FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release Date: February 25, 2009
OPERATION 4TH QUARTER
114 ARRESTS MADE - 13 FIREARMS RECOVERED
In October 2008, the Police Department launched Operation 4th Quarter to respond to the historic increase of violence experienced the last three month of the year.
Below is a summary of Operation 4th Quarter activities (October - December
·13 firearms recovered
·½ pound of Narcotics seized
·Approx. $30,000 seized
As part of Operation 4th Quarter, the Department formed several specialized teams in partnership with the San Mateo County Probation Department, California State Parole, the San Mateo County Gang Task Force, and the Menlo Park Police Department.
Below is a list of activities for each team.
Menlo Park - East Palo Alto Enforcement Team (December 2008 to date)
·12 Firearms (including 1 assault rifle)
·½ pound of narcotics
EPA Patrol Teams (overtime projects)
·44 citations issued
·4 stolen vehicles recovered
·14 vehicles towed
·12 warrants served
San Mateo County Gang Task Force (1 week deployment in EPA)
In January 2009, the Department implemented "Operation Impact" in partnership with the California Highway Patrol. Results of this operation will be released at the end of March 2009.
As part of Operation 4th Quarter, and its ongoing crime-reduction efforts, the Department continues to partner with numerous community and faith-based organizations to implement key prevention and intervention programs such as, but not limited to:
·The Graffiti Arts Project (GAP) in partnership with the Mural, Music and Arts
Project (MMAP). GAP started in December 2008.
· The Police Activities League (PAL) in partnership with the East Palo Alto Boxing
Club and the East Palo Alto Greyhounds. PAL contracts have been finalized.
Programs should start in March 2009.
·Secured funding to form a team to conduct nuisance abatement activities and seek civil injunctions against gang members. The team was formed in January 2009.
·The East Palo Alto parolee reentry Cal Trans job program. The program will start
on March 2, 2009.
·The "Live in Peace" movement in partnership with One East Palo Alto, For Youth
By Youth and several other community and faith-based organizations.