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Table <strong>of</strong> Contents<br />

Chiefs Message…………………………………………………..2<br />

Values .…………………………………………………………...3<br />

Mission Statement, Code <strong>of</strong> Ethics, Core Values<br />

2008 Employee Roster<br />

Organizational Chart<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Quick Facts …………………………………………….6<br />

Department Awards and Special Recognitions.…….………….7<br />

Significant Events in 2008..….………………………………….15<br />

Special Olympics<br />

Salvation Army<br />

National Night Out<br />

Junior Police Camp<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Citizen’s Police Academy<br />

Annual Open House<br />

Operations Division………….…………………………………18<br />

Patrol Section<br />

Special Enforcement Team, K-9<br />

Graffiti Abatement and Vehicle Abatement<br />

Community Services Section, Police Beat, Volunteers, VCOPs<br />

G.R.E.A.T., Citizens on Patrol, <strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley Police Activities League<br />

Explorers<br />

Traffic Enforcement<br />

Support Services Division ……….…………………………….27<br />

Investigations Section<br />

Gang/Narcotics Enforcement<br />

Santa Barbara County Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team<br />

Dispatch/Jail<br />

Communications Unit<br />

Records/Property Section<br />

Crime Statistics…………………………………………………37<br />

Part I Crimes<br />

California Crime Index<br />

Violent Crimes<br />

Arrests<br />

Costs/Officers Per Capita<br />

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL REPORT 1


A MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF<br />

TIMOTHY L. DABNEY<br />

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

The men and women <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department made significant progress in<br />

crime prevention and providing top quality law enforcement services to our community in<br />

2008. A portion <strong>of</strong> this success can be attributed to a concerted effort to fill vacant<br />

positions and reduce attrition <strong>of</strong> highly skilled <strong>of</strong>ficers and support staff. By <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> year, all full-time positions within <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department were filled and<br />

Department operations were unhindered by staff shortages.<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> continues to be one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> safest communities on <strong>the</strong> Central Coast. The <strong>City</strong><br />

realized a 10.9% reduction in total Part 1 Crimes in 2008 as compared to 2007. In fact,<br />

<strong>the</strong> 1,440 Part 1 Crimes recorded in 2008 is lower than any <strong>annual</strong> total realized in <strong>the</strong> last<br />

thirty years. These figures are even more significant as <strong>the</strong>y come on <strong>the</strong> heels <strong>of</strong> a 13%<br />

reduction <strong>of</strong> total Part 1 crimes in 2007.<br />

Statistics only provide a glimpse <strong>of</strong> our community and public safety related issues. The<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department maintained it focus on gang related crime through a threepronged<br />

approach <strong>of</strong> prevention, intervention and enforcement activities. Officers and<br />

staff participated in community meetings and public forums to address neighborhood<br />

concerns. They developed partnerships with residents and business owners to customize<br />

solutions for <strong>the</strong>ir unique concerns. Bicycle patrols, School Resource Officers, drug and<br />

G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training) classes and federally funded<br />

“Anti-Gang Initiative” targeted patrols and sweeps are just a few examples <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> tools<br />

used by <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department to address this insidious threat to <strong>the</strong> peace and<br />

safety <strong>of</strong> our community.<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department continued its quest for funding to benefit <strong>the</strong> community<br />

though specialized law enforcement services that would not o<strong>the</strong>rwise be possible with<br />

existing resources. Over $700,000 dollars were obtain through grants and o<strong>the</strong>r outside<br />

funding streams in 2008 to support programs such as specialized narcotics investigations,<br />

school resource <strong>of</strong>ficers, crimes against women investigations and advocacy, DUI<br />

prevention and enforcement, enhanced gang enforcement, alcoholic beverage control,<br />

crime prevention programs, seatbelt enforcement, traffic safety, and under-aged drinking<br />

prevention.<br />

The <strong>of</strong>ficers, dispatchers, jailers, community services <strong>of</strong>ficers, clerical staff, volunteers<br />

and explorers who serve <strong>the</strong> residents <strong>of</strong> our <strong>City</strong> are highly trained pr<strong>of</strong>essionals who<br />

take pride in a job well done and take responsibility for solving <strong>the</strong> problems that arise in<br />

our community. Their dedication to <strong>Lompoc</strong> and <strong>the</strong>ir pr<strong>of</strong>ession is unabashedly<br />

described in <strong>the</strong> mission statement and core values <strong>of</strong> our agency.<br />

As our city, state, and nation enter perilous economic times in <strong>the</strong> coming year, <strong>the</strong><br />

Department’s mission and resolve to provide <strong>the</strong> highest level <strong>of</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essional law<br />

enforcement service possible, remains unchanged. Likewise, I stand committed to<br />

providing <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficers and staff <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department with <strong>the</strong> training and<br />

resources <strong>the</strong>y need to be fully supported and equipped to devote <strong>the</strong>ir energies to “taking<br />

care <strong>of</strong> our <strong>City</strong>.”<br />

It is with tremendous pride in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department and honor <strong>of</strong> service to <strong>the</strong><br />

residents <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> that I present <strong>the</strong> 2008 <strong>annual</strong> <strong>report</strong>.<br />

TIMOTHY L. DABNEY<br />

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

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL REPORT 2


MISSION STATEMENT<br />

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

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

partnership with <strong>the</strong> citizens we serve, encouraging<br />

mutual respect and innovative problem solving, <strong>the</strong>reby<br />

improving <strong>the</strong> quality <strong>of</strong> life in our community.<br />

CODE OF ETHICS<br />

As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is<br />

to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to<br />

protect <strong>the</strong> innocent against deception, <strong>the</strong> weak against<br />

oppression or intimidation, and <strong>the</strong> peaceful against<br />

violence or disorder; and to respect <strong>the</strong> Constitutional<br />

rights <strong>of</strong> all persons to liberty, equality and justice.<br />

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all;<br />

maintain courageous calm in <strong>the</strong> face <strong>of</strong> danger, scorn or<br />

ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> welfare <strong>of</strong> o<strong>the</strong>rs. Honest in thought and deed in<br />

both my personal and <strong>of</strong>ficial life, I will be exemplary in<br />

obeying <strong>the</strong> laws <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> land and <strong>the</strong> regulations <strong>of</strong> my<br />

department. Whatever I see or hear <strong>of</strong> a confidential<br />

nature or that is confided to me in my <strong>of</strong>ficial capacity<br />

will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in<br />

<strong>the</strong> performance <strong>of</strong> my duty.<br />

I will never act <strong>of</strong>ficiously or permit personal feelings,<br />

prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my<br />

decisions. With no compromise for crime and with<br />

relentless prosecution <strong>of</strong> criminal, I will enforce <strong>the</strong> law<br />

courteously and appropriately without fear or favor,<br />

malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or<br />

violence and never accepting gratuities.<br />

I recognize <strong>the</strong> badge <strong>of</strong> my <strong>of</strong>fice as a symbol <strong>of</strong> public<br />

faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as<br />

I am true to <strong>the</strong> ethics <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> police service. I will<br />

constantly strive to achieve <strong>the</strong>se objectives and ideals,<br />

dedicating myself before God to my chosen<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>ession...law enforcement.<br />

CORE VALUES<br />

QUALITY<br />

The quality <strong>of</strong> a police department is reflected in its<br />

people, its leadership, its reputation, and its vision. We<br />

are dedicated to selecting, developing and retaining a<br />

diverse staff <strong>of</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essionals who embrace excellence as<br />

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

<strong>the</strong>ir previous accomplishments.<br />

SERVICE<br />

The primary function <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department is<br />

to serve <strong>the</strong> public. We are a proactive enforcement<br />

oriented organization committed to delivering responsive,<br />

innovative, and courteous service in an impartial manner.<br />

We encourage community input and participation in our<br />

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

INTEGRITY<br />

We recognize that we are employed in positions <strong>of</strong> great<br />

trust, responsibility and expectation in our community.<br />

We hold ourselves to an elevated standard <strong>of</strong> conduct and<br />

accept only <strong>the</strong> highest levels <strong>of</strong> honesty and ethical<br />

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<br />

range <strong>of</strong> human strengths, weaknesses, and needs. Each<br />

member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department places a high<br />

value on being in <strong>the</strong> people business. We realize that<br />

every contact is unique and that we do not always see<br />

citizens in <strong>the</strong> most favorable circumstances. We will<br />

express concern and empathy for those who need our<br />

services.<br />

PRIDE<br />

Police work is a noble undertaking. We believe we make<br />

a difference in our community and take great pride in our<br />

accomplishments. Our members exhibit creativity,<br />

confidence and courage in meeting <strong>the</strong> daily challenges <strong>of</strong><br />

our pr<strong>of</strong>ession.<br />

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL REPORT 3


LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT ROSTER<br />

2008<br />

CAPTAINS<br />

Donald Deming<br />

Larry Ralston<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 />

Agustin Arias<br />

Milt Baldwin<br />

Scott Casey<br />

Bryan Dillard<br />

Jorge Magana<br />

Joseph Stetz<br />

OFFICERS<br />

Susie Aanerud<br />

Eric Andreasen<br />

Sergio Arias<br />

Jon Bailey<br />

Donald Bumanglag<br />

Tammy Clancy<br />

Corey Cox<br />

Stephen Delauretis<br />

Philip Dollman<br />

Robert Dugan†<br />

Bryan FIndlay†<br />

Jason Flint<br />

William Francis<br />

David Garcia<br />

David Garza†<br />

Leonel Garza<br />

Sean Gowing<br />

Brian Guerra<br />

Mat<strong>the</strong>w Hill†<br />

Ronald Hutchins<br />

Nolan Jones<br />

David Lamar<br />

Frank Lopez<br />

Vince Magallon<br />

Scott Morgan<br />

CHIEF OF POLICE<br />

Timothy L. Dabney<br />

OFFICERS<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 />

Michael Collins†<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 />

Darren Hunt†<br />

INFORMATION SERVICES<br />

Monique Wales<br />

VICTIM ADVOCATE<br />

Cozetta Blow<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<br />

ASSISTANTS<br />

Kitty Bauer PT*<br />

Rocio Cazares PT<br />

Sheila Davis†<br />

Vicki Johnson<br />

Lesa Larson<br />

Karen Niemi<br />

Deborah Oliver†<br />

CROSSING GUARDS<br />

Lisha Avila†<br />

Anna Crews<br />

Tina Dove†<br />

LaDonna Emerson†<br />

Joe Mellen<br />

George Naudus†<br />

Nicki Pippen<br />

Diane Rhoades†<br />

Richard Summers<br />

Diana Williamson<br />

INTERNS<br />

Thomas Baldwin†<br />

Jay Boudreaux<br />

Alissa Iveland<br />

* Indicates Separated from<br />

<strong>the</strong> Department in 2008<br />

† Indicates Hired or<br />

Promoted in 2008<br />

PT Indicates Part-Time<br />

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL REPORT 4


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

Organizational Chart 2008<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 />

Investigations<br />

Section<br />

Records /<br />

Property<br />

Dispatch / Jail<br />

Section<br />

Patrol Section<br />

Patrol<br />

Watches<br />

Traffic Unit<br />

Canine Unit<br />

Special<br />

Enforcement<br />

Team<br />

Community Services<br />

Section<br />

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

S.R.O. Officers<br />

Police Activities<br />

League<br />

Volunteer<br />

Unit<br />

Police Explorer<br />

Unit<br />

Vehicle<br />

Abatement<br />

Major Crimes<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 />

Graffiti<br />

Abatement<br />

SBRNET<br />

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL REPORT 5


<strong>Lompoc</strong> Quick Facts<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong>, pronounced LOM-POKE, is located on<br />

scenic Pacific Coast Highway, 55 miles north <strong>of</strong><br />

Santa Barbara. It is adjacent to Vandenberg Air<br />

Force Base, <strong>the</strong> nation's premier polar launch site,<br />

home to eight launch complexes and one<br />

commercial spaceport.<br />

County:<br />

Santa Barbara<br />

Area:<br />

11.67 square miles<br />

Population: 42,957<br />

Mayor:<br />

Dick DeWees<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> is also strategically located between<br />

Sou<strong>the</strong>rn California and Bay Area manufacturing,<br />

supplier, and consumer markets. Specifically, it is<br />

155 miles north <strong>of</strong> Los Angeles and 270 miles<br />

south <strong>of</strong> San Francisco.<br />

The first settlers in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley were <strong>the</strong><br />

Chumash Indians. The Chumash and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

predecessors lived in this region for nearly 10,000<br />

years prior to European influence. <strong>Lompoc</strong> is a<br />

Chumash word meaning land <strong>of</strong> many lakes. The<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley Land Company was formed and<br />

incorporated in August <strong>of</strong> 1874. The Company<br />

under took <strong>the</strong> settlement <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley as a<br />

temperance colony on existing Mexican rancho<br />

lands which was purchased from <strong>the</strong> owners for<br />

$500,000. The colony was incorporated as a <strong>City</strong><br />

on August 13, 1888.<br />

Early <strong>Lompoc</strong> was essentially agricultural, but <strong>the</strong><br />

community economic and labor base grew and<br />

diversified. The growth and diversification <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> was due in part to <strong>the</strong> establishment and<br />

growth <strong>of</strong> Camp Cooke Army Base, now<br />

Vandenberg Air Force Base. The population <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley soared from 6,665 in 1957 to over<br />

58,301 in 2008.<br />

<strong>City</strong> Manager:<br />

<strong>City</strong> Website:<br />

Nickname:<br />

Laurel Barcelona<br />

www.city<strong>of</strong>lompoc.com<br />

<strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> Arts and Flowers<br />

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL REPORT 6


2008 DEPARTMENT AWARDS<br />

Suzie Aanerud<br />

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD –<br />

SWORN OFFICER<br />

About two years later she attended <strong>the</strong><br />

police academy and was sworn in as an<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficer in 2004. Since that time she has<br />

worked in patrol and now is a detective<br />

serving in <strong>the</strong> Investigations Section. Last<br />

March she embarked on <strong>the</strong> biggest case<br />

<strong>of</strong> her young career - <strong>the</strong> murder <strong>of</strong> twoyear<br />

old Isabella Maria Cortes. The case<br />

ended with two convictions, one for<br />

murder and one for felony child neglect,<br />

child endangerment and bringing drugs<br />

into <strong>the</strong> jail.<br />

Because <strong>of</strong> her work ethic, character,<br />

tenacity, excellent investigative ability,<br />

volunteerism and commitment to<br />

champion <strong>the</strong> cause <strong>of</strong> victims in our<br />

community, Detective Suzie Aanerud has<br />

earned <strong>the</strong> Officer <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Year Award and<br />

is recognized for her meritorious service.<br />

Suzie Aanerud began her law enforcement<br />

career as an Explorer with <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Police Department. She completed <strong>the</strong> ROP<br />

Program in Criminal Justice at <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

High School.<br />

When Officer Aanerud graduated from High<br />

School, she began taking classes at Allan<br />

Hancock College and tested successfully for<br />

<strong>the</strong> position <strong>of</strong> Police Dispatcher.<br />

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL REPORT 7


Fred<br />

Holmes<br />

MERITORIOUS SERVICE<br />

AWARD - VOLUNTEER<br />

Arnold<br />

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE<br />

AWARD - VOLUNTEER<br />

Fred Holmes began his volunteer career with<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department in January <strong>of</strong><br />

1999. Over <strong>the</strong> past ten years he has<br />

processed over 350 background<br />

investigations for all positions in <strong>the</strong><br />

Department from <strong>of</strong>ficer to volunteer. In<br />

fact <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 74 full time employees currently<br />

working at <strong>the</strong> Department, Fred completed<br />

51 <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir backgrounds. In <strong>the</strong> last 6 years,<br />

Fred has donated over 7,480 hours <strong>of</strong><br />

service. Fred is here three days a week, at<br />

<strong>the</strong> wee hours <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> morning working<br />

diligently to help our Department recruit<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficers and staff <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> highest character<br />

and integrity.<br />

Fred also volunteers his time to better our<br />

community as a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Shriners<br />

Organization. He can be seen in every<br />

Flower Festival Parade as “Peanut” <strong>the</strong><br />

clown.<br />

There is no doubt Fred loves <strong>Lompoc</strong> and<br />

his dedicated service earned him recognition<br />

in 2008 for meritorious service.<br />

Warren<br />

Warren Arnold has served in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Valley most <strong>of</strong> his life. He started<br />

working for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department as <strong>the</strong> “Bicycle Guy” in<br />

October <strong>of</strong> 1995. Every Friday, Warren<br />

faithfully comes into <strong>the</strong> Department to<br />

register bicycles for <strong>the</strong> citizens <strong>of</strong> our<br />

community. He searches <strong>the</strong> found<br />

bicycle inventory to match-up “found”<br />

bicycles with <strong>the</strong>ir owners who have<br />

<strong>report</strong>ed <strong>the</strong>m as lost or stolen. On many<br />

an occasion, Warren has had <strong>the</strong> joy <strong>of</strong><br />

calling a young boy or girl to tell <strong>the</strong>m that<br />

he may have found <strong>the</strong>ir bicycle. Warren<br />

even takes issue with <strong>of</strong>ficers who do not<br />

appropriately mark bicycles as found or<br />

stolen property. He is truly looking out for<br />

<strong>the</strong> folks in our <strong>City</strong>.<br />

Warren is a retired biology teacher who<br />

served at <strong>Lompoc</strong> High School. His<br />

community service as a founding member <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Botanical Society and his<br />

service as a commissioner on <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Beautification Commission shows his love<br />

for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> community.<br />

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL REPORT 8


Eileen Wiegand<br />

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE<br />

AWARD – VOLUNTEER<br />

Eileen Wiegand became a volunteer in 2002.<br />

Looking for her niche, she found a home in<br />

<strong>the</strong> Investigations Section. Every year she<br />

dedicates hundreds <strong>of</strong> hours to input data<br />

into <strong>the</strong> Cal-Gangs database and compiling<br />

gangs statistics. Her efforts have assisted in<br />

obtaining grants, responding to Grand Jury<br />

inquiries and <strong>the</strong> data she prepares helps<br />

every <strong>of</strong>ficer who has made a gang related<br />

contact or had to make a presentation on<br />

Gangs in <strong>Lompoc</strong>. Eileen dutifully<br />

volunteers to perform <strong>the</strong>se critical tasks that<br />

we so <strong>of</strong>ten take for granted.<br />

Eileen was presented a distinguished service<br />

award to recognize her dedications to our<br />

community.<br />

LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT - ANNUAL REPORT 9


Bernie Federmann<br />

And Trisha Childs<br />

SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR<br />

CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT<br />

Bernie Federmann has been a Chaplain for<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department for 6 years<br />

and has received <strong>the</strong> Volunteer <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year<br />

award for his service to <strong>the</strong> Department.<br />

This award recognizes all that he does for<br />

our community. There is no question that<br />

Bernie loves <strong>Lompoc</strong>. He and his church<br />

have sponsored events and programs to<br />

benefit <strong>the</strong> less fortunate, keep our youth out<br />

<strong>of</strong> harms way and clean up neighborhoods.<br />

A few examples are:<br />

• Mobile home park repair day<br />

• Compassion baskets for those in<br />

need<br />

• Post-Prom party<br />

• Homecoming Post-Game party<br />

• Harvest Festival Celebration<br />

• Special Olympics Car Show<br />

• Free water for Flower Festival<br />

Parade<br />

• Public Safety & Military Servant<br />

Appreciation BBQ<br />

• National Night Out<br />

• Graffiti Clean-up and <strong>the</strong> cleaning<br />

and planting <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> “<strong>Lompoc</strong>” sign<br />

at Hwy 1 and Hwy 246.<br />

These a just a few <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> things that Bernie<br />

facilitates at no charge, seeking nothing in<br />

return. He truly has a servant’s heart. But<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is also ano<strong>the</strong>r person deserving <strong>of</strong><br />

recognition. Whenever Bernie says “yes”<br />

to a project or comes up with his own<br />

ideas to benefit our community, <strong>the</strong>re is a<br />

special person who quietly makes it all<br />

happen. Trisha Childs is Chaplain<br />

Federmann’s “go to” person. She<br />

cheerfully labors many hours, <strong>of</strong>ten<br />

without compensation, for all <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> events<br />

listed above. One person who nominated<br />

Trisha put it this way “Trisha puts her<br />

heart into all she does for <strong>the</strong> community.”<br />

For Trisha, service to <strong>Lompoc</strong> is more<br />

than her responsibility it is a reflection <strong>of</strong><br />

her Christ-like values.<br />

Lesa<br />

Larson<br />

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MERITORIOUS SERVICE -<br />

SUPPORT EMPLOYEE<br />

ELLEN McCASLIN AWARD<br />

Lesa has her finger on <strong>the</strong> pulse <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Department. She is a sounding board for all<br />

employees regardless <strong>of</strong> rank and is always<br />

available to lend a sympa<strong>the</strong>tic ear. She<br />

began her career with <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> in<br />

March <strong>of</strong> 2002 and held several positions<br />

within <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> before settling in as <strong>the</strong><br />

Officer Staff Assistant IV assigned to Police<br />

Administration. Since that time Lesa Larson<br />

has proven her ability to run detailed<br />

projects from beginning to end as well as<br />

maintain <strong>the</strong> clerical and records keeping<br />

functions <strong>of</strong> police administration.<br />

Lesa serves as a member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Salvation<br />

Army Board <strong>of</strong> Directors, coordinates <strong>the</strong><br />

Police Department’s role in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

High School Criminal Justice ROP class and<br />

spends countless hours working on functions<br />

like <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department Car<br />

Show and Cruise Night, Tip-a-Cop and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r functions to benefit Special Olympics.<br />

She does not seek recognition for her behind<br />

<strong>the</strong> scenes role in so many Department<br />

functions that benefit <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department and our community.<br />

Nathan<br />

Flint<br />

The Ellen McCaslin Award is awarded<br />

<strong>annual</strong>ly to an employee selected by <strong>the</strong><br />

Chief <strong>of</strong> Police who embodies Ellen’s<br />

attributes <strong>of</strong> optimism, team spirit,<br />

dedication, and loyalty to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Police Department.<br />

Sgt. Nathan Flint continually seeks to<br />

elevate <strong>the</strong> image <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department. He<br />

is Loyal and dedicated to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Police Department and willing to quietly<br />

mentor younger <strong>of</strong>ficers as a true leader <strong>of</strong><br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs. It is easy to see that his character<br />

was built in his childhood as we witness<br />

like character in his fa<strong>the</strong>r and bro<strong>the</strong>r who<br />

both serve as members <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department.<br />

Sgt. Flint has served as a Field Training<br />

Officer, Narcotics Detective, Special<br />

Enforcement Team Member, and Arrest<br />

and Control Instructor. Sgt. Flint served<br />

as <strong>the</strong> president <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Officer’s Association in 2006 and 2007.<br />

He received <strong>the</strong> prestigious H. Thomas<br />

Guerry Award for Superior performance in<br />

2005 and was promoted to Sergeant in<br />

April <strong>of</strong> 2006.<br />

David<br />

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Lamar<br />

“ROOKIE OF THE YEAR”<br />

John<br />

Reyna<br />

ELK’S TOP COP<br />

David Lamar was selected by his peers as<br />

“Rookie <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Year” because <strong>of</strong> his work<br />

ethic and infectiously positive attitude. He<br />

stepped up to assume <strong>the</strong> lead role as<br />

Explorer advisor. Officer Lamar’s peers<br />

have described him as cheerful, always<br />

smiling, never complains. He is very<br />

thorough, has an open mind and is willing<br />

and eager to learn.<br />

Officer Lamar is fur<strong>the</strong>r described as<br />

humble, yet very capable, and completes<br />

superior investigations for a rookie <strong>of</strong>ficer.<br />

He seems to handle every call as though it is<br />

his most important and that attitude rings<br />

true with <strong>the</strong> citizens <strong>of</strong> our community.<br />

Officer Reyna was selected to receive <strong>the</strong><br />

honor <strong>of</strong> “Elk’s Top Cop” as a result <strong>of</strong> his<br />

outstanding performance during 2008.<br />

Officer Reyna conducted 1,337 <strong>of</strong>ficer<br />

initiated (On-view) events, completed 296<br />

<strong>report</strong>s, wrote 223 citations and arrested<br />

138 criminals over <strong>the</strong> course <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year.<br />

Officer Reyna’s recognition in no way<br />

diminishes <strong>the</strong> stellar accomplishments <strong>of</strong><br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs within our Department. Officer<br />

Reyna is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first to recognize that<br />

our agency achieves success as a team.<br />

We do take care <strong>of</strong> our <strong>City</strong> as evidenced<br />

in <strong>the</strong> reduction in statistics during 2008<br />

and in <strong>the</strong> top quality prevention and<br />

enforcement efforts we have undertaken.<br />

Rachel<br />

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Delkener<br />

“ROOKIE OF THE YEAR”<br />

Non-Sworn<br />

Rachel came to work as a dispatcher for<br />

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

summer <strong>of</strong> 2007 and excelled in her newfound<br />

career. She has always pushed her<br />

self to be <strong>the</strong> best that she can in all she<br />

does. Her enthusiasm is contagious and<br />

her quick grasp <strong>of</strong> her duties has earned<br />

her <strong>the</strong> respect <strong>of</strong> peers, and supervisors.<br />

Rachel has extraordinary organizational<br />

skills and was elected by <strong>the</strong> LPOA to<br />

serve as <strong>the</strong> Treasurer for <strong>the</strong> organization.<br />

Rachel has been described as a breath <strong>of</strong><br />

fresh air, composed, helpful and a true<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essional who enjoys her work.<br />

