Community Relations


The Community Relations Bureau is a vital part of the Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit.  The Community Relations Bureau consists of a Sergeant, David Leon and Community Service Officers, Cynthia Espinoza.  The Community Relations Bureau is responsible for implementing community outreach programs that promote the police department’s image in a positive way by communicating our mission to the community and members of our organization.

The bureau is staffed Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. You may contact the Community Relations Bureau at (626) 813-5235, (626) 960-1955 ext.235, 404 or by email.

Community Service Officer Cynthia Espinoza

cvaldez@baldwinpark.com

 

Sergeant David Leon

dleon@baldwinpark.com

Programs and Services

Neighborhood Watch Program

Making Baldwin Park Safer One Block at a Time

The Baldwin Park Neighborhood Watch Program is a free crime prevention program designed to give the necessary tools to residents to educate them on how to keep their families safe. The purpose of the program is to allow the community and police department to work in partnership in keeping our residential neighborhoods safe. Members of the Neighborhood Watch Program serve as extra eyes and ears for their community and the police department. Members learn how to make their homes more secure, and they learn how to report suspicious activity to the police. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors, also a great way to meet different members of the police department. It is easy to start a Neighborhood Watch group in your area.

For more information, contact Community Services Officer, Cynthia Valdez at 626-813-5235 or by email at cvaldez@baldwinpark.com

Business Watch Program

The Baldwin Park Business Watch Program is an association among the business community and the Baldwin Park Police Department.

The mission of this association:

  • To support business owners and employees with crime related problems.
  • To provide business owners and employees with informative training seminars on business crime prevention.
  • To develop knowledge of personal safety issues.
  • To develop a network of instant crime alerts within the business community.
  • To build relationships among the business community and the police department.

The Baldwin Park Business Watch Program is a free program designed to give local merchants the skills to safeguard their businesses and employees against crime. The Baldwin Park Police Department goal is to work with you towards protecting you from harm or reducing crime at your business.

Civilian Ride Along Program

The Ride Along Program allows interested citizens to ride along with a beat officer during a regular patrol shift. This program allows its community members to come on a ride along and learn how the local and police officers handle day to day situations. Participants must sign a liability waiver and are subject to a computerized records check.

Requirements

  • Participation in the program requires that you: Be a resident, a student, or employed in the City of Baldwin Park
  • Be at least 16 years of age (signature of parent / guardian needed)
  • Have no criminal record
  • Have no medical restrictions that might jeopardize your safety or the safety of the department personnel
  • Be neat and clean in appearance when you arrive for your ride-along – casual attire is acceptable
  • May ride-along once every six months
  • Ride-alongs are subject to cancellation by the operations supervisor if any of the above criteria is not met

Exceptions are at the Watch Commanders discretion. All applicants are subject to a security check prior to ride-along approval.
(Attach Ride-along waiver)

Volunteer/Intern Program

Our goal at the City is to provide as many services to the public as possible. Volunteers and interns are a huge part of that effort. We hope to engage volunteers and interns in meaningful work that benefits the community and the people we serve. In turn, we do our best to make the experience valuable for the volunteers and interns who give their time.

The Volunteer/Intern Program is designed for individuals who are interested in volunteering in the department. The program is designed with flexibility in mind to better meet the needs and interest of each individual, as this allows effective contribution and positive outcome on the community. There are many different volunteer opportunities within the department including police facility tour guide, neighborhood watch assistant, and many more.

 

Stranger Danger Program

This program is intended for children in preschool through kindergarten. The Stranger Danger program teaches children the differences between good strangers and bad strangers and what to do when approached by one.

9-1-1 for Kids Program

This program is intended for children in grades 1-3. Students will learn the importance of using 9-1-1 in cases of emergencies. This program covers responsible use of 9-1-1 and in what situations should 9-1-1 be used.

Amber Watch Be Safe! Program (student program & parent program)

The Amber Watch BE Safe! Program is similar to that of the Stranger Danger however this program is intended for students in grades 1-6 as well as a parent segment. This program teaches students what to do if strangers approach them; also it covers a sensitive subject of “good touch” “bad touch.”

This program also has a parent segment to reinforce the students program.

Sexting Presentation

A dangerous new practice can have serious legal and psychological consequences for your teen. It’s called SEXTING-sending sexually explicit text messages or photographs from cell phones.

