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Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:10 am, Wed Oct 17, 2012.

I wanted to take a few moments to reintroduce myself and give everyone an update on the Lodi Police Department's recent efforts in combating the gang violence that has affected our city over the last year.

I was recently assigned as the supervisor to our Special Investigations Unit, which focuses on gang, narcotics and vice crimes. I was fortunate to work in this unit for five years as a detective in the early 2000s, and I am excited to be a part of the unit again.

As many of you have noticed, the gang crime in our city was starting to affect more than just the traditional hang-outs of gang members, such as Hale Park. As recently as last month, there was a gang-related stabbing at the Grape Festival, and three juveniles were arrested as a result.

So what has the police department been doing?

Through coordinated efforts with juvenile probation, outside law enforcement agencies and community partners, we have identified a number of areas for our enforcement and prevention efforts. In addition, the city was awarded a CalGRIP grant for calendar years 2012-13. This grant has allowed us to increase our suppression efforts and to focus on prevention and intervention techniques.

Our school resource officers continue to teach the Gang Resistance and Education Training program at LUSD middle schools in an effort to teach good decision-making and deter youths from joining gangs.

The Special Investigations Unit, patrol officers and a newly formed uniformed gang officer unit have increased their suppression efforts using a variety of methods that we can't share here, because gang members may be reading. We have also partnered with several community-based organizations that specialize in family and individual counseling, and education initiatives such as "Project Learn."

Two youth outreach workers with years of experience were also hired by the city to reach out to at-risk youths in need of mentoring.

As a result of our efforts, gang-related crime has decreased by 51 percent over the last 12 months.

So what can we do to continue this success or even improve it? The city has recently applied for an additional CalGRIP grant that will allow us to enhance our current efforts and create new prevention programs.

We also need you to continue to report crimes or suspicious activity to the police department. You can do so by calling LPD for emergencies or by calling the Lodi Area Crime Stoppers and remaining anonymous.

With your help we can continue our recent success and send a message to the gang members in Lodi who attempt to threaten our community's safety.

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4 comments:

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 1:06 pm on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 254

    So I vote for an energetic person such as yourself to go ahead and put a proposal together and present it and perhaps even lead it to fruition to accomplish the goal Mr. Chaney. That is really all it takes. If money is an issue then that is only part of it's challenges. I am glad you want to make things better. Hope more people have the time to care for the future of Lodi and it's people - really.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 9:08 am on Tue, Oct 23, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    What? There is gang violence in Lodi? I thought the venerable Mr. Chaney imparted his "no fail" solution to Lodi gang violence to the LPD a long time ago and gangs and gang violence was eradicated.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 1:25 pm on Fri, Oct 19, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 500

    Lodi city council sees it more fit to spend $1 million plus to widen Hutchins Street on the money sucking hole Hutchins Street Square to create only a few meager parking spaces for the few actual profitable events held there. I supposed two lanes each way and am puzzled that it took $1 million plus to complete that small project. That funding could have been well spent doing something, or even anything, on the eastside. Perhaps council could start by appropriating funding to demolish that dreaded "Berlin wall" that invisibly divides the city of Lodi. But don't hold your breath. As for the gang violence problem, targeting grades 7, 8 and 9 isn't soon enough to outreach to those vulnerable to gang life. Many law enforcement agencies start their hard core programs as early as grade 4. In my opinion the GREAT program needs to be replaced with an intervention conducted by apprroved gang intervention specialists, not uniformed police officers, who frighten them more than anything else, while the hard core interventionist has proven to capture the students attention without showing any authority and making these young students aware that gang signs and colors are displayed at their age level and even sometimes sooner.

     
  • trista aquino posted at 12:11 pm on Thu, Oct 18, 2012.

    trista aquino Posts: 100

    Ok I know I've said this a million times but just to make it 1,000,001 - Light us up! That would deter another half of the people who are up to know good- most of the crime in £odi takes place on the eastside where the only sources of light comes from the barely glowing sometimes flickering orange balls where actual street lights could be. Most people intending to do something they know is wrong would prefer Not getting caught and punished for it so a lot of them would be deterred knowing thy would be under the spotlight while doing so.
    Also I recently started taking my daughter to some karate classes an i don't know if this is true about all karate schools but this 1 here on Miracle Mile teaches so much more than kicks and flips... They show kids how to be disciplined and confident, which gives them a better outlook right from jump street and there not prone to attention seeking (and fear provoking) behavior, they aren't so quick to join a gang for backup to ward off bullies and attackers, they teach how to set and keep good habits and goals, how to control Thor anger and emotional decision making to avoid potentially dangerous or violent confrontations and behaviors, I feel so fortunate that my daughter has this opportunity to learn this philosophy.

    **anyone who wants to come check it out, it's called discovery karate off of pacific and Bradford, the teachers are so passionate, it's obvious how much they believe in what their teaching,start your 1st month free on any day, for kids and adults from the potty trained to the bucket kicking anyone can go. I hope you guys will come see for yourselves.

     

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