Rachel Delkener was formerly employed as<br />

bank teller and was a witness in several<br />

forgery cases that occurred at <strong>the</strong> bank. But<br />

more notably, Ms. Delkener and her mo<strong>the</strong>r<br />

provided key information as to <strong>the</strong> identity<br />

<strong>of</strong> a prolific bank robber who had held up<br />

many banks up and down <strong>the</strong> central coast<br />

including <strong>Lompoc</strong>. All <strong>the</strong> investigations to<br />

determine <strong>the</strong> identity <strong>of</strong> this robber were<br />

quickly exhausted, when Rachel and her<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>r thought <strong>the</strong>y recognized <strong>the</strong><br />

perpetrator in a BOL and called <strong>the</strong> police.<br />

Their information broke <strong>the</strong> case and<br />

resulted in <strong>the</strong> conviction <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> bank robber<br />

for his many crimes.<br />

SERIO ARIAS<br />

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H. THOMAS GUERRY<br />

AWARD<br />

Officer Sergio Arias was honored with <strong>the</strong><br />

2008 H. Thomas Guerry Award for Superior<br />

Performance Meritorious Service.<br />

Although a great deal <strong>of</strong> time has not passed<br />

since Officer Arias committed to serve his<br />

community as an <strong>of</strong>ficer, he has had a<br />

tremendous impact in <strong>the</strong> policing <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong>. In 2008 Officer Arias led<br />

all o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>of</strong>ficers <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department with 146 arrests. As any<br />

seasoned <strong>of</strong>ficer knows it is <strong>the</strong> quality <strong>of</strong><br />

those arrests that count most. Many <strong>of</strong><br />

Officer Arias’ arrests came as <strong>the</strong> result <strong>of</strong><br />

his 1,133 <strong>of</strong>ficer initiated contacts that were<br />

made over and above <strong>the</strong> calls for service to<br />

which he responded.<br />

In one incident on April 24, 2008, Officer<br />

Arias was <strong>of</strong>f-duty and driving his<br />

personally owned vehicle when he observed<br />

a known gang member who was wanted for<br />

an assault with a deadly<br />

weapon that he had committed just days<br />

prior. Officer Arias called <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Public Safety Dispatch Center and<br />

coordinated <strong>the</strong> response <strong>of</strong> on-duty units<br />

facilitating <strong>the</strong> capture <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> wanted felon<br />

without incident or injury. Officer Arias<br />

used sound tactics and good judgment in<br />

coordinating this <strong>of</strong>f-duty enforcement<br />

effort.<br />

In ano<strong>the</strong>r case Officer Arias, assisted by<br />

fellow <strong>of</strong>ficers, responded to a suicidal<br />

subject who had told dispatchers that he<br />

had a gun and intended to shoot at <strong>of</strong>ficers<br />

until <strong>the</strong>y were forced to shoot him and<br />

facilitate his “suicide by cop.” The <strong>of</strong>ficers<br />

responded and formulated a tactical plan<br />

to address <strong>the</strong> situation. While <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficers<br />

were moving into position <strong>the</strong> suicidal<br />

subject unexpectedly exited his apartment<br />

with a telephone in one hand and what<br />

appeared to be a gun in <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r. As <strong>the</strong><br />

subject began to move <strong>the</strong> gun in <strong>the</strong><br />

direction <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficers, Officer Arias grabbed<br />

his hand and disarmed <strong>the</strong> subject. It was<br />

learned later that <strong>the</strong> gun held by <strong>the</strong><br />

suicidal subject was a replica firearm.<br />

Because <strong>of</strong> Officer Arias’ abilities in<br />

dealing with crimes involving gangs and<br />

drugs he has been called upon to assist<br />

during special investigations <strong>of</strong> major<br />

crimes that have occurred over <strong>the</strong> past<br />

year.<br />

Officer Arias is certainly deserving <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

2008 H. Thomas Guerry Award for<br />

Superior Performance.<br />

Significant Events in 2008<br />

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS<br />

CAR SHOW<br />

Held at Ryon Park on August 30, 2008,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Seventh Annual <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department Special Olympics Car Show<br />

was a huge success. Harry Heidt and Lesa<br />

Larson put many hours into attracting<br />

hundreds <strong>of</strong> show entrants and thousands<br />

<strong>of</strong> spectators, <strong>the</strong> car show raised $30,000<br />

to support local Special Olympic athletes.<br />

SALVATION ARMY<br />

SUMMER TRIP 2008<br />

The Salvation Army has been serving <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> community for over 30 years.<br />

One service that <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Service<br />

Extension <strong>of</strong>fers is a Summer Camp<br />

Program sponsored in full by <strong>the</strong> Salvation<br />

Army. In <strong>the</strong> summer <strong>of</strong> 2008,<br />

accompanied by <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department <strong>of</strong>fice staff assistant Lesa<br />

Larson and victim advocate Cozetta Blow;<br />

our extension sent twenty under privileged<br />

children from <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> community to<br />

Camp Gilmore located in <strong>the</strong> Malibu<br />

Canyon. Various members <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

Police Department serve on <strong>the</strong> executive<br />

board <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Service Extension <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Salvation Army. In 2008, over 80<br />

families received emergency lodging,<br />

food, transportation or o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

compassionate services provided by <strong>the</strong><br />

Salvation Army Service Extension through<br />

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

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT<br />

CELEBRATION<br />

National Night Out is held on <strong>the</strong> first<br />

Tuesday in August. <strong>Lompoc</strong> joined<br />

communities across <strong>the</strong> country in <strong>the</strong><br />

fight against crime. Officers Frank Lopez<br />

and Philip Dollman coordinated <strong>the</strong> event<br />

where <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department was<br />

joined by <strong>the</strong> California Highway Patrol,<br />

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office,<br />

U.S. Air Force and <strong>the</strong> U.S. Army.<br />

Activities included a carnival, displays,<br />

booths, and food which were all free to <strong>the</strong><br />

public. The event was held in <strong>the</strong> 700<br />

block <strong>of</strong> North Fourth Street and was open<br />

to <strong>the</strong> public.<br />

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JUNIOR POLICE<br />

CAMP<br />

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

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

Recreation Department, hosted two<br />

Junior Police Camps in 2008. This<br />

program is coordinated by Sergeant<br />

Danny Rios, and presented by Officers<br />

David Lamar and Jason Flint.<br />

For <strong>the</strong> first time, <strong>the</strong> Santa Barbara County<br />

Sheriff’s Office Air Unit put on a helicopter<br />

demonstration at <strong>Lompoc</strong> Airport. Campers<br />

were able to witness a lift-<strong>of</strong>f and a landing, and<br />

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

Each participant received a Jr. police uniform t-<br />

shirt and cap to wear for “inspection” each day.<br />

The first camp was hosted in August<br />

2002 and it continues to be very popular<br />

with <strong>Lompoc</strong> youth. Approximately<br />

twenty-five young people between <strong>the</strong><br />

ages <strong>of</strong> 8-12 participate in each class,<br />

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

camp, participants get insight into <strong>the</strong><br />

daily activities <strong>of</strong> a <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Officer.<br />

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

attended a graduation ceremony where <strong>the</strong> Chief<br />

<strong>of</strong> Police presented each one with a Certificate<br />

<strong>of</strong> Completion.<br />

In 2008, <strong>the</strong> campers attended<br />

demonstrations and presentations on <strong>the</strong><br />

Department’s Special Enforcement<br />

Team, motors, K-9, patrol, Crime Scene<br />

Investigations, and arrest and control.<br />

LOMPOC CITIZENS’<br />

POLICE ACADEMY<br />

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

is a 13-week program designed to<br />

provide an inside look into all aspects <strong>of</strong><br />

law enforcement as practiced by <strong>the</strong><br />

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

Participants attend 13 sessions on such<br />

topics as community policing, gangs,<br />

major crimes, SWAT, patrol, traffic,<br />

criminal law and internal affairs.<br />

Department members with expertise in<br />

each area teach <strong>the</strong> sessions. During <strong>the</strong><br />

course, participants will ride one shift<br />

with an <strong>of</strong>ficer.<br />

ANNUAL<br />

OPEN HOUSE<br />

Tours were given to citizens <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> station<br />

and jail. The date <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> open house<br />

coincided with Law Enforcement<br />

Appreciation Week. A display is placed in<br />

<strong>the</strong> building to commemorate <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficers<br />

that have fallen in <strong>the</strong> state over <strong>the</strong> last<br />

year. In 2008, thirteen <strong>of</strong>ficers lost <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

lives in <strong>the</strong> line <strong>of</strong> duty.<br />

In May <strong>the</strong> Department held its <strong>annual</strong><br />

Open House. Hundreds <strong>of</strong> people came<br />

to <strong>the</strong> police station to see <strong>the</strong> displays<br />

showing Special Enforcement weapons,<br />

<strong>the</strong> K-9 Xito and his handler, and <strong>the</strong><br />

multitude <strong>of</strong> vehicles <strong>the</strong> department<br />

uses.<br />

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OPERATIONS DIVISION<br />

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

<strong>of</strong>ficers who deliver community interactive law<br />

enforcement services in <strong>the</strong> field. The sub-units <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Operations Division are <strong>the</strong> Patrol Section,<br />

