A Homeless Liaison Officer was assigned out of the Central Business District (CBD) to work with various service providers, other public entities, and the courts, to assist community efforts in addressing the challenges associated with homelessness. Central to the approach is treating each homeless person with dignity and respect, understanding their unique circumstance, and matching services for that individual.
CBD officers are working with the in-house Deputy District Attorney addressing the issues of vagrancy. This approach has helped change individual inappropriate behaviors while enhancing the quality of life downtown.
The collaborative efforts of the police, City Attorney’s Office, and Sycamore Senior Village Apartments Management, developed an effective security plan which met the requirements outlined by the City Council.
The District Two Team continues to use a problem-solving approach to combat crime, address quality of life issues in its neighborhoods, promote traffic safety, and provide respect-based customer service.
District Two officers work with organizers of a number of events held in, and around, the Centennial Plaza. These events include the Martin Luther King Peace March, Earth Day, Salsa Festival, Fiesta Patrias and El Grito de Dolores, Multi-Cultural Festival, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tamale Festival, and Christmas Parade.
The Henry T. Oxnard National Historical District hosts the Annual Christmas Tree Lane Event and CBD officers provide nightly patrol over a three-week period.
A large scale National Night Out was piloted by the Via Marina Neighborhood following that program’s criteria. The event was attended by over 200 residents. The neighborhood council and Department learned from this event and will conduct a similar event in 2014 in another District. The goal is to have most Oxnard neighborhoods participate in National Night Out. Sycamore Senior Village also held a National Night Out event.
CBD officers participated in the Annual Thanksgiving Potluck at Casa San Juan. Officers coordinated with the Ventura County Rescue Mission and Faith Community Church for a Christmas toy drive. Over 1,000 families received presents.
Senior Officer Paul Knapp continues to coordinate the Sea Bridge patrols which include officers on bicycles and use of the Department’s Boston Whaler boat.