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LHPD to install body cameras

Posted on 22 June 2017 by La Habra Journal

By Alondra Urizar
La Habra Journal

The La Habra Police Department’s efforts finally paid off.
After actively pursuing wearable body cameras since early 2016, the department acquired a five-year $375,000 agreement with Axon, and LHPD officers are starting to be equipped with them, with a complete implementation of the department by late July or early August.
The idea came after seeing how well Rialto did with their body cameras, the LHPD began watching and considering body cameras.
“We heard about Rialto and how they had some success with the body worn cameras and things have gone well,” Price said. “We just started the process of looking at the cameras, looking at what the pros and cons are, whether or not it’s going to work for us here [in La Habra] or not.”
The La Habra Police Department now joins other law enforcement agencies in Orange County in embracing body cameras such as Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Tustin and Cal State Fullerton.
After testing several body cameras, Price approached the La Habra City Council with their agreement with Axon.
The Council unanimously approved the agreement back in early February 2017.
In early June, the department equipped one smaller patrol team to begin working with the cameras, having the team implementing them in their daily routines. Through the first team, the police department aims to work out any imperfections and make improvements before having the team train the other members of the police department.

The LHPD will also have an Axon representative come the following week and show them how to use the device properly.
Captain Dean Capelletti of the La Habra Police Department knows how important it is to be transparent with the community.
He wants his officers to feel comfortable using the body cameras and realize the benefit they are to both the department and the community of La Habra.
Capelletti said Axiom is going to train them and answer any questions the officers may have.
“We’ll continue with the implementation,” Capelletti said. “It’s totally something new for the officers and we want to make sure that they know how to operate it and feel comfortable with it.”
The agreement for the LHPD comes with three camera improvements, body cameras and storage of digital memory and a warranty, should any accidents happen to the equipment.
In the past, law enforcement agencies have relied on audio recordings and dashboard cameras in patrol cars.
However, with recent calls for accountability of law enforcement agencies, many have chosen to provide their departments with body cameras to provide transparency to the public.
The LHPD has expressed great excitement in implementing the body cameras.
“I’m very excited about putting them out there,” Capelletti said. “I believe we have a nice relationship with our community and I think this is just another area that we can show them we truly are a transparent police department and we have nothing to hide.”

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LHPD shares coffee and conversation

Posted on 18 December 2014 by La Habra Journal

By Yajira Perez
La Habra Journal

The La Habra Police Department and Lt. Mel Ruiz hosted the first-ever Coffee with a Cop on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Casa Adelita’s restaurant to welcome the La Habra community.LHJ Christmas & Cops_0057_
Coffee with a Cop provided a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in La Habra’s neighborhoods.
The community trickled in and out of the restaurant to chat with LHPD officers. One of the many who stopped by to have a cup of coffee with the officers was Jason Ho.
“I came here looking to get more information on how to apply for the Reserves program with LHPD,” Ho said.
After he talked to Ruiz, he said he received a lot of useful information on how to obtain a career with the department.
“I’m glad I came in because I made a good contact here on how to move forward with my application.”
Although not all who attended the event were seeking career opportunities. Long-time La Habra residents Mark Lawton and Paul Jaramillo shared some suggestions. LHJ Christmas & Cops_0033_
“You should put a group together for bike rides to speak to the youth at parks,” Lawton suggested. He explained how this may help the youth feel more comfortable with authority figures.
“The youth can also help paint houses where it’s needed most,” Jaramillo added.
David Gonzalez, the public administrator for the police department, shared that they will soon be launching their own mobile app that will share stories, send alerts and share tips with the community.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The program aims to promote community policing through relationship-building between police officers and community members.

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Legion honors first responders

Posted on 08 March 2013 by La Habra Journal

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
Two of La Habra’s finest were recognized by the American Legion last week where the members honored the policeman and fireman of the year.

La Habra Police Officer David Morrison and Los Angeles County Fireman/Paramedic Eduardo Rodriguez were presented with plaques at the 48th annual Police and Fire Luncheon.

Morrison, who started with the LHPD in 2008 after a career running his own printing company, was recognized for his outstanding efforts as a School Resource Officer servicing Washington and Imperial Middle Schools.

“David has really taken ownership of his schools and he takes pride in being their SRO,” said Interim Police Chief Jerry Price. “He has built positive relationships with the administrators, teachers. parents and of course the students on both campuses.”

Rodriguez, a 24 year veteran of the LA County Fire Department, became a paramedic for the department in 1990. Rodriguez works with at-risk kids as a part of the Rescue Youth program. He also works as a Paramedic Preceptor, helping other firefighters become competent paramedics through proper training.

One of the highlights of Rodriguez’ career was responding to the Sunset incident on May 6, 2012. He, along with other firefighters, was able to affect the rescue of three victims from the third floor of a burning motel.

