News release - 2/25/2014

Published 2/25/2014 (all press releases for this day)


Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEWS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Oxnard Police Department’s response to recent violence
DATE/TIME: February 25, 2014
LOCATION: Citywide
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez, Oxnard Police Community Affairs Manager, miguel.lopez@oxnardpd.org
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Miguel Lopez, Oxnard Police Community Affairs Manager, miguel.lopez@oxnardpd.org(805) 385-7631

DETAILS: In response to several recent violent crimes over the past week, the Oxnard Police Department is responding with a multi-faceted operational and community strategy to assist with the on-going investigations and to strengthen our community partnerships.

 
Effective immediately, we will have additional officers dedicated to community patrol across the city and will be deploying the Mobile Command Post to continue community outreach in the neighborhoods affected by the recent violence. The Oxnard Police Department Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) will be providing enhanced uniformed gang enforcement and the Traffic Unit will be supporting regular patrol efforts.
 
In the past few days, investigators have served search warrants and will continue to canvass the affected neighborhoods in an attempt to gather information to help determine motive and suspects in the latest incidents. As always, support from the community will be critical. The Oxnard Police Department needs the community to continue to assist by reporting any and all suspicious activities – if anything does not sound, look, or feel right, please call the non-emergency number at (805) 385-7740 or 9-1-1. Translators are available.
 
The Oxnard Police Department encourages community members to consider being responsible partners for public safety, peace, and security. “The Oxnard Police Department has a long history and tradition of community engagement.  We recognize and appreciate the importance of enhanced community engagement,” says Jeri Williams, Oxnard Chief of Police.
 
Investigators encourage anyone who wishes to remain anonymous with any information about recent incidents to call the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070, or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. Community members can also visit www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org  to submit a tip via text or email.

As a reminder, the City of Oxnard offers a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspect(s) in homicide cases.
 
Moreover, Oxnard Police will continue the “Operation Safer and Stronger” initiative, aimed to inform, engage, and empower community members as partners in public safety.  Last week, Oxnard Police launched our “Operation Safer and Stronger: Crime Prevention Seminar Series” with a large group of concerned and committed residents.  Crime trends and tips under this umbrella initiative will continue to be released monthly in hopes of sharing information that can prove to be invaluable, including this month’s focus on burglary prevention.

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