strong>the</strong>r miscellaneous cases. The Investigations Section also employs a<br />

part-time investigator/detective who is tasked with monitoring <strong>the</strong> activities <strong>of</strong> persons<br />

residing in our community who are required to register as sex <strong>of</strong>fenders.


The following table depicts <strong>the</strong> activities <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Investigations Unit for 2007:<br />

Investigations Unit Statistics<br />

INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT 2006 2007<br />

Cases Assigned During Year 985 1235<br />

Cases Carried Over from Previous Year 1239 *<br />

Follow-up or Unassigned Cases 132 *<br />

Total Cases for Investigation 2356 1551<br />

Cases Cleared 1098 788<br />

Cases Suspended 66 102<br />

Cases Forwarded 1228 550<br />

Card Cases 1338 1044<br />

Search Warrants Served 34 41<br />

Informal Investigation 55 *<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r Agency Assist Investigation 63 *<br />

Juvenile Petitions 888 674<br />

Cases Resulting in Misdemeanor Arrest 107 116<br />

Cases Resulting in Felony Arrest 161 141<br />

Cases Requesting D.A. Complaint 177 313<br />

CASE CLEARANCE RATE 46.6% 50.8%<br />

* Selected statistical data no longer collected beyond calendar year 2006.<br />

SANTA BARBARA REGIONAL NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT TEAM<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department sponsors one investigator position on <strong>the</strong> Santa Barbara<br />

Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team (SBRNET). SBRNET is a team composed <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong>ficers from <strong>the</strong> various law enforcement agencies across Santa Barbara County and <strong>the</strong><br />

California Bureau <strong>of</strong> Narcotics Enforcement. Their mission is to target high pr<strong>of</strong>ile narcotics<br />

traffickers and interdict narcotics headed into Santa Barbara County. The vigilance and<br />

investigative skill <strong>of</strong> SBRNET members resulted in <strong>the</strong> seizure <strong>of</strong> significant quantities <strong>of</strong><br />

illegal narcotics destined for Santa Barbara County.<br />

The Santa Barbara Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team worked a total <strong>of</strong> 546 hours in<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> over <strong>the</strong> course <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year. SBRNET seized three (3) weapons, over<br />

30 pounds <strong>of</strong> illicit drugs and nearly $13,000 in narcotics related assets Countywide during<br />

2007.


DISPATCH/JAIL SECTION<br />

Nancy Faust is <strong>the</strong> Dispatch/Jail Section Supervisor. The <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Police Department is unique in that it supports one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> few<br />

remaining Type I jails in <strong>the</strong> State <strong>of</strong> California. A Type I jail is<br />

restricted to hold only pre-sentenced individuals for a period not to<br />

exceed 96 hours. Our jail facility allows <strong>the</strong> Department to save<br />

thousands <strong>of</strong> dollars by not transporting and booking <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

prisoners in Santa Barbara County Jail. We not only avoid <strong>the</strong> cost<br />

<strong>of</strong> transportation, but also avoid a $200 booking fee per prisoner.<br />

In October <strong>of</strong> 2007 <strong>Lompoc</strong> began accepting arrested persons from outside <strong>the</strong> city. The<br />

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department now books suspects from <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong>,<br />

Buellton, Solvang, and Santa Ynez substations into <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> <strong>City</strong> Jail. The County pays<br />

an established booking fee to <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> to defray <strong>the</strong> expenses incurred with <strong>the</strong>se<br />

additional inmates.<br />

JAIL UNIT<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department operates a Type I jail facility 24 hours a day, 365 days a<br />

year. A total <strong>of</strong> 2,321 bookings <strong>of</strong> prisoners occurred during 2007. These bookings<br />

included 2,253 bookings by <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Officers, and 68 contract bookings from o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

law enforcement agencies as indicated by <strong>Lompoc</strong> <strong>City</strong> Jail statistics in <strong>the</strong> table below:<br />

