Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving - COPPS

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Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving is an evolving strategy that alters the fundamental and traditional ways in which the police fight crime and respond to other problems in the community.  It means having officers in neighborhoods working cooperatively with people to address the problems that have a disruptive influence on the quality of life in the city.

An important component of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving is the use of Problem Oriented Policing Projects (POP Projects).

POP Projects involve a process of identifying problems/priorities through coordinated community/police needs assessments; collecting and analyzing information concerning the problem in a thorough, though not necessarily complicated manner; developing or facilitating responses that are innovative and tailor-made with the best potential for eliminating or reducing the problem; and finally evaluating the response to determine its effectiveness and modifying if necessary.

Below you will find a brief synopsis of the year’s POP Projects.  This information is being provided to keep you informed of issues in your community and to promote a joint effort in solving these problems.

 

POP File #10-02
Date Opened:  11-22-10
Date Closed:   12-26-10
Location:  Tulare Street
Problem:  Citizens complained of speeding vehicles in the area.  A traffic survey was conducted which found that 99.94% of the vehicles were traveling under 20 MPH.  Officer also spent over 5 hours of directed patrol in the area. No violations were observed.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #10-01
Date Opened:  02-09-10
Date Closed:
Location:  Alley between Mariposa and Klamath
Problem:  Citizens have complainied of juveniles and other subjects congregating in the alley causing a disturbance.
Status: PROJECT OPEN

POP File #09-02
Date Opened:  10-08-09
Date Closed:  11-08-09
Location:  Tunnel Road
Problem:  Citizens have reported vehicles passing over the double yellow line on Tunnel Road.  After 35 hours of directed patrol, 2 warnings and 8 citations were issued.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #09-01
Date Opened:  1-27-09
Date Closed:  3-01-09
Location:  City Wide
Problem:  Citizens have reported a foul odor in the air during evening hours, possible from residents burning refuse.  After over 10+ hours of directed patrol, the exact cause of the smell could not be determined and has appeared to have stopped.  3 suspected residents were contacted and advised of the ordinance.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #08-08
Date Opened:  10-13-08
Date Closed:  02-13-09
Location:  North Hill and South Hill Drive
Problem:  Complaints of diesel trucks parked along the side of the road idling for more than 5 minutes.  Officers conducted more than 19 hours of directed patrol and found no violations.  Trucks found idling for more than 5 minutes were certified to do so under the "Certified Clean Idle" exception to the 5 minute rule.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #08-07
Date Opened:  9-19-08
Date Closed:  12-13-08
Location:  Rear of the Brisbane Library
Problem:  Citizen complaints of juveniles gathering and throwing rocks and garbage in to resident's back yards.  Numerous juveniles were contacted as well as over 4 hours of directed patrol.  No incidents occurred during this time frame.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #08-06
Date Opened:  8-02-08
Date Closed:  10-31-08
Location:  Sierra Point Road between Ross and Glenn Parkway
Problem:  Wrong way drivers.  After 7.5 hours of directed patrol, no violatins were observed.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #08-05
Date Opened:  6-23-08
Date Closed:  11-05-08
Location:  100 Block of San Benito Rd.
Problem:  Complaints of Speeding Vehicles.  There were 9.5 hours of directed patrol and 25 hours deploying the radar trailer.  Officer noted no violations during this time frame.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #08-04
Date Opened:  5-18-08
Date Closed:  8-12-08
Location:  385 Valley Drive / Pitco Foods
Problem:  Complaints of vehicles leaving the business with unsecured loads. After approx. 6 hours of directed patrol, no violations were noted.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #08-03
Date Opened:  4-23-08
Date Closed:  10-6-08
Location:  Visitacion Ave.
Problem:  Complaints via the Traffic Advisory Committee of vehicles making illegal turns.  After over 43 hours of directed patrol, few violators were noted.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #08-02
Date Opened:  4-23-08
Date Closed:  6-05-08
Location:  Mission Blue
Problem:  Complaints via the Traffic Advisory Committee of Speeding Vehicles.  After over 45 hours of directed patrol, few violators were noted.  Several warnings and citations were issued.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #08-01
Date Opened:  4-23-08
Date Closed:  10/31/08
Location:  3800 Block of Bayshore Blvd.
Problem:  Complaints via the Traffic Advisory Committee of Speeding Vehicles.  After 321 hours of dedicated patrol, 40 citations, and 45 warnings, speed violations did not increase or decrease.  Speed violations for this area and this type of road are within expected limits.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED


POP File #07-11
Date Opened:  11-28-07
Date Closed:  01-31-08
Location:  Downtown
Problem:  Possible drug activity reported in the area.  15 hours of directed patrol were conducted.  No evidence of drug activity was observed.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #07-10
Date Opened:  11-16-07
Date Closed:  01-31-08
Location:  Bayshore Blvd.
Problem:  We recieved a report that cardboard recyclers are loosing their loads littereing the roadways. After 13 hours of directed patrol and one citation, no more violations were observed.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #07-09
Date Opened:  08-15-07
Date Closed:  09-30-07
Location:  End of Soalano Street
Problem:  Complaint of people congregating, making noise and leaving trash.  After 40 minutes of directed patrol, no violations were observed.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #07-08
Date Opened:  7-06-07
Date Closed:
Location:  Tunnel and Beatty
Problem:  Complaints that vehicles are crossing into oncoming traffic when turning onto Beatty from S/B Tunnel.  After over 5 hours of directed patrol, no violations were observed.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #07-07
Date Opened:  6-13-07
Date Closed:
Location:  Humboldt and Kings
Problem:  Complaints of vehicle not stopping at the stop sign.  After over 8.5 hours of directed patrol and 2 warning citations, no more violations were observed.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #07-06
Date Opened:  5-30-07
Date Closed:
Location:  Various
Problem:  Juveniles consuming large amounts of alcohol at various out of the way places in the city.  After over 20.5 hours of directed patrol, the core group of juveniles involved have been identified and the problem abated.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #07-05
Date Opened:  2-8-07
Date Closed:
Location:  Mariposa and Solano Street
Problem:  Vehicles speeding and comitting other vehicle code violations while patrents are dropping off and picking up their children.  After over 144 hours of directed patrol and one citation, no more violations were observed.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #07-04
Date Opened:  1-16-07
Date Closed:
Location:  500 Block of San Bruno Ave.
Problem:  Vehicles speeding and comitting other vehicle code violations while partents are dropping off and picking up their children.  After over 29 hours of directed patrol, 6 citations and 5 warnings, violations were greatly reduced.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #07-02
Date Opened:  1-14-07
Date Closed:
Location:  Hilltop Market
Problem:  Complaints that business is staying open past permitted hours.  Numerous hours of directed patrol.  Problem solved.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #07-01
Date Opened:  1-14-07
Date Closed:
Location:  Alvarado and Mendocino Streets
Problem:  Residents concerned with speeding vehicles and stop sign violations.  After 120 hours of directed patrol and 3 citations, violations were reduced to near zero.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #06-09
Date Opened:  9-25-06
Date Closed:  1-16-07
Location:  Mariposa, Monterey, and Solano Streets
Problem:  Parents speeding in the area shen dropping off their children. Initial speed survey did not show any significant speeding vehicle problem.  Recieved continued complaints.  Opened POP #07-01.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #06-08
Date Opened:  8-17-06
Date Closed:  8-31-06
Location:  300 Block of Alvarado Street
Problem:  Speed survey indicated high percentage of speeding vehicles.  After over 140 hours of directed patrol which included increased police presence, radar enforcement, and use of the radar trailer, the problem has been solved.  
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #06-07
Date Opened:  4-11-06
Date Closed:  5-31-06
Location:  The Ridge
Problem:  Residents comp;ain of loud trucks nor obeying truck route signs.  After over 13 hours of directed patrol which included warnings, citations, and better signs, the problem has been solved.  
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #06-06
Date Opened:  3-27-06
Date Closed:  5-31-06
Location:  San Francisco St. and Inyo Street
Problem:  Subjects are are loitering and drinking alcohol in the park.  The intoxicated subjects have been loud and have disturbed the neighbors.  
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #06-05
Date Opened:  2-22-06
Date Closed:
Location:  Humboldt Road and Kings Road
Problem:  Complaints of vehicles not stopping at the stop sign.  Over 9 hours of directed patrol, little or no violations were observed.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #06-04
Date Opened:  2-07-06
Date Closed:  4-09-06
Location:  Industrial Way
Problem:  Increased criminal activity in the area. (Vandalism, Veh. Burglaries, Stolen Vehs.)  After over 27 hours of directed patrol, the number of crimes has been reduced dramatically.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #06-03
Date Opened:  2-07-06
Date Closed:  5-31-06
Location:  Sierra Point Parkway/Hwy 101 Overpass
Problem:   Graffiti on walls under overpass.  After over 17 hours of directed patrol, there have been no further acts of graffiti.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #06-02
Date Opened:  1-22-06
Date Closed:  4-09-06
Location:  3800 block of Bayshore Blvd.
Problem:   Business in the area burglarized for the 2nd time in a year.  After over 28 hours of directed patrol, there have been no further thefts.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #06-01
Date Opened:  1-22-06
Date Closed:  4-09-06
Location:  Lake Street
Problem:  Complaint of speeding vehicles on Lake Street after two vehicle accidents in the last 3 months.  After over 34 hours of directed patrol, the number of speeding vehicles has been reduced.  There have been no further accidents.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-14
Date Opened: 12-20-05
Date Closed:  4-20-06
Location:  200 block of Tulare Street
Problem: Garbage from apartment buildings on Thomas are blowing down onto Turlare St.  Lanlord improved garbage cans to stop garbage from blowing out.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-13
Date Opened: 12-04-05
Date Closed:
Location:  800 block of Humboldt Road
Problem: Disputes among neighbors
Status: PROJECT OPEN

