The City of Oxnard experienced an overall decrease in crime by 6% (5.1% decrease in property crimes), in comparison to 2017 statistics throughout the city. In 2018, the East District had a reduction in part one crime by 11.7%, (18.7% decrease in property crimes.) The East District has maintained lower crime rates in comparison to other districts for several years.
Beat 31 had a decrease of 8.8% overall in part one crimes (13.4% decrease in property crimes). Beat 32 had a 14.7% decrease overall of part one crimes (23.3% decrease in property crimes).
Partnering with the Community
The East District Neighborhood Policing Team is consistently involved in community outreach efforts to strengthen our relationship with the community and provide support for our community and residents.
Some of the outreach efforts conducted by the East District include:
National Night Out at Del Sol Park
The East District Team helped host the National Night Out event at Del Sol Park. Approximately 150 residents attended the potluck style event where public safety equipment was on display, crime prevention information was handed out, and city officials spoke.
Dia De Los Niños / Kids Day Fair
Colonia Village Tenant Association Posada Navideña
Officers attended the Colonia Village Tenant Association Posada. This event was a procession where several members of the community sang and prayed as they visited homes in the community. At the end of the procession, there was a potluck to allow residents to interact with each other. Approximately 150 – 200 people were in attendance.
Our Lady of Guadalupe 9-Day Processions
Oxnard Police Department collaborated with Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Virgen de Guadalupe Processions. The processions took place in the month of December, during evening hours. The police department provided traffic control for the processions as they traveled from the 700 block of North Juanita Avenue to the church’s parking lot on the 500 block of North Juanita Avenue. Each night, the processions included Danzantes Aztecas, a prayer, and hundreds of members from the community. Traffic flowed with minimal interruption; there were no collisions and no parking citations.
Rose Park Neighborhood Council Posada Navideña
Colonia Toy Give-a-way
East District officers partnered with Oxnard Housing and local car clubs to provide toys to children in public housing and the surrounding areas. Santa arrived and hundreds of toys were given out to the children. Elvira Zavala provided assistance with the community relations.
The East District Team along with several members from other units within the police department attended several Coffee with-cop events throughout the year. The event is used to facilitate a location for members of the community to meet and converse with the officers who patrol their district.
District Neighborhood Meetings
Throughout the year the East District Team attends various neighborhood meetings to check-in with the neighborhood councils, neighborhood watch, neighborhood associations, and community members to address their concerns on their quality of life, traffic and other safety issues in their neighborhoods.
The East District Team participated in interactions with elementary school children through Lunch with a Cop, Read across America, and other school events.
Quality of Life Impacts
The East District team had received information of a possible Marijuana grow in the area of the 600 block of East Fifth Street (specifically from the building at the northeast corner of Mountain View and Fifth Street). While assisting ER and Code Compliance addressing the homeless/graffiti at the building, members of the east district obtained additional evidentiary information which was provided to the VCAT West County Narcotics Team. This information led to the execution of a narcotics search warrant which resulted in the recovery of nearly 2,000 Marijuana plants, in various growth stages, from the building.
Goals For 2019
As evident by the crime statistics, the East District Team accomplished its 2017 goal of continuing to reduce crime in the District. Additionally, the increase in community events can be attributed to the 2017 goal of working with the underserved population in the district. For 2019, the number one goal for the East district is to continue to suppress crime and improve the overall quality of life for the residents in the district.
- Schedule regular meetings and enforcement efforts with the HLO’s to address vagrancy issues throughout the district.
- Increase narcotics enforcement efforts utilizing unconventional techniques, including surveillance and search warrant services.
- Increase the number of bike patrol operations.
- Continue coordinated effort with detective to address property crime throughout the district.
Beat 31 Goals
- Improve the La Colonia Neighborhood Council, by identifying a new president and coordinating with property management of the new courts to join the council.
- Rebuild / strengthen West Village Neighborhood Watch
- Continue positive working relationship with the Housing Department to address homeless encampments in vacant units.
Beat 32 Goals
- Work with owners/management of the new apartments on S. Oxnard Blvd. to obtain agent authorization and schedule a meeting with the residents within six months of the opening date.
- Work with other city departments to act on a CPTED plan (tree trimming) for the gum tree alley area.
- Conduct a community meeting with the residents of the Kona Kai Mobile Home Park.
- Address the significant number of calls for service at 501 S. Rose Ave. (CPTED Assessment, Request hiring of security guard)
- Work with city traffic engineer to post new parking signs on the frontage road of Fifth Street.