LOMPOC POLICE BOOKINGS<br />

ADULTS 2006 2007 % Change<br />

Male 1606 1503 -6<br />

Female 443 430 -3<br />

Total Adults 2049 1933 -6<br />

JUVENILES<br />

Male 272 228 -2<br />

Female 109 92 -2<br />

Total Juveniles 381 320 -2<br />

CONTRACT BOOKINGS (Adult Only)<br />

Male 47 58 +23<br />

Female 6 10 +67<br />

Total Contract Bookings 53 68 +28<br />

Total Bookings 2483 2321 -7


COMMUNICATIONS UNIT<br />

The Communications Unit dispatchers receive incoming calls for <strong>police</strong>, fire, and ambulance<br />

services within <strong>Lompoc</strong>. They also receive after hours calls for <strong>the</strong> Street Department,<br />

Water Department, Electric Department, Solid Waste Department, and <strong>the</strong> Urban Forestry<br />

Department. Dispatch/Jailers receive calls over four 911 lines, and eight business lines.<br />

The dispatch center operates three <strong>police</strong> frequencies, and three fire frequencies as well as<br />

monitoring several frequencies belonging to <strong>the</strong> California Highway Patrol, <strong>the</strong> Santa<br />

Barbara Sheriff’s Department, <strong>Lompoc</strong> <strong>City</strong> Utility <strong>department</strong>s and <strong>the</strong> Jailers’ emergency<br />

alarm. They dispatch all Police units, 2 Fire stations, Ambulance, Animal control, and<br />

emergency after hours <strong>City</strong> Utilities, including Electric, Streets, Water, Solid Waste, and<br />

Parks and Recreation.<br />

The Communications Unit is <strong>the</strong> nerve center <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department. Dispatcher/Jailers are <strong>the</strong><br />

link between <strong>the</strong> public and needed emergency services. The following table depicts <strong>the</strong><br />

volume <strong>of</strong> telephone calls and information requests received during 2007.<br />

JANUARY 1, 2007 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2007<br />

911 AND ADMINISTRATIVE CALLS TO THE<br />

LOMPOC POLICE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER<br />

MONTH 911<br />

WIRELINE<br />

INCOMING<br />

911<br />

WIRELESS<br />

INCOMING*<br />

911<br />

OUTGOING<br />

ADMIN.<br />

INCOMING<br />

*TOTAL<br />

CALLS<br />

JANUARY 858 17 122 5,710 6,585<br />

FEBRUARY 810 7 142 5,208 6,025<br />

MARCH 997 43 153 6,331 7,524<br />

APRIL 919 54 144 6,984 8,101<br />

MAY 915 294* 160 5,394 6,603<br />

JUNE 949 163 152 5,822 7,086<br />

JULY 1,006 99 169 5,888 7,162<br />

AUGUST 979 111 191 5,655 6,936<br />

SEPTEMBER 981 92 145 5,672 6,890<br />

OCTOBER 1,021 152 148 5,488 6,809<br />

NOVEMBER 932 155 126 5,641 6,854<br />

DECEMBER 990 118 110 6,878 8,096<br />

2007 TOTAL 11,357 1,305 1,762 70,671* 85,095*<br />

2006 TOTAL 10,843 2,431 66,769 80,043<br />

Change 16.7% Increase - 27.5% + 5.6% + 6.3%


RECORDS/PROPERTY SECTION<br />

Jennifer Chastain is <strong>the</strong> Records/Property Section manager, which is<br />

composed <strong>of</strong> one full-time and two part-time Community Services<br />

Officers, and three full-time Office Staff Assistants.<br />

RECORDS UNIT<br />

Records Unit staff perform <strong>the</strong> records management tasks <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Department. These employees prepare and maintain <strong>the</strong> <strong>police</strong> records associated with<br />

calls for service and criminal investigations. They make certain that <strong>the</strong> Santa Barbara<br />

County District Attorney’s Office and <strong>the</strong> courts prepare <strong>the</strong>se documents for review.<br />

Documents prepared, processed and maintained by <strong>the</strong> Records Unit include traffic<br />

accident reports, citations, <strong>police</strong> service cards, booking records, <strong>police</strong> reports and many<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r types <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficial records. Records personnel processed 12,400 <strong>police</strong> reports during<br />

2007. Two part-time Community Services Officers staff <strong>the</strong> front counter at <strong>the</strong> Police<br />

