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    By Sheryl Hamlin
    At the January 15, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting, Interim Police Chief Matthew Rodriguez reported on the Police department activities for the last 90 days.Opening with the statement “there is a lot to be proud of”, the Chief then summarized months and months of critical police data in a few slides.

    Effects of Legislation

    Three State law changes and one pending Federal mandate have necessitated months of record keeping. Chief Rodriguez reported that City Manager Singer aided this effort by approving temporary staffing in the Records Department.

    The State legislative changes requiring hundreds of hours of records changes were:

    -Legalization of Marijuana wherein all previous marijuana convictions MUST be expunged from all records.
    -Proposition 47 decriminalized 100 felony offenses.
    -Assembly Bill 109 (“realignment”) mandated early release.

    And at the Federal level, the FBI is increasing the Part 1 Crime category from 8 types of crimes to hundreds, for which the records department must be prepared.

    Firearms Audit

    Chief Rodriguez reported that it took four months to audit all firearms in possession of SPPD including 350 in evidence. The department purchased software to manage firearms.

    Evidence Audit

    The Evidence Clerk Kate Bader reviewed over 12,000 items of evidence with 7,289 retained, thus saving the department $5,000 a month in off-side storage.

    High Profile Cases Solved

    Without dwelling on the criminals, the Chief highlighted the high profile crimes on which the detectives focused intensely working 24X7 to solve these crimes.

    New Reserve Officer

    Working with the Reserve Commander, they are increasing staffing as evidenced by the earlier swearing in of Shawn Virani.

    Shawn Virani sworn in by Acting Deputy Clerk Nunez

    Shawn Virani sworn in by Acting Deputy Clerk Nunez

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