The Baldwin Park Police Department provides community workshops designed to educate parents and students on the dangers of sexting and the consequences teens can face.

Parents do you know the dangers? 1 in 5 teens have sent a nude or semi-nude photo of themselves via cell phone according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

SERVICES

Home Security Inspections

A Community Service Officer will come to your home or apartment to conduct a residential security inspection at no cost.

Property Engravers-Operation Identification

Engravers are available free of charge to be loaned out to citizens who participate in “Operation Identification.” Having your property engraved is an important factor when the property is recovered. Victims have a better chance of their property being returned if it is easily identified.

Commercial Security Inspections

Inspections are done free of charge for commercial and industrial businesses to give owners and employees suggestions on improving the security of their business.

Child Identification Program

The Community Relations Bureaus provides fingerprint kits for parents with children. The kit includes all the information a police department would need in case a child is missing. This kit also includes a color photo of the child.

Car Seat Fitting Inspections

Inspections are offered free on an appointment basis only. Learn up to date information on car seat recalls and new laws. Contact Krystal Saenz at 626-960-1955 Ext:401 or 402 Monday-Thursday from 9:30am to 5:30pm for an appointment.

Speakers Bureau/Information Displays

The Community Relations Bureau provides police professionals for speaking engagements at community organizations, service clubs and other special requests.

Megan’s Law Website

In response to seven-year-old Megan Kanba from Hamilton Township, New Jersey sexual assault and murder by a convicted sex offender on July 29, 1994, the federal government passed a legislation making it mandatory for all sex offenders to register with local law enforcement, and making this information available to the public.

California’s Megan’s Law provides the public with certain information on the locations of sex offenders so that our local communities can protect themselves and their children.

View the State of California Megan ‘s Law Website, a database of registered sex offenders in California . Interested viewers must schedule an appointment and have proper identification.

Megan’s Law Web Site for the California Department of Justice.

 

Crime Reports

Have you ever seen flashing blue lights in your neighborhood and wanted to know what was going on? Do you want to find out how safe your neighborhood really is? Now you can, through a new partnership between the Baldwin Park Police Department and Crime Reports, creators of the National Crime Map, at www.CrimeReports.com .The Community Relations Bureaus provides crime statistics to individuals interested in purchasing property or opening a business in our community.

Crime Stoppers

The Baldwin Park Police Department has partnered with the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers anonymous crime reporting program. Crime Stoppers is a confidential tip line where citizens with information about a crime can call a hotline, text or log into the Crime Stoppers website and provide tip information. Crime Stoppers is 100 percent anonymous. Each caller is assigned a private code and their identity is always encrypted. If the information leads to an arrest, the tipster is eligible to receive a reward up to $1000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted 3 ways; by telephone, internet, or by text. Tip hotline call centers are open 24 hours a day-seven days a week.

Below are the different ways that callers can leave tips anonymously.

To submit a tip by telephone; call 800-222-TIPS(8477)

To submit a tip by internet visit http://www.lacrimestoppers.org click on the link or visit www.baldwinpark.com clink on the link

Police Tours

The Community Relations Bureau regularly conducts tours of the police station for school and community groups. Visitors have an opportunity to visit our police jail, communications center and police firing range.

Special Events

The “Red Ribbon Week” is now the oldest and largest drug prevention and awareness program in the nation reaching millions of young people during the week of October 23 through 31st. It is an ideal way for Schools, Citizens, Police and other City Officials to unite and take a visible stand against drugs.

The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Week is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG-FREE AMERICA.

Every year the Community Relations Bureau in cooperation with the Baldwin Park Unified School District participates in Red Ribbon Week activities for elementary schools and high schools. Red Ribbon Week is a celebration of a drug free life where we can demonstrate the dangers of drunk driving using special goggles and a special vehicle.

Career Fairs

The Community Relations Bureau participates in annual career fairs for the local high schools. At this event, information about current openings and volunteer/ intern programs are displayed along with information on the departments community programs and services.

Annual Daffodil Day; Gift of Hope Campaign

The Community Relations Bureau participates in the annual gift of hope campaign sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. At this event, CSO’s distribute daffodils to cancer patients.

Back to School Nights/School Open Houses

At the request of any school the Community Relations Bureau will participate in their Back to School Night or Open House. At these events, information regarding crime prevention programs and services are distributed.