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

and Vehicle Abatement. Captain Donald A. Deming<br />

is <strong>the</strong> Operations Division Commander.<br />

PATROL SECTION<br />

The Patrol Section is <strong>the</strong> most visible<br />

unit within any municipal law<br />

enforcement agency. Four sergeants,<br />

four agents and 23 <strong>of</strong>ficers provide<br />

immediate police services and protection<br />

twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.<br />

These <strong>of</strong>ficers are divided into four<br />

squads and respond to all emergency<br />

situations and requests for police<br />

services.<br />

During 2008, <strong>the</strong> Department handled<br />

38,041 incidents, including 23,287 calls<br />

for service, 14,754 self-initiated<br />

activities and generated 7,937 police<br />

cases.<br />

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

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

enhance <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<br />

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

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

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 38,815 51 1.31 39,512 25,613 13,899 12,433<br />

2007 38,665 51 1.32 38,751 24,344 14,407 12,400<br />

2008 39,242 51 1.29 38,041 23,287 14,754 7,937*<br />

*Although a <strong>report</strong>ing policy merge in 2008 reflects a significant decline in <strong>the</strong> number <strong>of</strong> <strong>report</strong>s<br />

taken, <strong>the</strong> actual number <strong>of</strong> <strong>report</strong>s was only marginally lower in this <strong>report</strong>ing period. Statistics<br />

included supplemental <strong>report</strong>s generated under <strong>the</strong> originating case number.<br />

29,000<br />

24,000<br />

19,000<br />

14,000<br />

9,000<br />

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008<br />

Calls For Service<br />

Officer Initiated<br />

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SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT<br />

TEAM<br />

K-9 UNIT<br />

The Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.)<br />

is composed <strong>of</strong> 13 members who have<br />

received extensive training in <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong><br />

Special Weapons and Tactics<br />

(S.W.A.T.). These <strong>of</strong>ficers serve <strong>the</strong><br />

citizens <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> by safely diffusing<br />

violent or potentially violent situations.<br />

The SET Unit is composed <strong>of</strong> a<br />

Commander, a Team Leader, and two<br />

Assistant Team Leaders, two marksmen<br />

and experts trained in active shooter<br />

response, high risk building entry, less<br />

lethal weaponry, chemical agents<br />

deployment, and an armorer.<br />

Two trained hostage negotiators<br />

augment <strong>the</strong> SET Unit for incidents<br />

requiring crisis-negotiating skills. Each<br />

member <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> SET Unit is required to<br />

complete over 100 hours <strong>of</strong> rigorous<br />

training <strong>annual</strong>ly. No citizens or<br />

members <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> SET Unit have been<br />

injured during hazardous operations in<br />

2008.<br />

“Xito” served as <strong>the</strong> Department’s<br />

patrol/narcotics K-9 during 2008 and<br />

was partnered with Officer Willy<br />

Francis. Xito is trained in both patrol<br />

tactics and narcotics search techniques.<br />

During 2008, Xito conducted 39<br />

searches for suspected narcotics,<br />

resulting in 19 incidents wherein he<br />

recovered narcotics. He also conducted<br />

37 searches for criminal suspects who<br />

attempted to hide from police, finding<br />

<strong>the</strong>m 13 times. Xito and Officer Francis<br />

also serve <strong>the</strong> community at civic events<br />

and host demonstrations for school-age<br />

youth.<br />

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GRAFFITI ABATEMENT<br />

In July <strong>of</strong> 2007 <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department added a Community<br />

Services Officer (CSO) with a primary<br />

duty <strong>of</strong> coordinating <strong>the</strong> Department’s<br />

graffiti abatement program. This staff<br />

member seeks out graffiti in our<br />

community, documents <strong>the</strong> blight, <strong>the</strong>n<br />

he/she forwards <strong>the</strong> information to gang<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficers and detectives. This person <strong>the</strong>n<br />

coordinates <strong>the</strong> activities <strong>of</strong> volunteers<br />

who spend each Saturday removing<br />

graffiti from our <strong>City</strong>.<br />

The faith-based community has taken a<br />

lead role in <strong>the</strong> graffiti abatement<br />

program. Each weekend a different<br />

church in our community will send<br />

volunteers to work in <strong>the</strong> streets and<br />

alleys <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> to eradicate vandalism<br />

and improve <strong>the</strong> image <strong>of</strong> our<br />

community. This program had a nearly<br />

immediate impact upon gang graffiti and<br />

vandalism in our community and has<br />

contributed to several significant arrests<br />

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

VEHICLE ABATEMENT<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r Community Services Officer<br />

(CSO) is dedicated to keep <strong>Lompoc</strong> free<br />

<strong>of</strong> abandoned vehicles and o<strong>the</strong>r large<br />

hazards that clutter <strong>City</strong> streets. In 2008,<br />

CSO Alison Herson was responsible for<br />

vehicle abatement. Her responsibilities<br />

include <strong>the</strong> tagging and removal <strong>of</strong><br />

abandoned vehicles on <strong>City</strong> streets and<br />

private property. The CSO patrols<br />

streets looking for abandoned vehicles<br />

and responds to citizen <strong>report</strong>s. Each<br />

vehicle is tagged for removal. If <strong>the</strong><br />

vehicle is not moved voluntarily, or if<br />

<strong>the</strong> owner cannot be located, <strong>the</strong> vehicle<br />

is towed and <strong>the</strong> owner is issued a<br />

citation. In 2008, numerous vehicles<br />

were towed for abatement or for being<br />

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

The police department is engaged with<br />

citizens in developing strategies to<br />

enhance vehicle abatement and improve<br />

<strong>the</strong> quality <strong>of</strong> life in <strong>the</strong> neighborhoods<br />

<strong>of</strong> our community.<br />

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COMMUNITY SERVICES SECTION<br />

Supervised by Sgt. Danny Rios, <strong>the</strong> Community Services Section is<br />

comprised <strong>of</strong> two School Resource Officers, G.R.E.A.T./P.A.L. Officer,<br />

Explorer POST 700, <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department Volunteer Unit,<br />

Volunteers Citizens On Patrol (V-COPs) and Reserve Officers. The<br />

Community Services Section was developed in 1996 to enhance <strong>the</strong><br />

Department’s response to crime prevention needs within our community.<br />

The section includes one sergeant, three <strong>of</strong>ficers, 15 explorers, and<br />

approximately 35 volunteers. Sgt. Rios is also <strong>the</strong> Public Information<br />

Officer for <strong>the</strong> Department.<br />

THE LOMPOC POLICE BEAT<br />

TELEVISION PROGRAM<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Beat has been broadcast<br />

live from <strong>the</strong> Comcast/TAP studio every<br />

Thursday night since July <strong>of</strong> 1997.<br />

Officer Philip Dollman was <strong>the</strong> primary<br />

host <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> program in 2008, which aired<br />

live for sixty minutes each week.<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Beat is produced entirely<br />

with volunteer assistance under <strong>the</strong><br />

direction <strong>of</strong> Community Service<br />

Volunteer Brad Damschroder. The<br />

program provides valuable crime<br />

prevention information, features<br />

“<strong>Lompoc</strong>’s Most Wanted,” and<br />

disseminates important community<br />

information from various law<br />

enforcement agencies and community<br />

service organizations throughout <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley. The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Beat program received <strong>the</strong> coveted<br />

Helen Putnam Award presented by <strong>the</strong><br />

League <strong>of</strong> California Cities in December<br />

<strong>of</strong> 2001, and was recognized by<br />

California Police Chiefs Association as a<br />

recognized “best practice” in law<br />

enforcement.<br />

LOMPOC POLICE<br />

VOLUNTEERS<br />

Community Service Volunteers continue<br />

to be critical to <strong>the</strong> operations <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department. In 2008,<br />

our volunteers donated over 3,000 hours<br />

<strong>of</strong> service to our community. There is<br />

not a single unit <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department that<br />

has not benefited from <strong>the</strong> assistance<br />

provided by <strong>the</strong>se valuable individuals.<br />

Volunteer enrollment was approximately<br />

35 volunteers during 2008. Volunteers<br />

perform functions such as bicycle<br />

licensing, property inventory, clerical<br />

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

preservation, searches for missing<br />

children, traffic control, security checks<br />

<strong>of</strong> vacationing residents’ homes, and<br />

assistance at civic functions like <strong>the</strong><br />

Spring Arts Festival, Flower Festival and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Annual Christmas Parade.<br />