Department. They receive parking fines, provide <strong>police</strong> reports, manage inquiries and<br />

generally help citizens who walk into <strong>the</strong> Department for various reasons. They must be<br />

well versed in all areas <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department in order to handle <strong>the</strong> wide variety <strong>of</strong> requests<br />

and questions <strong>the</strong>y receive.<br />

The staff <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Records Unit prepared <strong>the</strong> statistical data that is presented on <strong>the</strong><br />

subsequent pages <strong>of</strong> this report.<br />

PROPERTY UNIT<br />

Community Services Officer Ed York is <strong>the</strong> designated Property Officer for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Police Department. He manages thousands <strong>of</strong> pieces <strong>of</strong> evidence/property every year. It is<br />

CSO York’s responsibility to receive items <strong>of</strong> evidence, recovered and found property, and<br />

maintains <strong>the</strong>m in a legal manner for presentation in court. Once <strong>the</strong> court has made a<br />

disposition on a piece <strong>of</strong> property he returns it to <strong>the</strong> rightful owner or destroys <strong>the</strong> item as<br />

necessary. CSO York is also called upon to work at <strong>the</strong> front desk and oversee <strong>the</strong> bicycle<br />

licensing/recovery program. CSO York manages to accomplish <strong>the</strong>se tasks with <strong>the</strong><br />

assistance <strong>of</strong> Community Service Volunteers Van Atkinson (Property Room Assistant) and<br />

Warren Arnold (Bicycle Program).<br />

Property Unit Statistics<br />

Total Number Items Booked in 2007 5,650<br />

Number <strong>of</strong> Items Purged 1,151<br />

Photo Discs Processed 406<br />

Drug and DUI Samples Processed 618<br />

Unclaimed Cash turned into <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> $5072.08<br />

Asset/Seizure Cash to <strong>City</strong> $39,988.26


CITY OF LOMPOC<br />

2007 CRIME STATISTICS<br />

2,500<br />

2,000<br />

1,500<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Part 1 Crimes<br />

2,385<br />

2,213<br />

2,076 2,114<br />

1,951<br />

1,869<br />

1,803<br />

1,857<br />

1,712 1,628<br />

1,616<br />

1,000<br />

500<br />

0<br />

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007<br />

Part 1 Crimes


FELONY CRIMES<br />

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

Part 1 Crimes; 1997 through 2007<br />

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 10 Yr<br />

Avg.<br />

Homicide 1 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 3 3 1<br />

Rape 17 14 19 13 18 23 24 16 13 18 21 18<br />

Robbery 60 35 49 31 27 33 44 41 39 42 28 39<br />

Aggravated<br />

Assault<br />

123 103 117 97 113 115 157 176 167 172 219 142<br />

Burglary 347 432 295 248 292 211 226 244 155 189 178 256<br />

Grand Theft 188 179 164 147 165 205 153 234 221 207 155 183<br />

Vehicle Theft 91 87 49 51 80 81 74 105 88 75 56 76<br />

Arson 23 14 24 35 16 14 28 20 13 5 4 18<br />

Sub-Total 850 865 718 624 714 682 706 836 697 711 664 733<br />

Misdemeanor Crimes<br />

Assault 500 414 364 386 351 325 400 468 453 574 483 429<br />

Petty<br />

Larceny<br />

1,035 934 994 793 886 705 522 810 719 572 469 767<br />

TOTAL 2,385 2,213 2,076 1,803 1,951 1,712 1,628 2,114 1,869 1,857 1,616 1,929<br />

PART 1 CRIMES PER 1,000 POPULATION 1997 THROUGH 2007<br />

YEAR Population* Total Part I Crimes Crimes per 1,000 % <strong>of</strong> Change<br />

1997 38,838 2,385 61.41 +1.19<br />

1998 39,149 2,213 56.53 -7.95<br />

1999 39,357 2,076 52.75 -6.69<br />

2000 39,743 1,803 45.37 -13.99<br />

2001 39,313 1,951 49.63 +8.58<br />

2002 38,844 1,712 44.07 -11.2<br />

2003 39,453 1,628 41.26 -6.37<br />

2004 39,400 2,114 53.65 +23<br />

2005 38,801 1,869 48.17 -11.59<br />

2006 38,798 1,857 47.86 -3.1<br />

2007 39,715 1,616 40.69 -14.98<br />

* California Department <strong>of</strong> Finance population estimate, less <strong>the</strong> U.S. Bureau <strong>of</strong> Prisons population.