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4-legged LHPD officer retires

Posted on 10 February 2013 by La Habra Journal

By Sarah Negrete
La Habra Journal

A Dog’s life—LHPD Corporal Kyle Davis, and Interim-Police Chief Jerry Price recognize service dog Astor at his retirement ceremony at City Hall last month.

A Dog’s life—LHPD Corporal Kyle Davis, and Interim-Police Chief Jerry Price recognize service dog Astor at his retirement ceremony at City Hall last month.

Dogs have always been considered by many as great companions to man, and are highly appreciated by those who work with them each day, including the disabled, the elderly, children and even the criminal justice system. For the La Habra Police Department, they are proud to have had a long and accomplished partnership with their service dog, named Astor. After such a busy career with LHPD, service dog Astor is ready to retire and enjoy the rest of his years with his handler Corporal Kyle Davis.

The 8-year-old Belgian Malinois was originally from Holland, and was brought to La Habra in the fall of 2007 to work with the police department, and has been an asset to the department ever since. At that time, Astor was both trained and partnered with Corporal Kyle Davis of La Habra. “I work very hard in the job that I do, and he followed suit. I cannot think of any time where we went to deploy out in the field, to where I had to worry about the effort he was going to put in,” said Corporal Kyle Davis.

Astor was cross trained to search narcotics as well as people and articles, which explains why he had a very busy and successful career with the LHPD. During many LHPD’s efforts to search for suspects, narcotics and other important articles, Astor was brought along on trips and was released about 258 times. The canine was successful in almost every instance in assisting the police department into the right direction of the suspects, and apprehended 59 suspects. Out of the 59 suspects, one suspect was actually bitten by Astor for not surrendering.

Throughout his career, Astor was also accomplished in finding over 70 pounds of narcotics on the streets of La Habra and the neighboring area. All together, he found about 1,118 grams of methamphetamine, 112 grams of cocaine, 31,526 grams of marijuana and 42 grams of heroin. In addition to the narcotics located by Astor, he has also seized over $182,000 of U.S. currency, as well as six handguns. Definitely a great contribution to LHPD’s efforts to making La Habra and the surrounding environment a safer and cleaner city.

“Astor was recently injured during training, and it was probably a totality of all the training these dogs endure, as well as deployments they engage in while in the field of Police work. Whether it is during training, or during a deployment, they are constantly running and jumping non-stop,” Davis said. Astor now cannot run as fast as he could when he was a younger dog, and it is appropriate for him to enjoy a well-earned retirement with his thankful handler.

“As far as my future plans with him, I really do not have any,” Davis said. “For right now, my plans are to just let him relax in his retirement.”

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LHPD serves more than fries for charity

Posted on 27 October 2012 by La Habra Journal

By Christopher Park
La Habra Journal

La Habra police personnel helped Red Robin customers with their orders last Saturday for the Tip-a-Cop event, accepting tips and donations that go directly to help fund the OC Special Olympics.

Civilian employees, sworn officers and even the athletes took part in the event, going from table to table, taking a few orders from customers while informing them of the cause for the event.

“Every time I’ve participated, it’s been very well-received and a lot of fun.” said Cindy Knapp, Bureau Manager.
The Tip-a-Cop event is something that has been ongoing with several restaurants and this marks the first time that the event has been affiliated with Red Robin, Knapp said.

The athletes joining the event were gold medalists and have won plenty more. Athlete attendees included Robert Valsquez, Leighann Manzo and Keith Jaramillo, all of whom have swam for the OC Sharks and have won dozens upon dozens of other medals.

“They’ve got a lot.” said Christian Valdez, one of the caretakers at the event. Valdez ballparked the number of the medal count at around the high 30s or low 40s.

“They’ve been doing this for many years, so they get a lot.” he added.

The event also offered a unique opportunity for the police and the public to interact with each other in a more casual relaxed setting, allowing for a greater understanding between both parties.

“You’re just trying to personalize it,” said Jerry Price, La Habra’s Acting Chief of Police “Have a personal conversation and hopefully develop a rapport so it goes towards our community and policing philosophy of building those relationships within the community.”

Customers unaware of the event were taken by slight surprise as officers approached their tables, but once the confusion settled, customers were receptive to the event.

“Having an officer approach your table while you’re eating makes them a little taken aback at first, but as soon as they understand they have good time and I think they like telling us to go get their drinks,” said Michael Constanzo, Detective “It’s a little bit of a change for them.”

“I was in the Junior Olympics when growing up,” said Alfonzo Abayon, a customer and donor on Saturday. “For underprivileged kids I think it’s a good idea to try to make their quality of life a little bit better.”

Donations will be used to offset the costs in athlete participation, including covering the costs of uniforms, supplies and transportation when athletes are sent to regional events. It’s also used to cover the separate dorms for the athletes, much like the Olympic Villages acting as a space for Olympians when participating every four years.

The Tip-a-Cop event has been going for 26 years, raising as much as $500,000 in Southern California alone. This is the first time for Tip-a-Cop to be affiliated with Red Robins and the goal is to raise $1 million across the 400 Red Robins nationwide.

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