POP File #05-12
Date Opened: 11-14-05
Date Closed:  1-16-06
Location:  Village Shoping Center
Problem: There were three overnight window smash burglaries.  After 20 hours of directed patrol, no other crimes have been committed.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-11
Date Opened: 10-29-05
Date Closed: 1-16-06
Location:  Mission Blue and Checkerspot
Problem: Citizens are conerned about pedestrian safety due to limited sight distance and speeding vehicles.  After 6 hours of directed patrol, very few speeding vehicles were observed by officers.  The city engineer was advised of the concern.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-10
Date Opened: 10-19-05
Date Closed:  12-04-05
Location:  N/B Hwy off ramp to Sierra Point Parkway
Problem: Citizens complain that vehicles coming off of N/B Hwy 101 are not yielding to vehicles traveling E/B on Sierra Point Parkway.  After over 7.5 hours of directed patrol, very few violations observed.  The city engineering staff inspected the intersection and will reconfigure and restripe in the spring.
Status: PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-09
Date Opened:  07-11-05
Date Closed:  09-14-05
Location:  Humboldt Road and Placer Road
Problem:  Citizens complaint that vehicles are not stopping at stop signs.  After over 10 hours of directed patrol, the observed violations have been reduced to 0.
Status:  PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-08
Date Opened:  05-03-05
Date Closed:  07-27-05
Location:  Humboldt Road and Kings Road
Problem: Complaints of vehicles not stopping at the stop sign.  After 26 hours of directed patrol, 26 citations.  Violations greatly reduced.
Status:  PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-07
Date Opened:  04-24-05
Date Closed:  05-26-05
Location:  Callipe Court
Problem: Complaints of speeding vehicles cutting through the complex.  After 13 hours of patrol, no violations observed.
Status:  PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-06
Date Opened:  04-20-05
Date Closed:  07-27-05
Location:  Marina
Problem:  Complaints of RC clubs leaving litter and damaging city property.  Clubs contacted and advised that a permit will be required to continue using the facilities.  After 20 hours of directed patrol no other violations were observed.
Status:  PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-05
Date Opened:  03-03-05
Date Closed:  07-27-05
Location: Cal Train Station
Problem:  Reports of vehicle burglaries, panhandlers, and transients loitering in the area.  Over 49 hours of directed patrol.  No futher incidents reported.
Status:  PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-04
Date Opened:  02-26-05
Date Closed:  05-03-05
Location:  100 block of Monterey Street
Problem:  Complaints of vandalism to plants at a residence on Monterey Street.  Over 4.5 hours of directed patrol.  No further vandalisms were reported.
Status:  PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-03
Date Opened:  02-19-05
Date Closed:  10-26-05
Location:  Bayshore Blvd. near The Curve
Problem:  Complaints about unsafe driving in the area following a fatal traffic collision. Over 98 hours of directed patrol. 70 citations and 15 warnings given.  Violations have been greatly reduced.
Status:  PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-02
Date Opened:  02-09-05
Date Closed:   04-06-05
Location: Tunnel Avenue
Problem: Complaints about unsafe driving on Tunnel Avenue.  14 hours of directed patrol and enforcement.  Radar trailer deployed 5 days.  14 citations, 10 warnings.  Violations greatly reduced.
Status:  PROJECT CLOSED

POP File #05-01
Date Opened:  02-05-05
Date Closed:   03-30-05
Location:  000-400 block of Visitacion Avenue
Problem:  Complaints that the students from Lipman School are loitering after school, blocking the sidewalk and using foul language towards citizens.  Over 2.5 hours of directed patrol.  There have been no further complaints.
Status:  PROJECT CLOSED