Year<br />

CALIFORNIA CRIME INDEX<br />

Three <strong>City</strong> Comparison<br />

Number <strong>of</strong> Offenses (1) and Rate Per 1,000 Population (2)<br />

Period 1997 through 2007<br />

<strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> Santa Maria <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

Santa Barbara<br />

Offenses Rate Offenses Rate Offenses Rate<br />

1997 639 16.45 1,282 18.49 1,393 15.94<br />

1998 672 17.02 1,223 17.27 1,254 14.06<br />

1999 530 13.47 889 12.35 1,149 12.54<br />

2000 442 11.12 879 12.41 1,085 12.34<br />

2001 533 13.56 961 12.00 1,574 16.71<br />

2002 463 11.92 1,111 13.51 1,321 14.56<br />

2003 525 12.43 1,253 14.69 1,527 16.87<br />

2004 582 13.75 1,470 16.55 1,655 18.40<br />

2005 463 10.94 1,627 18.32 1,418 15.84<br />

2006 499 12.86 1,596 17.69 1,172 13.09<br />

2007 505 11.96 Not Available 1,219* 13.66<br />

Cost Per<br />

Capita<br />

$ 203 $ 224 $ 362<br />

(1) Numbers <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>fenses obtained from respective city <strong>police</strong> <strong>department</strong>s or “California<br />

Criminal Justice Pr<strong>of</strong>ile, Santa Barbara County” published by <strong>the</strong> California<br />

Department <strong>of</strong> Justice. *Provided directly from Santa Barbara Police Department.<br />

(2) Population figures used to tabulate <strong>the</strong> rate per 1,000 population were obtained<br />

from California Department <strong>of</strong> Finance population estimate.<br />

California Crime Index includes <strong>the</strong> crimes <strong>of</strong> homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated<br />

assault, burglary and vehicle <strong>the</strong>ft.


Violent Crime Index<br />

19 97 19 98 19 99 20 00 20 01 20 02 20 03 20 04 20 05 20 06 20 07<br />

Santa Barbara Santa Maria <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> Santa Barbara <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> Santa Maria <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Year # Offenses Rate # Offenses Rate # Offenses Rate<br />

1997 414 4.74 407 5.87 201 5.18<br />

1998 504 5.52 456 6.44 153 3.88<br />

1999 524 5.72 317 4.41 186 4.73<br />

2000 470 5.35 312 4.41 148 3.72<br />

2001 539 5.73 333 4.16 161 4.10<br />

2002 533 5.87 376 4.59 171 4.40<br />

2003 531 5.87 368 4.31 225 5.32<br />

2004 579 6.37 478 5.28 233 5.51<br />

2005 509 5.68 604 6.80 220 5.20<br />

2006 462 5.16 741 8.21 235 6.06<br />

2007 458 5.13 NOT AVAILABLE 271 6.42<br />

Violent Crime Index: Homicide, Rape, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault per 1,000<br />

population


LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTS<br />

ALL LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTS<br />

Year Felony Misdemeanor Total Arrests % change<br />

2000 439 1,473 1,912 -7.72<br />

2001 454 1,460 1,914 +0.001<br />

2002 582 1,523 2,105 +9.98<br />

2003 625 1,300 1,925 -8.6<br />

2004 735 1,700 2,435 +21<br />

2005 889 1,807 2,696 +9<br />

2006 825 2,083 2,908 +9<br />

2007 745 1,774 2,519 -13.38<br />

NARCOTICS ARRESTS<br />

Year Felony Misdemeanor Total % Total <strong>arrests</strong> % change<br />

2000 138 215 353 18.46 -13.05<br />

2001 152 378 530 27.69 +50.14<br />

2002 137 176 313 14.87 -40.94<br />

2003 108 179 287 14.91 -8.3<br />

2004 161 195 356 14.63 +19.38<br />

2005 197 336 533 19.8 +33.2<br />

2006 182 406 588 20.0 +9.9<br />

2007 108 228 336 13.33 -33.35<br />

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARRESTS<br />

Year Felony Misdemeanor Total % Total <strong>arrests</strong> % change<br />

2000 65 89 154 8.1 -7.78<br />

2001 63 63 126 6.6 -18.18<br />

2002 63 77 140 6.7 +11.11<br />

2003 93 62 155 8.1 +9.7<br />

2004 88 86 174 7.15 +10.9<br />

2005 79 75 154 5.8 -11.5<br />

2006 64 80 144 4.95 +8.5<br />

2007 40 72 112 4.45 -10.1


<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department<br />

<strong>City</strong> Population, Size and Police Cost<br />

2007<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Service Area; Square Miles 11.67<br />

