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Mayor George Ray: Law Enforcement is a Priority in Cerritos

 


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Cerritos Mayor George Ray

By Cerritos Mayor George Ray

The safety of Cerritos residents is a top priority of the City of Cerritos. The community’s safe and welcoming environment is the result of the collaborative efforts of Cerritos residents, business partners, the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Center and the City.

For the current fiscal year, the City has budgeted more than $14 million for the ongoing priority of law enforcement and safety services. The City contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station for an outstanding level of police services. Fifty-nine sworn Sheriff’s deputies, 16 professional staff and five reserve deputies provide law enforcement services for the City. Community Safety services are also provided by City staff. Seven full-time and 42 part-time Community Safety employees provide code enforcement, parking control and crossing guard services.

Cerritos has a long history of providing innovative law enforcement programs that enhance the quality, accessibility and availability of services to both residents and visitors. Cerritos was the first contract city to pioneer the local community station concept, which was a departure from the Sheriff’s regional station model. The Cerritos station was the first to host a local/regional fingerprint identification unit; a strategy that ensures recovered fingerprints are processed within 48 hours. Our station also was one of the first to incorporate the Mobile Digital Computer system for patrol cars, an innovation that increased response times. Additionally, the cities of Cerritos and Lakewood remain stewards of the world’s first helicopter patrol program known as Sky Knight.

Cerritos has always understood that a quality policing operation must be supplemented by community involvement to achieve the most effective crime prevention efforts. This involvement involves four crucial components. First, the City has adopted a comprehensive, long-term crime prevention approach through the ongoing development of outstanding youth-oriented programs. From tot lots to a myriad of sports leagues, youth-oriented self-enrichment classes, our three large parks and our smaller neighborhood parks, the City offers a remarkable array of year-round recreational programs for the youth of Cerritos. Many excellent enrichment programs and classes for youths are also offered at the Cerritos Library.

A second critical component in our crime reduction strategy is community partnerships. In a suburban city of nine square miles with about 15,000 homes and 200 miles of streets, deputies must be supported by community involvement for effective crime deterrence. The Sheriff’s Department informs our residents about trends in neighborhood crime through an active Neighborhood Watch Program. While our patrol deputies can respond rapidly to trouble, thousands of informed and involved residents can be much more effective in preventing crime from occurring in the first place. In addition, the Neighborhood Watch volunteers are supported by the Volunteers on Patrol program, which gives our Sheriff’s deputies extra “eyes and ears” in our neighborhoods.

A third component of our law enforcement program is the support of the Sheriff’s Department, which responds to crimes that have occurred and prevents additional crime from occurring. Sheriff’s command officers and supervisors, special assignment officers and detectives meet weekly to scrutinize crime maps and statistics. Spikes or clusters of crime are analyzed in order to detect patterns or trends and to develop reduction strategies.

The final component consists of soliciting input from the City’s Community Safety Committee members and from the public during regularly scheduled Towne Hall meetings.

Throughout the years, it has been well established that crime is a result of numerous social factors, and there appears to be no single approach or strategy to preventing crime. However, a commitment to our youth, the support of our residents in preventing neighborhood crime, and an efficient response to emerging crime problems are all critical components that can minimize crime. Through these efforts, we can achieve the safest Cerritos possible and continue to provide a secure living environment for our families.

If you aren’t already a member of Neighborhood Watch, please join and help make Cerritos even safer. For information, call the City’s Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266. The Cerritos Sheriff’s Station is also seeking Volunteers on Patrol (VOPs). VOPs patrol the City in distinctly marked vehicles and assist with crime suppression, traffic control, vacation checks, special events and park security checks. They also train as first responders in the event of a major emergency or disaster. For information on becoming a VOP, contact the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station at (562) 860-0044.

Residents may also join the Virtual Block Club (VBC) to receive immediate BOLOs (Be on the Lookout) when appropriate, weekly crime summaries and maps, regular crime prevention tips, emergency preparedness training and homeland security training. To join the Virtual Block Club, please visit safercerritos.com and fill out and submit the on-line form. If you would like to learn more about crime in your neighborhood or receive customized crime alerts, please visit crimemapping.com.

