Tustin police use creative program to clean up neighborhoods

If you want to see creative policing in action, don’t bother visiting Santa Ana, instead head over to neighboring Tustin, where the Tustin police will set up a “sub-station for a day” and stage a neighborhood cleanup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday on Pasadena Avenue, north of McFadden Ave,” according to the O.C. Register.

The activities include:

  • Removal or cover-up of graffiti.
  • Pick up of large trash items such as couches, refrigerators, and televisions.
  • Repainting the curbs red and cleaning up the street signs.
  • The Parks and Recreation Department sets up its “Rec on Wheels” equipment, which provides games and sports programs for neighborhood youth.
  • Code enforcement officers and police officers work together by inspecting property and advising property owners to make repairs and upgrade their property.
  • Crime prevention hints are given
  • Also, police officers and volunteers provide police information, bicycle licenses, child fingerprinting, and crime prevention tips.

“The Parks and Recreation programs encourage the neighborhood youth to join sports programs and get involved in other crafts and games, instead of the negative alternatives such as gang activity, police officials said,” according to the O.C. Register.

Apparently the Tustin Police Department will be moving the substation to various neighborhoods every quarter. To find out more about this program, call Margulies with the Neighborhood Improvement Task Force at 714-573-3200 or Community Relations Officer Ruby Ortiz at 714-573-3396.

You can read the entire O.C. Register article about this event by clicking here.

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