VOLUNTEER CITIZENS ON<br />

PATROL<br />

The Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (V-<br />

COPS) are a specialized group <strong>of</strong><br />

Community Service Volunteers who<br />

receive additional training and<br />

equipment to allow <strong>the</strong>m to provide<br />

security patrol in <strong>Lompoc</strong> while driving<br />

marked police vehicles. The V-COPS<br />

conduct business security and vacation<br />

security checks, assist patrol <strong>of</strong>ficers<br />

with traffic control, monitor<br />

handicapped parking violations, and<br />

provide assistance as needed to citizens.<br />

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GANG RESISTANCE<br />

EDUCATION AND TRAINING<br />

In 2008 <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department<br />

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

and Training (GREAT) curriculum in local<br />

schools. Replacing Drug Abuse<br />

Resistance Education (DARE), <strong>the</strong><br />

GREAT program teaches students to resist<br />

illegal drugs, as well as avoiding pressure<br />

to join criminal street gangs. Officer<br />

Philip Dollman has received specialized<br />

training in presenting <strong>the</strong> GREAT<br />

program, and is <strong>the</strong> instructor, teaching 5 th<br />

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

CITIZEN ON PATROL<br />

PROGRAM<br />

30 th Security Forces Squadron, and<br />

Allan Hancock College Campus Police.<br />

During 2008 Officer Philip Dollman<br />

coordinated after school programs,<br />

mentoring, and special activities for <strong>the</strong><br />

youth <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley.<br />

In April 2008, PAL hosted an amateur<br />

boxing tournament. There were<br />

approximately 300 in attendance at this<br />

event that raised $3,000 in donations.<br />

PAL currently has one female boxer<br />

competing in January 2009 for <strong>the</strong><br />

Regional Silver Gloves in Norwalk.<br />

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

provided <strong>the</strong> opportunity for citizens to<br />

“ride-along” with <strong>of</strong>ficers on patrol for<br />

over thirty years. Applicants are<br />

screened to ride one shift per year with<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficers to experience <strong>Lompoc</strong> from a<br />

squad car. This program has been<br />

beneficial in promoting understanding<br />

and providing valuable experience for<br />

persons interested in <strong>the</strong> law<br />

enforcement field.<br />

LOMPOC VALLEY<br />

POLICE ACTIVITIES<br />

LEAGUE<br />

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

<strong>the</strong> host agency for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Valley<br />

Police Activities League, which is a<br />

cooperative non-pr<strong>of</strong>it organization<br />

formed by <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department, Santa Barbara County<br />

Sheriff’s Department, Santa Barbara<br />

County Probation Department,<br />

California Highway Patrol, United States<br />

Penitentiary, Federal Corrections<br />

Institution, Vandenberg Air Force Base<br />

In September PAL hosted <strong>the</strong> NFL Pepsi<br />

Punt, Pass and Kick contest. A local<br />

program started by <strong>the</strong> NFL, gives an<br />

opportunity for youth to compete and<br />

advance to a NFL game, and possibly a<br />

play<strong>of</strong>f game. 30 boys and 6 girls<br />

participated in <strong>the</strong> event. Royce<br />

Lizarraga advanced to <strong>the</strong> sectional<br />

competition in Fresno and placed third.<br />

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Explorers meet bi-weekly to learn law<br />

enforcement principles. In 2008, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

assisted with security and traffic control<br />

for high school football games, <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> and Santa Maria Holiday<br />

Parades, <strong>the</strong> Special Olympics Car<br />

Show, Flower Festival, Spring Arts<br />

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

Also this year <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Explorers<br />

participated in <strong>the</strong> Paso Robles Explorer<br />

Competition. This event is a three day<br />

camp where Police Explorers from <strong>the</strong><br />

Western United States come toge<strong>the</strong>r to<br />

compete in Law Enforcement related<br />

tasks such as a timed obstacle course,<br />

shooting, investigative scenarios and<br />

more.<br />

A Pinewood derby was held in<br />

November and was a great success.<br />

There were 40 cars entered by <strong>the</strong> local<br />

youth. The Pinewood Derby gives an<br />

opportunity for families and youth to<br />

work toge<strong>the</strong>r to build and paint <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

own cars and race <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

The Police Activities League continues<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ir effort to provide a wholesome<br />

environment for <strong>the</strong> youth <strong>of</strong> our<br />

community and create opportunities for<br />

kids to interact with local <strong>of</strong>ficers in a<br />

positive way.<br />

EXPLORER POST 700<br />

Several full-time employees began <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

law enforcement experience as Explorer<br />

Scouts. <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Explorer Post<br />

#700 is an affiliate <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Boy Scouts <strong>of</strong><br />

America. The primary advisors for <strong>the</strong><br />

Explorers in 2008 were Detective Suzie<br />

Aanerud, Officer Jason Flint and Officer<br />

David Lamar.<br />

The Explorers competed in <strong>the</strong> National<br />

Law Enforcement Explorer Competition<br />

held in Colorado Springs, CO and were<br />

in <strong>the</strong> top 10% in <strong>the</strong> nation for Hostage<br />

Negotiations. The Explorers conducted<br />

color guard details for numerous city<br />

functions to include two opening<br />

ceremonies for <strong>the</strong> Vandenberg Youth<br />

Football league at <strong>Lompoc</strong> High School<br />

(LHS). The Explorers also presented a<br />

color guard detail at LHS for <strong>the</strong><br />

multicultural festival.<br />

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT<br />

Sergeant Edward Lardner is responsible<br />

for coordinating traffic enforcement for<br />

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

authored several grants provided by <strong>the</strong><br />

California Office <strong>of</strong> Traffic Safety.<br />

Sergeant Lardner has been successful in<br />

obtaining State funding <strong>of</strong> overtime for<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficers to conduct DUI checkpoints,<br />

saturation patrols and seatbelt<br />

compliance campaigns.<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 2008, Officer Leo<br />

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

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

grants provide funding for traditional<br />

enforcement efforts, DUI checkpoints<br />

and seatbelt enforcement.<br />

A third grant allows for a more<br />

comprehensive enforcement strategy, to<br />

include saturation patrols; court stings<br />

targeting drivers leaving court after<br />

having <strong>the</strong>ir license revoked/suspended;<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>r innovative enforcement<br />

practices.<br />

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

participates in <strong>the</strong> “Avoid <strong>the</strong> Twelve”<br />

DUI grant administered by <strong>the</strong> Santa<br />

Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.<br />

In 2008, <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department<br />

investigated 425 traffic accidents that<br />

occurred in <strong>the</strong> city limits. See <strong>the</strong> chart<br />

on <strong>the</strong> next page for statistical<br />

information.<br />

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The following table is a summary <strong>of</strong> traffic related statistics for 2008:<br />

Total Traffic Collisions Investigated* 425<br />

Fatal and Injury Traffic Collisions 2/122<br />

Unlicensed & Suspended Drivers Arrested 376<br />

Drunk Driving Arrests 293<br />

Traffic Citations Issued 3157<br />

Parking Citations Issued 1345<br />

Stolen Vehicles 48<br />

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

private 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><br />

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

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

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

.<br />

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SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION<br />

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

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

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

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

Commander he oversees <strong>the</strong> Investigations Section, GNET (Gang-<br />

Narcotics Enforcement Team), Dispatch/Jail Section and<br />

Records/Property Section.<br />

INVESTIGATIONS<br />

SECTION<br />

investigation <strong>of</strong> high tech computer<br />

crimes.<br />

The Department also joined <strong>the</strong> FBI and<br />

ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children)<br />

Task Force in 2008.<br />

Agent Milt Baldwin is assigned to <strong>the</strong><br />

section to investigate major crimes such as<br />

homicide, robbery, and major fraud.<br />

Sergeant Charles “Chuck” Strange<br />

supervises <strong>the</strong> Investigations Section<br />

which consists <strong>of</strong> one sergeant, one<br />

agent, three full-time investigators, one<br />

part-time investigator dedicated to<br />

monitoring sex registrants, and one<br />

domestic violence/crimes against women<br />

victim advocate. Karen Niemi is <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong>fice staff assistant assigned to <strong>the</strong><br />

Investigations Section.<br />

The investigations section expanded its<br />

computer forensics capabilities in 2008.<br />

Agent Baldwin and Detective Xiong<br />

received over six weeks <strong>of</strong> training in <strong>the</strong><br />

The crimes against women detective, as<br />

well as a non-sworn victim advocate<br />

assigned to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department by North County Rape Crisis<br />

and Child Protection Center, are funded by<br />

a federal grant. Ano<strong>the</strong>r detective is<br />

assigned to investigate all serious crime<br />

committed by and/or against juveniles.<br />

This challenging job addresses crimes like<br />

child abuse, neglect, and molestation.<br />

A third detective is assigned a general<br />

caseload, investigating property crime and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r miscellaneous cases. The<br />