For safety tips, I encourage you to visit the Safer Cerritos website located at safercerritos.com. The website offers links to crime prevention tips and videos, emergency preparedness information, vacation security check request forms and information about how you can become more involved in supporting public safety efforts.

I encourage Cerritos residents to contact me at City Hall at (562) 860-0311 or to send me an e-mail through the City’s website at cerritos.us and share your suggestions, concerns and questions. I am pleased to talk with Cerritos residents and work with you toward the betterment of our community.

 

 

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Here we go again

Mayor Ray, Your article, like most coming from the city, is misleading and empty. You mention, “Cerritos station was the first to host a local/regional fingerprint identification unit; a strategy that ensures recovered fingerprints are processed within 48 hours.” However, you don’t mention that there is so much crime in the city that we are paying a third party thousands every year to process finger prints because there is a backlog. You write that, “the City has budgeted more than $14 million for the ongoing priority of law enforcement and safety services.” You neglect to mention that that $14 million… Read more »

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Cerritos Sheriff never arrested Councilman Bruce Barrows——– Jay Gray; Cerritos resident Jay Gray was involved in a incident with Cerritos Mayor Pro-Tem Bruce Barrows on Monday night. By Brian Hews Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Barrows was involved in an incident Monday night that could land the veteran city councilman in legal hot water after he allegedly physically assaulted resident Jay Gray. Gray, who is on Tuesday’s ballot for a seat on the Central Basin Water Board of Directors told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in an exclusive interview Tuesday morning that Barrows “grabbed me” and “threw him” and “yanked at… Read more »

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Cerritos Sheriff Judgment

Sheriff’s Dept. Loses $23-Million Appeal Court: Appellate judges uphold award for incident in which deputies were accused of brutalizing party-goers. A state appellate court Tuesday upheld a $23-million judgment against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for a 1989 incident in Cerritos in which a group of deputies was accused of brutalizing 36 party-goers attending a bridal shower at the home of a Samoan American family. A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeal, 2nd District, unanimously upheld the 1995 award, reportedly the largest against a U.S. law enforcement agency. “We are very, very happy and relieved that the… Read more »

Here we go again
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Here we go again

Mayor Ray, Your article, like most coming from the city, is misleading and empty. You mention, “Cerritos station was the first to host a local/regional fingerprint identification unit; a strategy that ensures recovered fingerprints are processed within 48 hours.” However, you don’t mention that there is so much crime in the city that we are paying a third party thousands every year to process finger prints because there is a backlog. You write that, “the City has budgeted more than $14 million for the ongoing priority of law enforcement and safety services.” You neglect to mention that that $14 million… Read more »

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Will Cerritos be sued for violating the Communications Decency Act and the First Amendment? Seems like all 5 CCC passed ordinance to ban monthly rentals, now city will be sued. Seems like Cerritos policing has overstep its bounds again? Airbnb sues Anaheim over short-term rental ban An Airbnb host shows the view of the Airbnb mobile app. , ANAHEIM – Airbnb retaliated with a lawsuit against Anaheim Thursday less than a month after the City Council banned short-term rentals and said home-sharing web sites would be fined for illegal listings. Airbnb’s suit says the city is violating the Communications Decency… Read more »

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CERRITOS- SURE THIS IS DUPLICATED IN THIS CITY TOO: Class-action suit filed against Long Beach over stings targeting gay men Rory Moroney is now the lead plaintiff in a federal class-action lawsuit brought against the city of Long Beach over allegations that the Police Department unfairly targeted gay men during lewd conduct stings. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) James Queally James QueallyContact Reporter The attorney who successfully argued that the Long Beach Police Department unfairly targeted gay men when conducting lewd conduct stings earlier this year has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the city, claiming hundreds of other… Read more »

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Mr. George Ray: Where is the transparency, why isnt the sheriffs Community Safety Committee, not being televised, compared to the other commission hearings. Mr. Ray, why isnt the city advertising in both Newspapers, why only the republican newspaper, which was cited for filing wrongful criminal actions against the teacher? Mr . Ray, you seem like you favor the orthodox ways of old Republican club, very selective in its discipline. Why not have email contacts to all of the commissioners, council and committee members, so the 50,000 residents in this city, can be direct contact with each elected person? Community Safety… Read more »