California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 20

Citrus Heights says Sayonara to Crime Troubled neighborhood sees crime drop by 78 percent For years, the Sayonara Drive neighborhood in Citrus Heights lived up to its Japanese namesake: Goodbye. Residents seemed to have given up on the threeblock, multi-family housing area in the city of 88,000 in Sacramento County as open-air drug markets, shootings, felony assaults, and gang activity sadly became routine. Many tenants took advantage of absentee landlords by discarding garbage or old furniture and appliances on the street, and neglecting landscaping. Cops would swoop in regularly to make arrests with targeted law enforcement sweeps, but the crackdowns often would leave many residents feeling mistrustful and afraid to communicate with officers and report crime. In a dramatic turnaround since Chief of Police Christopher Boyd came aboard with the creation of Citrus Heights’ own police department in 2006, the Sayonara Drive neighborhood has undergone a remarkable transformation, with a new Children and Youth Center and new park, and a stunning 78 percent overall decrease in calls for service from 2007 through 2011. For its efforts, the Citrus Heights PD was named the 2013 recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing. The award is presented annually by the California chapter of the Regional Community Policing Institute and is sponsored by the American Military University and the state Attorney General’s Office. A strong philosophy of community and problemoriented-policing is at the heart of Sayonara Drive’s dramatic turnaround, Boyd says. “I believe a partnership with the community is vital to sustained efforts in law enforcement and qualityof-life issues within neighborhoods,” Boyd says. “And this philosophy has greatly assisted in paving the way for success on Sayonara Drive.” Division Lt. Gina Anderson, unit superviso ?M?????)5????????????????????=??????M???????????)?????????? ??() ????? ???????? ???((??()?() ??????Q??? ????()Q???????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????()M?????e???????? ???????e? ????? ?????1???) ?????????? ???????M?????????????????)??????????) ?????!??????????????????????????????????) ??????????????????????????????????????)????????????M???????? ?????M??????e?)??????????????????????????????????????)M??????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????)=??????????????????????????M????) ???????????e???? ???????????????????)????????????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????M????????)??? ????? ????????? ?????!??????A?)Q???????????????????????????M????????) ???????????A??????=??????A???????)U?????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????Q?????????????????????)?????????????????????????????)M????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????)A????????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????????????()????????????????????????????????????????????)????M??????????????????????????????????)=????????????????????????)Q????????? ?????!??????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????) ???????????e???? ????????????????????????(????)Q?????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????????)??????????????e???????????????????????????????)????????) ???????????????????M???????????)??????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????+?qQ????????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????t? ?????+?q???????????????????????????M????????)????????????????????????????????????)??????????????t??????????qY??????????????)?????????????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????t???()M?????????()?((??((0