Hemet Police Chief Brown sends out a “Call To Action” for all citizens
Aric Bell & James Anderson / Hemet Valley Incidents
HEMET – With the City of Hemet experiencing a 50% increase in violent crime since 2010, Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown is calling for all citizens to come out to the next city council meeting and have their thoughts, complaints and issues heard and addressed.
In an independent community survey last year, crime and safety were viewed as serious problems by citizens who live in the city. The priority of the survey was to obtain feedback about public safety in Hemet and what residents feel the biggest public safety priorities are. Over 1,000 residents have provided feedback so far, according to city officials. 81% of respondents described crime as being a serious problem in Hemet.
According to a recent press release from the City of Hemet, those respondents who felt crime was a growing problem in the city of Hemet are correct.
Crime and fire statistics recently revealed the following:
- Violent crime is up 50% since 2010.
- There are 25% fewer police officers on the street today than there were in 2006.
- Last year, Hemet Fire Department responded to 16,171 calls for service.
- Gang members and drug dealers continue to enter Hemet from Los Angeles and other communities to commit crime.
- The number of parolees and sex offenders being released into Hemet is increasing.
That same survey showed that Hemet residents felt the most important immediate public service priorities included:
- Increasing the number of sworn police officers
- Maintaining 911 paramedic and emergency response services
- Tracking sex offenders and parolees
- Maintaining and enhancing police anti-gang and anti-drug units
- Maintaining and improving police and firefighting equipment
In order to come up with ideas how to resolve these problems, the Hemet City Council will hold a public hearing this Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Hemet Public Library.
“It is time to act,” says Chief Brown
Speaking about his commitment to bring about positive changes for the City of Hemet Brown said, “Our community must come together like never before if we are to stand a chance of winning this war for Hemet. If you have asked the question – or are asking yourself now – the answer is simple: It’s time to act.”
“Violent crime in Hemet is up over 50% since 2010. That’s outrageous and unacceptable. I have a reputation for being positive, optimistic and hopeful. That hasn’t changed,” Brown said. “But I also pride myself in being honest, and the honest truth today is that we are at a crossroads. Literally.”
Brown continued, “Criminals and gangs have tried to claim our town as their own. Many of you reading this message have been personally affected by crime and violence. It absolutely must stop – now – if we are to be successful in reclaiming our beautiful city.”
“During the course of my 5+ years as your police chief, the most common and frustrating question I get from well-meaning community members is, “What can we do to help?” It’s common because this community is full of people who care and who sincerely want to help solve the enormous crime and safety issues we face,” Brown said.
Brown spoke about the increasing problem, explaining, “Much of the work to be done requires the training and expertise of professional police officers. We’ve got great police officers at Hemet PD and they’re working their butts off to get a handle on it.”
“It’s no secret, Hemet has a serious crime and public safety issues.”
In a press release from the City of Hemet, officials admitted, “It’s no secret, Hemet has serious crime and public safety issues.”
One Hemet resident, Wigsby Mendoza recently spoke about the increase in crime and other problems the City of Hemet is experiencing, “The police cannot do it alone, but we need more involvement by the community. We can’t solve our problems by merely getting angry or posting negative comments about our valley online, or even cyber fighting. It’s catching up fast.”
On the City of Hemet’s website, Hemet Police chief Dave Brown and Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown said, “The bottom line is crime is a big problem and our community clearly understands it; and wants something done to fix it.
“It’s not just crime though. Public safety also requires quick 911 emergency and medical response by our firefighters and paramedics,” Hemet Fire Chief Brown said. “Paramedics are needed at every one of our fire stations to ensure rapid response by our city’s Paramedics, Firefighters and emergency medical workers who are the first to respond to fires and medical emergencies. This is critical to saving lives.”
“As Hemet’s public safety chiefs, we work hard to address our community’s safety issues, such as crime prevention and investigation, anti-gang and drug programs, fire protection, or 911 emergencies and medical response,” the press release stated. “We are extremely concerned about having the necessary number of sworn police officers patrolling city streets and firefighter/paramedics on duty to keep our city’s residents safe.”
“The fact is, we’re not getting a handle on it.”
Police Chief Brown continued, “The fact is, we’re not getting a handle on it. In spite of being one of the highest rated police departments in the county, the loss of 30% of our police force has put us at a distinct disadvantage as we deal with thousands of criminals being released from state prison and county jail”.
“Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown and I will present an aggressive plan to take our city back and improve your safety, security and quality of life,” Police Chief Brown said about the upcoming meeting.
“Please come and hear the plan. Voice your concerns to your city council. Your presence will make a difference. This may be the most important meeting in the city’s history. If you want to help, the time is now,”
“This is a chance for our voices to be heard.”
Aric Bell and James Anderson, of Hemet Valley Incidents, spoke about the importance of attending the next city counsel meeting. “It’s time to voice some concerns this Tuesday at the Hemet public library. We will be attending and recording the session, but this is a chance for our voices to be heard,” Anderson said.
“Anyone who can not make it and has a concern you would like addressed, feel free to comment and share you thoughts and feelings so we can share that information with police and fire officials,” Anderson said.
Anderson continued, “It is very important that we are heard as a strong and united community to show our interest in saving our town, lowering crime rate and supporting our law enforcement that do such a great job with such little help. Let’s take our town back.”
Echoing Anderson’s thoughts about the dramatic rise in violent crime over the last few years, Bell said, “My thing is the city council can once and for all clear up some long standing issues regarding crime and criminals in our city.”
“We need to hear from you”
“The simple truth is we need to deal with public safety immediately,” the city’s web site explained. “Criminals from outside the city will not stop coming into our community to commit crimes and 911 emergency and medical response times must remain fast to save lives.”
“We need to continue to hear from you,” according to city officials. “The Hemet City Council will be holding an important discussion about Hemet’s public safety priorities, problems and challenges, and potential plans to address them, as recommended by ourselves as Hemet’s Police and Fire Chiefs, and the Ad Hoc Revenue Committee at the February 23rd City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Hemet Library, located at 300 E. Latham Ave., Hemet. The meeting is open to the public.”
With the rise in violent crime rates and public safety being such serious issues in City if Hemet, there is no question that the community needs to be more involved. Any and all residents concerned about crime and public safety in Hemet are encouraged to attend.
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