<strong>City</strong> Streets in Miles 96.84<br />

Number <strong>of</strong> Sworn Personnel (Authorized, Including Grant Positions) 51<br />

Population 42,215<br />

Population per Square Mile 3,617<br />

Officers Per 1,000 Population 1.21<br />

Police Department Budget (Including Jail Services) $8,553,313<br />

Cost Per Square Mile $732,932<br />

Cost Per Capita $203<br />

$400<br />

$350<br />

$362<br />

2007 Policing Costs Per Capita By <strong>City</strong><br />

$300<br />

$280<br />

$250<br />

$200<br />

$249<br />

$224<br />

$203<br />

$150<br />

$100<br />

$50<br />

0<br />

Santa Barbara SBSO Guadalupe Santa Maria <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

CITY<br />

POPULATION<br />

SWORN<br />

OFFICERS<br />

OFFICERS PER 1,000<br />

POPULATION<br />

Guadalupe 6,383 12 1.88<br />

Santa Barbara 89,226 140 1.57<br />

County Area 141,494 218 1.54<br />

Santa Maria 90,144 112 1.24<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> 42,215 51 1.21


QUICK REFERENCE<br />

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LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

FUNCTIONS AND PROGRAMS<br />

LAW ENFORCEMENT<br />

Patrol Operations<br />

Traffic (Motors)<br />

K-9 Patrol<br />

Investigations Section<br />

Gang-Narcotics Enforcement Team (GNET)<br />

SBRNET (Santa Barbara Regional Narcotics<br />

Enforcement Team)<br />

Special Enforcement Team (SWAT)<br />

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Citizens’ Police Academy<br />

Police Explorers<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Beat Television Program<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Junior Police Camp<br />

National Night Out<br />

Special Olympics<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Service Extension <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Salvation Army<br />

PREVENTION & INTERVENTION<br />

Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT)<br />

School Resource Officers<br />

Police Activities League (PAL)<br />

Graffiti Eradication Team<br />

Gang Injunction<br />

Crime Free Multi-Housing Program<br />

Community Oriented Policing Program<br />

Volunteer Unit - VCOPS (Volunteer Citizens On<br />

Patrol)<br />

GRANT FUNDED PROGRAMS<br />

Enhanced Seatbelt Enforcement<br />

Enhanced DUI Enforcement<br />

Anti-Gang Initiative<br />

Crimes Against Women Investigation and Advocacy<br />

Bulletpro<strong>of</strong> Vest Program<br />

Sheriff Booking Contract<br />

Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Grant<br />

FACTS AND FIGURES<br />

• <strong>Lompoc</strong> Patrol Officers responded to 24,344 calls for service, initiated 14,407 enforcement<br />

contacts and completed 12,400 case reports in 2007.<br />

• <strong>Lompoc</strong> Patrol Officers investigated 520 traffic collisions, including one fatal and 122 injury<br />

collisions<br />

• Officers made 213 <strong>arrests</strong> for driving under <strong>the</strong> influence, issued 3,390 traffic citations and<br />

2,047 parking citations.<br />

• Narcotics <strong>of</strong>ficers seized 4,076.6 grams <strong>of</strong> drugs with a street value <strong>of</strong> $265,104<br />

• Detectives <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department achieved a 50.8% clearance rate for cases<br />

assigned in 2007.<br />

• <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department Jailers received 2,321 bookings in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> <strong>City</strong> Jail in 2007<br />

(2,253 from LPD Officers and 68 from o<strong>the</strong>r law enforcement agencies).<br />

• <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department Dispatchers received 85,095 calls from <strong>the</strong> public. These calls<br />

consisted <strong>of</strong> 12,662 emergency calls for <strong>police</strong>, fire and/or emergency medical services via <strong>the</strong><br />

911 emergency system and 70,671 calls via regular telephone lines for public safety services.

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