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Problem Oriented Policing Projects 2010

 
   
 


Problem Oriented Police Projects (POP Projects) are designed to impact unique or repetitive issues by implementing specific strategies to target the problem. This is a form of community policing in which the Department actively works with the others to understand and address the issues that lead to crime within our city. The Lincoln Police Department tries to be proactive and stay aware of developing crime trends within the city. These highlighted POP Projects are just a few that our officers have undertaken.

Problem Oriented Policing Projects 2010
Employee Location Project Description Date Started Stage of Completion
Ofc. Winterbauer Southeast Team Statistically speaking, S. 70th St./O St. - Sumner St., is one of the highest locations for traffic accidents in the City of Lincoln. During the month of August in 2009, Southeast officers responded to 17 accidents in this area alone, with 6 classified as injury accidents. With Lincoln Public Schools starting the new school year, August was chosen as a prime month to bring attention and awareness to traffic safety. Ofc. Winterbauer was able to obtain a wrecked vehicle from Capital Towing for display in front of Lincoln East High School on S. 70th Street. A sign reading "Arrive Alive" was also posted next to the vehicle. LPD's Traffic Unit placed a speed trailer on S. 70th to remind drivers of the posted speed limit. During the duration of the project, officers responded to just one accident at this location, compared to 17 last year (a 94% decrease). Accidents team-wide also decreased by 17 percent. The timing and location of the project elicited conversation among citizens. Several media outlets wrote stories about the project and its focus. August 2010 Project Complete
Ofc. Ortiz, Ofc. Jennings NW Team Area The transient population is known for generating a wide variety of calls for service throughout the city. With the NW team being home to the People's City Mission and Matt Talbot Kitchen, the potential for transient related incidents is high. Having no physical addresses and no significant ties to the community, transients can be significantly more difficult to track down when investigating crimes and attempting to clear broadcasts and warrants. During the summer months, two officers conducted a plain clothes detail to monitor areas of high transient activity. Shift hours varied to get a wider scope of the issues and meet with more individuals. The officers also met with business owners in the area to ascertain issues they are facing and help determine solutions. In total, 159 citations were issued, 38 warrants were cleared, one broadcast was cleared and two parties were turned over to ICE. A 'No Trespassing' sign was also installed behind Super Saver to assist with future enforcement needs. Looking back, six of the eight reporting districts showed a decrease in the calls for service during the time of this project compared to the previous year. This POP Project gave Ofc. Ortiz and Ofc. Jennings an opportunity to work with a group that is often times forgotten and left unchecked. Overall, the project was successful; however, the effects could be short lived. This is a project that will require continued work to be successful in the long term. May 27 - September 1, 2010 Project Complete
Ofc. Wherry College View The College View neighborhood (40th-56th/Calvert-Pioneers)is a high density area consisting of apartment buildings, multi-unit homes, lower income housing and Union College. As a result, a large number of vehicles are unregistered or abandoned and classified as junked vehicles. The owners often leave these vehicles for months at a time which promotes the appearance of a high crime area and deteriorates the quality of life in the neighborhood. During the project period, Officer Wherry identified fifteen vehicles out of compliance with the city ordinance. He contacted registered owners and property owners to discuss options to legalize their vehicles. Twelve of the fifteen vehicles were completely removed from the properties. One vehicle was properly registered and another owner obtained a hobbyist permit. The last vehicle was towed immediately from quasi-public property for unpaid fines. The project not only cleaned up the neighborhood, but educated and empowered vehicle owners to tackle the problem and possibly prevent future violations. July 16 - September 1, 2010 Project Complete
Sgt. Richards,
Ofc. Carmichael
Holmes Lake Park With the 2005 renovation of Holmes Lake Park, the use of the lake has increased dramatically, most significantly the use of the lake by people boating and fishing. Recent contacts have shown that people using the lake believe that State Regulations regarding boating and fishing do not apply since the lake is contained within the City of Lincoln - even though there are signs posted around the lake indicating otherwise. On July 11, 2010, Sgt. Richards, Ofc. Carmichael and Conservation Officers Stacey Lewton and Mike Luben from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conducted a detail focused on these regulations. At the beginning of the day, it was decided that the enforcement activity would be education focused and that official citations would only be issued for flagrant violations. During the project, over 200 people were contacted, 26 verbal and written warnings were issued, 1 official citation was issued and 1 warrant arrest was made. Several "courtesy checks" were conducted on boaters as they entered the water, safety equipment was inspected, deficiencies noted and potential violations were avoided. Copies of the Nebraska Boating Guide were distributed to those boaters who had missing safety equipment. The officers' presence made a significant impact on users of the park that day, as patrol was conducted on foot, by vehicle and by bicycle. Several people noted that they were glad to see boating and fishing regulations being enforced at the lake. The conservation officers provided information that has been passed on to other Southeast officers for future enforcement and a press release was distributed. All in all this was a successful project. July 11, 2010 Project Complete
Ofc. Wiese,
Ofc. Brodd,
Inv Graham
Northeast Team The social and psychological problems associated with domestic violence are well known and well documented within the arena of criminal justice. The victims continue to suffer fear and anxiety of future violence even if the party responsible is arrested. Victims of domestic violence often seek a protection order to afford themselves an added measure of safety. As an effort to further assist victims, Investigator Graham will send Officer Wiese a list of granted protection orders within Lancaster County. Officer Wiese will contact individuals within the Northeast Team to ensure that the order has not been violated. Officer Brodd will be on hand to lend assistance when needed. June 2010 In Progress
Ofc. Norton
Randolph Elementary,
Lux Middle School
For three separate weeks during the summer, Bright Lights conducted courses at Lux Middle School and Randolph Elementary School hosting as many as 250 students per day. Officer Norton served as a liaison to this program which has had police issues in the past which include, but are not limited to student safety, traffic congestion, parking violations and youth behavior concerns. In addition to serving as liaison, Officer Norton was able to stop by Randolph twice a week to interact with youth, serve as a role model, conduct requested presentations and handle calls for service. During the program, there were no offenses reported by students or faculty. Security for the program was well thought out & adequately staffed. Officer Norton's interactions with the students and staff were positive and well received. June 14 - July 16, 2010 Project Complete
Ofc. T. Schmidt;
SE Team 2nd Shift
Southeast Team With warm weather comes an increase in pedestrian foot traffic. Along with increased foot traffic, crimes of opportunity such as larceny from autos, vandalism, assaults, and narcotic offenses occur. Officers walked areas with higher than average foot traffic, walked through parks, trails, dimly lit parking lots in search of crimes in progress or suspicious persons. Officers were also encouraged to walk through residential neighborhoods that have a high crime rate and contact individuals that are also on foot to educate them about ways to stay safe. Officers T. Schmidt charted and compared crime rates in SE Team's A & B Beats. Based on this information, officers focused on RD's 61, 62, 63, 564, 106, 107 and 177. (Essentially, 27th - 40th/O Street - A Street and 40th - 56th/Calvert - Old Cheney.) Minibeats and schools were checked by the officers assigned. Officers worked in pairs and advised dispatch of the area (and any selective codes that are applicable) and contacts made while they were on foot patrol. Participating officers recorded 6.5 hours of foot patrol, with seven contacts made. Ofc.Schmidt analyzed the results by RD (1430hrs-2300hrs) and compare to statistics in 2009 and 2010 cold vs. warm months for assaults, vandalism, larceny and narcotics to determine if more or less crime was observed during the project period. He found that, during the course of this project, two more offenses were observed this year. This increase was partially dur to a high number of bicycle larcenies, most of which were cleared. May 1 - June 30, 2010 Project Complete
Ofc. Ground,
Ofc. Abele
Lincoln Children's Zoo From May 2009-September 2009, the Southeast Team responded to 61 bicycle thefts. Most of the bikes were left unsecured either at home or on a bike rack. In 49 of these reports, the owners did not know the serial number for the bicycle, making recovery and proving ownership difficult. Each year, the Lincoln Children's Zoo hosts a Safety Day. This year, Officers Ground and Abele worked to promote LPD's involvement in the event. Officer Abele spoke with Three Eagles Communication. The Lincoln Police Union donated money for bike locks to be purchased from the Bike Rack at a reduced cost. The locks were later raffled off to children during Safety Day. Officer Ground provided information at the event about registering bicycles and practicing bicycle safety and security. May 22, 2010 Project Complete
Ofc. Wiggins Southeast Team When the weather warms, citizens on the Southeast Team begin leaving their garages open and unattended for extended periods of time. Those actions often lead to a dramatic increase in burglaries and larcenies during the summer months. These crimes can be avoided by reminding citizens to keep their garage doors closed. When officers located a residence with an open, unattended garage door, the tenants were advised of the potential consequences. Officers made contact with the residents and/or placed flyers inside the garage. The flyers outlined our concerns and provided tips to avoid being a theft victim. During the two month period, officers made fifty open garage contacts in fifteen different reporting districts. May 1 - June 30, 2010 Project complete
Ofc. Ward Southeast High School Each year, Lincoln Southeast High School hosts a prom toward the end of the school year. The propensity to drink alcohol or use drugs increases during this time. Most students may not be thinking of the consequences and risk factors involved with driving while intoxicated. On Monday, April 26, 2010, the Lincoln Southeast Prevention Coalition and the Lincoln Council on Alcohol and Drugs sponsored a parent forum with presentations by Officer Brian Ward and Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputy Nick Heitman. The event, held at Lincoln Southeast High School, focused on prescription drug abuse as well as impaired and distracted driving by teens in Nebraska. The forum was scheduled in conjunction with prom week to bring attention to safe driving and to encourage students to "Arrive Alive". It was a huge success as representatives from Channel 10/11 news and the Lincoln Journal Star were in attendance. A wrecked vehicle was also parked outside Southeast High School, through the week, with a banner reading "Arrive Alive". The severe damage to that vehicle raised awareness of the perils of driving while under drug or alcohol intoxication. This was evident by comments made to school staff and Officer Ward. April 26 - May 1, 2010 Project Complete
Ofc. Groves, Sgt. Walsh, Crime Prevention Unit Southeast Team During late January - early February, there have been several residential burglaries where expensive items have been taken. This includes flat screen televisions, game systems, firearms and jewelry. With the exception of the jewelry, most of the stolen items were marked with a serial number. Unfortunately, many recent victims did not record this information. Law enforcement often locates items in possession of known offenders, but are unable to determine if the items are stolen without documentation of those serial numbers. Cases that could be cleared go cold because true ownership cannot be verified. To combat this problem, Officer Groves and Sergeant Walsh have developed a simple form which owners can utilize to document model and serial numbers of recently purchased items. The forms were distributed to all establishments on the SE Team that sell televisions, computer equipment and mp3 players. Additionally, the forms were given to Best Buy and Schaffer's (NE TEam). The goal is to have consumers record the pertinent information and keep the form in a secure location - in the event that the information is needed by law enforcement or an insurance company. The media was also notified of the program and KLKN Channel 8 conducted an in-depth story and interviewed Sergeant Walsh. The forms are posted on the Safety Tips portion of our public website. February-March, 2010 Project Complete
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