Community Police Commission seeking input at 10/24 EastPAC meeting
The Community Police Commission (CPC) was created to provide a vehicle for community input into the police reform process now underway as part of the settlement agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The CPC has been working over the last few months to develop policy recommendations in a number of areas, specifically bias-free policing, stops and detentions, in-car video recordings and use of force.
The CPC plays a key role in the reform efforts. The CPC's charge is to seek community input and represent a broad range of community perspectives in their recommendations to the DOJ.
We will have the opportunity to voice our opinions, experiences and perceptions about the Police Department's procedures relating to racial profiling, use of force and other key issues.
Our upcoming October 24th East Precinct Advisory Council (EastPAC) meeting will feature the CPC's Acting Director, Betsy Graef, who will be looking for key community input on these issues.
Here is our chance to be heard, for your voice to become a policy recommendation! Please attend and talk about your experiences, perceptions and opinions.
East Precinct Advisory Council
Thursday, October 24 th , 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Seattle University, Chardin Hall, room 142
1020 East Jefferson (enter at 11 th and Jefferson, park free in front of building)
Let's show the CPC, as well as the US Department of Justice, that we have a powerful voice!
Community Policing Office
The men and women of the Santa Barbara Police Department are pleased to announce the creation of the Franklin Neighborhood Center Community Policing Office located at 1136 E. Montecito Street. This one-year pilot program is the result of a collaboration between the Santa Barbara Police Department and the Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department. The goals of the program are to increase police presence at and around the Franklin Neighborhood Center, to enhance our community oriented policing efforts by providing a location away from the Police Station where citizens can interact with officers in their community, and to augment programs and other activities at the Franklin Neighborhood Center by providing a greater sense of security for both staff and participants.
A brief ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Community Policing Office will be held at the Franklin Neighborhood Center on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
From the Department of Justice
Two Compton Men Plead Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges Resulting from New Year's Eve Attack on African-American Youths
Two Latino men associated with the Compton 155 street gang pleaded guilty today to federal hate crime charges related to a racially motivated attack on African-American juveniles at a residence in Compton, Calif. on New Year's Eve.
Jeffrey Aguilar, 20, who uses the moniker “Terco,” and Efren Marquez Jr., 22, who is also known as “Stretch” and “Junior,” each pleaded guilty to violating the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Hate Crime Prevention Act.
Appearing before United States District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr., Aguilar admitted that on Dec. 31, 2012, he and another individual physically attacked a 17-year-old African-American, who was walking down a street in the City of Compton. Aguilar chased down and struck the victim in the head with a metal pipe. During the incident, Marquez threatened to shoot another African-American juvenile who was present. Both Aguilar and Marquez admitted that the attack on the 17-year-old victim was substantially motivated by his race and color.
“These juvenile victims were threatened and assaulted because of their race,” said Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “Such intimidation and violence has no place in our society. The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute those who commit such acts of hate.”
“The perpetrators of hate crimes hurt not only the individuals who are attacked, but also society as a whole,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. “For this reason, we are dedicated to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that justice is brought to those who choose to commit such heinous crimes.”
“Finding justice for victims of civil rights violations is among the most important responsibilities of FBI agents,” said Bill Lewis, Assistant Director for the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office. “The success of this case is due to the shared goals and long-term cooperation between the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the FBI, and prosecutors at the Department of Justice.”
“Hate crimes affect not only the victims, they also destroy our society's democratic principles” said Sheriff Lee Baca of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. “Law enforcement is dedicated to protecting the civil rights of all members of our community. The success of this joint investigation sends a message that racially motivated crimes will not be tolerated.”
Aguilar and Marquez are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Hatter on Jan. 6, 2014. At sentencing, each defendant will face a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Reema El-Amamy of the Violent and Organized Crime Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office and Trial Attorney Saeed Mody of the Civil Rights Division.
From the FBI
National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2013
October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Established by presidential directive in 2004, the initiative—administered by the Department of Homeland Security—raises cyber security awareness across the nation by engaging and educating public and private sector partners through a variety of events and programs. The ultimate goal is to protect the country from cyber incidents and respond to them effectively if they do occur.
The FBI is heavily invested in protecting the country's cyber interests. We lead the national effort to investigate high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, espionage, computer intrusions, and major cyber fraud. To stay in front of current and emerging trends, we gather and share information and intelligence with public and private-sector partners worldwide.
But cyber security is a job for everyone. Every American who uses digital technologies at home or in the office needs to play a part in cyber security. If you open a virus-laden e-mail attachment at work, for example, you could infect your entire company's computer network.
Here are a few basic steps you can take to be more cyber secure:
Set strong passwords, and don't share them with anyone.
Keep a clean machine—your operating system, browser, and other critical software are optimized by installing regular updates.
Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
Limit the amount of personal information you post online, and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The FBI also runs several other cyber-related programs, including the Internet Crime Complaint Center —a partnership between the Bureau and the National White Collar Crime Center that serves as a clearinghouse for triaging cyber complaints and provides an easy-to-use online tool for reporting these complaints—and the Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program, a nationwide initiative designed to educate children about the dangers they face on the Internet and to help prevent crimes against children. And to broaden the reach of SOS, today we launched a Spanish-language version of its learning portals.
For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the FBI's cyber programs, and other cyber-related matters including how to report cyber crimes and scams, visit the links below: