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Crime prevention steps are working

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE – Police officials are cracking down on crime, and they have the numbers to prove it.A recent review of the agency’s service calls showed the El Monte Police Department has had 16,500 fewer requests for help since incorporating its IMPACT program in 2001.That figure shows the largest decline in calls the force has seen in the last four years, said Assistant Chief of Police Tom Armstrong.“We were able to determine what are the top 10 problems in the city, and we identified those locations which had repetitive calls for service,” said Armstrong.Service calls are classified as phoned-in requests for help in which an officer responded to the scene, officials said. They are dubbed priority calls, with the level of urgency varying from case to case. The latest review of service requests showed that El Monte’s police force received about 59,087 service calls in 2004. Dispatch officials reported 47,712 calls, 11,735 fewer than in 2004, Armstrong said.He said improvements are credited to law enforcement, but also to the efforts of residents and businesses. “These people are the eyes and ears of the police,” said Ralph Batres, committee chairman of , during the group’s conference in June.Police Chief Ken Weldon introduced IMPACT to help El Monte residents become community watchdogs. Under the program, 66 officers are “police chiefs” for a designated sector of the 9.6-square-mile city of 123,000 residents. IMPACT has helped make El Monte proactive when it comes to crime, Armstrong said, and allows officers to assess and respond to problem areas before greater concerns arise.El Monte Mayor Ernie Gutierrez said he stands behind community policing and that he’s not surprised by the latest data on his formerly “troubled city.”“I think that guys that are into crime have a feeling that in El Monte, you really can’t get away with too much because you’re going to get stopped,” said Mayor Ernie Gutierrez. were logged in 2005 Improving and Maintaining Public Awareness and Community Teamwork [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303last_img

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