Investigations Section also employs a parttime<br />

investigator/detective who is tasked<br />

with monitoring <strong>the</strong> activities <strong>of</strong> persons<br />

residing in our community who are<br />

required to register as sex <strong>of</strong>fenders.<br />

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The following table depicts <strong>the</strong> activities <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Investigations Unit for 2008:<br />

Investigations Unit Statistics<br />

INVESTIGATIONS CASE MANAGEMENT 2007 2008<br />

Cases Assigned During Year 1235 1104<br />

Total Cases for Investigation 1551 1510<br />

Cases Cleared 788 874<br />

Cases Suspended 102 129<br />

Cases Forwarded 550 551<br />

Card Cases 1044 824<br />

Search Warrants Served 41 56<br />

Juvenile Petitions 674 628<br />

Cases Resulting in Misdemeanor Arrest 116 68<br />

Cases Resulting in Felony Arrest 141 115<br />

Cases Requesting D.A. Complaint 313 401<br />

CASE CLEARANCE RATE 50.8% 57.9%<br />

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

The Gang-Narcotics Enforcement Team,<br />

(GNET) supervised by Sergeant Lane<br />

Middleton, focuses its enforcement<br />

efforts on local gangsters, street dealers<br />

and drug users. The Team consists <strong>of</strong> a<br />

police sergeant, a police agent and three<br />

detectives. GNET provides uniformed<br />

high visibility gang enforcement as well<br />

as covert narcotics investigations.<br />

NARCOTICS ENFORCMENT<br />

The <strong>Lompoc</strong> Gang-Narcotics<br />

Enforcement Team (GNET) served 22<br />

search warrants, made 45 felony arrests,<br />

and 29 misdemeanor arrests during 2008.<br />

GNET seized approximately $140,451 <strong>of</strong><br />

suspected illegal drugs. GNET also<br />

seized approximately $38,358.11 as<br />

suspected proceeds <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> sale <strong>of</strong> illegal<br />

drugs in 2008.<br />

GANG ENFORCEMENT<br />

GNET continues to aggressively<br />

investigate gang related crimes and hold<br />

gang members accountable for <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

illegal actions. GNET <strong>of</strong>ficers served 5<br />

gang related search warrants. In addition<br />

to <strong>the</strong> efforts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department’s<br />

GNET, <strong>the</strong> Department applied for and<br />

received an Anti-Gang Initiative Grant<br />

from <strong>the</strong> Federal government which took<br />

effect in October <strong>of</strong> 2007. This one<br />

year, $63,672 grant, has enabled <strong>the</strong><br />

department to deploy additional <strong>of</strong>ficers<br />

to specific-focused gang enforcement in<br />

2008.<br />

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Gang-Narcotics Enforcement Team Narcotics Statistics<br />

Search Warrants Served 22<br />

Felony Narcotics Arrests 45<br />

Misdemeanor Narcotics Arrests 29<br />

Drugs Seized<br />

Street Value<br />

Methamphetamine 537 grams $ 53,700<br />

Cocaine 326 grams $ 32,600<br />

Marijuana<br />

1363 grams<br />

(plus an additional 19 plants)<br />

$ 30,400<br />

Heroin 14 grams $ 2,880<br />

Total Drugs Seized 2240 grams $ 119,580<br />

SANTA BARBARA<br />

REGIONAL NARCOTICS<br />

ENFORCEMENT TEAM<br />

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

sponsors one investigator position on <strong>the</strong><br />

Santa Barbara Regional Narcotics<br />

Enforcement Team (SBRNET).<br />

SBRNET is a team composed <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficers<br />

from <strong>the</strong> various law enforcement<br />

agencies across Santa Barbara County<br />

and <strong>the</strong> California Bureau <strong>of</strong> Narcotics<br />

Enforcement. Their mission is to target<br />

high pr<strong>of</strong>ile narcotics traffickers and<br />

interdict narcotics headed into Santa<br />

Barbara County. The vigilance and<br />

investigative skill <strong>of</strong> SBRNET members<br />

resulted in <strong>the</strong> seizure <strong>of</strong> significant<br />

quantities <strong>of</strong> illegal narcotics destined for<br />

Santa Barbara County.<br />

The Santa Barbara Regional Narcotics<br />

Enforcement Team worked a total <strong>of</strong> 546<br />

hours in <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> over <strong>the</strong><br />

course <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year. SBRNET seized<br />

three (3) weapons, over 30 pounds <strong>of</strong><br />

illicit drugs and nearly $13,000 in<br />

narcotics related assets Countywide<br />

during 2008.<br />

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

Gang Statistics<br />

LPD Gang Activity<br />

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008<br />

Gang Related Arrests 384 470 484 472 493 462<br />

Average Gang<br />

Member Age<br />

21.7 21.3 21.8 22.1 22.8 24.37<br />

Graffiti Cases 85 213 223 329 569 320<br />

600<br />

500<br />

400<br />

300<br />

200<br />

100<br />

0<br />

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008<br />

Gang Arrests<br />

Graffiti Cases<br />

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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 $250 booking fee per prisoner.<br />

During 2008 <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department accepted arrested<br />

persons from <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong>, Solvang and Buellton substations <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Santa Barbara County<br />

Sheriff’s Department. The County pays an established booking fee to <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

to defray <strong>the</strong> expenses incurred with <strong>the</strong>se 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> 2,416 bookings <strong>of</strong> prisoners occurred during 2008. These bookings<br />

included 2,057 bookings by <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Officers, and 359 contract bookings from<br />

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

below:<br />

LOMPOC POLICE BOOKINGS<br />

ADULTS 2007 2008 % Change<br />

Male 1503 1387 -8<br />

Female 430 403 -6<br />

Total Adults 1933 1790 -6<br />

JUVENILES<br />

Male 228 175 -23<br />

Female 92 92 0<br />

Total Juveniles 320 267 -17<br />

OTHER DEPARTMENT BOOKINGS (Adult Only)<br />

Male 58 292 +403<br />

Female 10 67 +570<br />

Total Contract Bookings 68 359 +428<br />

Total Bookings 2321 2416 +4<br />

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COMMUNICATIONS UNIT<br />

The Public Safety Communications<br />

center has significant interaction with<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong> citizens, yet is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> least<br />

visible units within <strong>the</strong> <strong>City</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong>.<br />

It is this quiet type <strong>of</strong> dedicated<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essionalism that allows our<br />

department to both support Police and<br />

Fire operations as well as individually<br />

assist citizens when <strong>the</strong>y need us <strong>the</strong><br />

most.<br />

The Communications Unit dispatchers<br />

receive incoming calls for police, fire,<br />

and ambulance services within <strong>Lompoc</strong>.<br />

They also receive after-hour calls for <strong>the</strong><br />

Street Department, Water Department,<br />

Electric Department, Solid Waste<br />

Department, and <strong>the</strong> Urban Forestry<br />

Department. Dispatchers receive calls<br />

over four 911 lines, and eight business<br />

lines. The dispatch center operates three<br />

police radio frequencies, and three fire<br />

frequencies as well as monitoring<br />

several frequencies belonging to <strong>the</strong><br />

California Highway Patrol, <strong>the</strong> Santa<br />

Barbara Sheriff’s Department, <strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

<strong>City</strong> Utility departments and <strong>the</strong> Jailers’<br />

emergency alarm. They dispatch all<br />

Police units, 2 Fire stations, Ambulance,<br />

Animal control, and emergency after<br />

hours <strong>City</strong> Utilities, including Electric,<br />

Streets, Water, Solid Waste, and Parks<br />

and Recreation.<br />

The Communications Unit is <strong>the</strong> nerve<br />

center <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department. The<br />

Dispatchers are <strong>the</strong> link between <strong>the</strong><br />

public and needed emergency services.<br />

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The following table depicts <strong>the</strong> volume <strong>of</strong> telephone calls and information requests<br />

received during 2008.<br />

JANUARY 1, 2008 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2008<br />

911 AND ADMINISTRATIVE CALLS TO THE<br />

LOMPOC POLICE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER<br />

MONTH 911<br />

CALLS<br />

ADMIN.<br />

CALLS<br />

*TOTAL<br />

CALLS<br />

JANUARY 432 2,544 2,976<br />

FEBRUARY 665 3,680 4,345<br />

MARCH 659 3,915 4,574<br />

APRIL 652 3,810 4,462<br />

MAY 730 4,101 4,831<br />

JUNE 736 4,426 5,162<br />

JULY 805 4,331 5,136<br />

AUGUST 944 3,880 4,824<br />

SEPTEMBER 862 3,776 4,638<br />

OCTOBER 914 4,024 4,938<br />

NOVEMBER 911 3,902 4,813<br />

DECEMBER 830 4,000 4,830<br />

2008 TOTAL 9,140 46,389 55,529<br />

5000<br />

4500<br />

4000<br />

3500<br />

3000<br />

2500<br />

2000<br />

1500<br />

1000<br />

500<br />

0<br />

JANUARY<br />

FEBRUARY<br />

MARCH<br />

APRIL<br />

MAY<br />

JUNE<br />

JULY<br />

AUGUST<br />

SEPTEMBER<br />

OCTOBER<br />

NOVEMBER<br />

DECEMBER<br />

911 Admin<br />

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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<br />

management tasks <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department.<br />

These employees prepare and maintain<br />

<strong>the</strong> police records associated with calls<br />

for service and criminal investigations.<br />

They make certain that <strong>the</strong> Santa<br />

Barbara County District Attorney’s<br />

Office and <strong>the</strong> courts receive <strong>the</strong>se<br />

documents for review. Documents<br />

prepared, processed and maintained by<br />

<strong>the</strong> Records Unit include traffic accident<br />

<strong>report</strong>s, citations, booking records,<br />

police <strong>report</strong>s and many o<strong>the</strong>r types <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong>ficial records. Records personnel<br />

processed 12,400 police <strong>report</strong>s during<br />

2008. Two part-time Community<br />

Services Officers staff <strong>the</strong> front counter<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Police Department. They receive<br />

parking fines, provide police <strong>report</strong>s,<br />

manage inquiries and generally help<br />

citizens who walk into <strong>the</strong> Department<br />

for various reasons. They must be well<br />

versed in all areas <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Department in<br />

order to handle <strong>the</strong> wide variety <strong>of</strong><br />

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

PROPERTY UNIT<br />

Community Services Officers Ed York<br />

and Sandi Bailey were <strong>the</strong> designated<br />

Property Officers for <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police<br />

Department in 2008. They manage<br />

thousands <strong>of</strong> pieces <strong>of</strong> evidence/property<br />

every year. It is <strong>the</strong>ir responsibility to<br />

receive items <strong>of</strong> evidence, recovered and<br />

found property, and maintains <strong>the</strong>m in a<br />

legal manner for presentation in court.<br />

Once <strong>the</strong> court has made a disposition on<br />

a piece <strong>of</strong> property <strong>the</strong> property <strong>of</strong>ficer<br />

returns it to <strong>the</strong> rightful owner or<br />

destroys <strong>the</strong> item as per court order.<br />

They are also called upon to work at <strong>the</strong><br />

front desk and oversee <strong>the</strong> bicycle<br />

licensing/recovery program. CSO York<br />

and Bailey manage to accomplish <strong>the</strong>se<br />

tasks with <strong>the</strong> assistance <strong>of</strong> Community<br />

Service Volunteers Tom Johnson<br />

(Property Room Assistant) and Warren<br />

Arnold (Bicycle Program).<br />

Property Unit Statistics<br />

Total Number Items Booked in 2008 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> $5,072.08<br />

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

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CITY OF LOMPOC<br />

2008 CRIME STATISTICS<br />

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

2,200<br />

2,000<br />

1,800<br />

1,600<br />

1,400<br />

2,076<br />

1,803<br />

1,951<br />

1,712<br />

1,628<br />

2,114<br />

1,869 1,857<br />

1,616<br />

1,440<br />

1,200<br />

1,000<br />

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008<br />

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LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT<br />

FELONY CRIMES<br />

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008<br />

Homicide 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 3 3 1 1.4<br />

Rape 19 13 18 23 24 16 13 18 21 18 18.3<br />

Robbery 49 31 27 33 44 41 39 42 28 28 36.2<br />

Aggravated<br />

Assault<br />

117 97 113 115 157 176 167 172 219 232 156.5<br />

Burglary 295 248 292 211 226 244 155 189 178 181 221.9<br />

Grand Theft 164 147 165 205 153 234 221 207 155 176 182.7<br />

Vehicle Theft 49 51 80 81 74 105 88 75 56 49 70.8<br />

Arson 24 35 16 14 28 20 13 5 4 9 16.8<br />

Sub-Total 718 624 714 682 706 836 697 711 664 694 704.6<br />

MISDEMEANOR CRIMES<br />

Assault 364 386 351 325 400 468 453 574 483 345 414.9<br />

Petty<br />

Larceny<br />

994 793 886 705 522 810 719 572 469 401 687.1<br />

TOTAL 2,076 1,803 1,951 1,712 1,628 2,114 1,869 1,857 1,616 1,440 1,806.6<br />

10 Yr<br />

Avg.<br />

Part 1 Crimes; 1999 through 2008<br />

Felony Crimes<br />

350<br />

300<br />

250<br />

200<br />

150<br />

100<br />

50<br />

0<br />

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008<br />

Robbery Aggravated Assault Burglary<br />

Grand Theft<br />

Vehicle Theft<br />

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PART 1 CRIMES PER 1,000 POPULATION 1999 THROUGH 2008<br />

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

2008 39,242 1440 36.69 -9.8<br />

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

population.<br />

Part 1 Crime Rate per 1,000 Population<br />

60<br />

55<br />

50<br />

45<br />

40<br />

35<br />

30<br />

25<br />

20<br />

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008<br />

Series1<br />

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CALIFORNIA CRIME INDEX<br />

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

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

Period 1999 through 2008<br />

Year<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 />

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 1598 18.63 1,219 13.66<br />

2008 509 11.85 1646 18.07 1095 12.12<br />

California Crime Index<br />

20<br />

18<br />

18.07<br />

16<br />

<strong>Lompoc</strong><br />

14<br />

12<br />

11.85<br />

12.12<br />

Santa Maria<br />

Santa Barbara<br />

10<br />

8<br />

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

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Violent Crime Index*<br />

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

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

1999 186 4.73 317 4.41 524 5.72<br />

2000 148 3.60 312 4.41 470 5.35<br />

2001 161 4.1 333 4.16 539 5.73<br />

2002 171 4.4 376 4.59 533 5.87<br />

2003 225 5.70 368 4.31 531 5.87<br />

2004 233 5.91 478 5.28 579 6.37<br />

2005 220 5.67 604 6.8 509 5.68<br />

2006 235 6.06 741 8.21 462 5.16<br />

2007 271 6.82 604 704 458 5.13<br />

2008 279 7.11 623 6.84 493 5.45<br />

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

(Raw Violent Crime Rate is 6.49)<br />

9<br />

8<br />

7<br />

6<br />

5<br />

4<br />

3<br />

2<br />

1<br />

0<br />

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008<br />

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

*Homicide, Rape, Robbery, and Aggravated Assault per 1,000 population<br />

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LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTS<br />

ALL LOMPOC POLICE DEPARTMENT ARRESTS<br />

Year Felony Misdemeanor Total Arrests % change<br />

1999 510 1,562 2,072 +3.08<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 />

2008 683 1,731 2,414 -4.2<br />

NARCOTICS ARRESTS<br />

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

1999 251 155 406 19.59 +24.54<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 />

2008 107 141 248 10.3 -26.2<br />

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARRESTS<br />

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

1999 90 77 167 8.1 -6.70<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<br />

2008 51 49 100 4.14 -10.7<br />

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

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

2008<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 42,957<br />

Population per Square Mile 3,681<br />

Officers Per 1,000 Population 1.19<br />

Police Department Budget (Including Jail Services) $8,669,462<br />

Cost Per Square Mile $742,884<br />

Cost Per Capita $201<br />

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$400<br />

$350<br />

$362<br />

2008 Policing Costs Per Capita By <strong>City</strong><br />

$300<br />

$280<br />

$250<br />

$200<br />

$249<br />

$224<br />

$201<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> 42,957 51 1.19<br />

Average 74,041 107 1.48<br />

Thank you for your interest in <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department. We <strong>of</strong>fer many<br />

opportunities for residents to be actively involved in <strong>the</strong> services we deliver. These<br />

programs include:<br />

Citizen’s Academy Police Activities League Crime Free Multi Housing<br />

Graffiti Abatement Explorer Post 700 Neighborhood Watch<br />

Junior Police Camp Volunteer Program <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Foundation<br />

Volunteer Citizens on Patrol<br />

If you have an interest in any <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se programs please contact Sergeant Danny Rios at<br />

736-2341 or through <strong>the</strong> Department website at www.lompocpd.com.<br />

It is our hope that this <strong>report</strong> has portrayed <strong>the</strong> dedication and commitment <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> men<br />

and women who serve our city through <strong>the</strong> <strong>Lompoc</strong> Police Department, “Where Service<br />

is Tradition.”<br />

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