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Neighborhood Prosecution Unit

If you’ve ever wondered whose job it is to listen to your safety concerns and solve them, I invite you to meet Danielle Stroud.

Danielle is a Deputy City Attorney and Neighborhood Prosecutor working in partnership with the San Diego Police Department and other agencies to aggressively combat crime that impacts our quality of life.

Through her division, Downtown’s Neighborhood Prosecution Unit, she works closely with the Neighborhood Resource Team, and the community to identify, creatively solve, and prosecute misdemeanor crimes. Crimes such as pedicab violations, drug offenses, prostitution, graffiti, alcohol offenses, trespassing, illegal lodging and transient issues.

For more information, call (619) 533-5500. -Last update January 2013.

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Downtown San Diego Community CourtDowntown Community Court

The Downtown Community Court was implemented in October 2002 to address quality of life crimes which negatively impact property values and impede healthy economic development in Downtown neighborhoods.

Downtown Community Court holds offenders accountable to the community by requiring them to “pay” their debt back through community work service in the specific neighborhood where the crime took place.

Eligible quality of life crimes include: trespassing, simple battery, petty theft, public intoxication, possession of marijuana, vandalism, resisting arrest, urinating/defecating in public, graffiti, and select municipal codes for the ballpark.

The majority of offenses are from pedicab violations and for possession of marijuana, with a few citations being issued for petty theft, resisting arrest, and trespassing.

For more information, contact the Community Court Coordinator at (619) 234-8900. -Last update January 2013.

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R. S. V. P.

The retirees who participate in Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (R.S.V.P.) come from a wide range of former careers.

For more information, call 619-446-1016. -Last update January 2013.

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Illegal Lodging

According to City Ordinance 647J, it is illegal to have a tent on public property, and a citation will result in doing so. Homeless individuals; however, are permitted to sleep in parks during the hours permitted.

If you have a concern or are a witness to illegal activities performed by homeless individuals, be a good neighbor and call the San Diego Police non-emergency number (619) 531-2000 and make the report. -Last update June 2008.

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Sign up for CrimeMapping Alerts

In an effort to increase the interaction between the community and the Police Department, a neighborhood CrimeMapping has been developed. The purpose of CrimeMapping is to alert people by email daily of any criminal activity in their specific neighborhoods. Anyone living within the City of San Diego is eligible to subscribe to this service. Sign up here. -Last update January 2013.

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Letter of Agency

Do you need a Letter of Agency?

A Letter of Agency allows the San Diego Police Department to act as the owner’s agent for purposes of enforcing laws against any person(s) found on the private property without owners consent or without lawful purpose.

Additionally, if a situation occurs in the public right of way outside of your business/residence, including trespassing or illegal lodging by homeless individuals, Clean & Safe Safety Ambassadors can assist.

In order to file a Letter of Agency, a Trespass Arrest Authorization Form must be filled out, signed by the property owner or business manager and the original sent to the Clean & Safe Office for processing and sticker pick-up.

It is highly recommended that your agency keep a Letter of Agency on file; it is much simpler for the San Diego Police Department and Clean and Safe to enforce violations of the law with a Letter of Agency.

To obtain a Trespass Arrest Authorization Form, click here. -Last update January 2013.

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Report Disturbances Emitting from ABC Establishments

ABC establishments are businesses that have been licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. If one of these particular businesses are experiencing criminal activity or other disturbances, you can report the incident with the press of a button. The San Diego Police Department is now providing the public with an "ABC Establishment Citizen Complaint Form." To obtain a form, click here. -Last update January 2013.

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Urban Blight: Graffiti

Most graffiti is gang-related, sprayed on by would-be gang members and referred to as “tagging.” It is recognizable by its altered letters and odd messages.

For information on reporting graffiti, go to the Reporting Graffiti. -Last update January 2013.

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San Diego CERT

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

During the first few hours and days after a disaster strikes, emergency services could be overwhelmed, leaving families, neighborhoods and businesses on their own for hours or days.

The CERT program is designed to train residents, local organizations, and workplaces in basic response and organizational skills that can be employed in their neighborhood.

San Diego Fire-Rescue instructors teach citizens to take life-saving action to help families, neighbors, businesses and communities get through the first few hours or days when emergency services are overwhelmed. Citizens are trained in safe, basic emergency skills valuable in any major disaster, such as fires, earthquakes, floods, and terrorism events.

Community groups, such as Homeowners Associations, are encouraged to attend together. However, an individual can benefit from the training.

For more information, call (619) 533-4453, email cert@sandiego.gov, or visit www.sandiego.gov/fire/services/cert. -Last update January 2013.

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