Tustin Police Department

  • Agency: Tustin Police Department
  • Address: 300 Centennial Way, Tustin, 92780 CA
  • Chief: Scott M Jordan (Chief of Police)
Phone: (714) 573-3200

Tustin Police Department is located at 300 Centennial Way, Tustin, 92780 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Scott M Jordan. The Tustin Police Department phone number is (714) 573-3200.

Tustin Police Department News

Thursday January 11th, was a very sad day for TPD’s K-9 Program. Regretfully, after four years of faithful service to the community and the Tustin Police Department, 7-year-old police service dog Riggs was put down that afternoon to save him the suffering from the ravages of a terminal illness. In early January a lump was detected on his neck by his handler, Officer Eric Kent. A biopsy was performed and the results came back a week later as bone cancer which is essentially a terminal illness in dogs that can be treated, but one where the results are merely the prolonging of the animal’s pain and suffering. As you can understand, upon hearing the news, Eric, his family and the members of the TPD’s K9 program were devastated. Riggs’ condition was rapidly deteriorating and although he had a very high tolerance for pain and possessed a true warrior spirit, it was clear he was suffering. Our City veterinarian diagnosed him with two weeks to live. Riggs came to us from The Netherlands by way of Adlerhorst International in Riverside four years ago when Eric selected him from numerous other dogs during a “show day”. Eric and Riggs formed an almost instant bond with Eric being an experienced handler and Riggs being a big 3 ½ year old Dutch Shepherd with an equally big attitude. They lived together, trained together and fought together and through it all, developed a bond that only they could understand. Over that time, they took guns off the street, dope away from drug dealers, frightened some of the most hardened criminals into surrendering at the mere sight of them, handled hundreds of alarm calls to keep other officers free to handle higher priority calls and proactivity and performed dozens of PR events. Riggs will be sorely missed but never forgotten. He passed away in the comfort of his own home, the Kent residence, under the supervision of the City veterinarian the afternoon of the 11th. Riggs’ remains will be cremated and retained by Eric and his family.

STREET RACING UPDATE: Over the past three months, the police department began a directed enforcement program in areas of the city where street racing has been known to occur. We also focused on areas where we have received numerous citizen complaints about street racing. We began with extra patrol checks and enforcement from our patrol and traffic divisions during early evening hours. In the past three months, officers conducted 93 patrol checks in the target areas. We then conducted two special enforcement details, one in October and one in November. Street racing occurs randomly and can be difficult to target, so we decided to consistently conduct special enforcement details on the weekends during the month of December. In all, we conducted 10 special operations focused on street racing enforcement. As we mentioned in the original post, our combined effort produced 427 total enforcement stops and 325 citations. One of these enforcement stops turned into a vehicle pursuit, which we cancelled for the safety of the public. We did however, locate the vehicle and driver at a later date. Several citations were issued for vehicles traveling in excess of 100 mph. One of the citations issued was for a vehicle traveling 123 mph on our city street! Additionally, we made 15 arrests as a result of the extra enforcement. In response to several of the comments, some vehicles were towed but it is difficult to determine how many because we do not generally keep statistics on the number of vehicles we tow. We will continue to work with the community to target street racing on the streets of Tustin. If you ever see or hear street racing occurring on our streets, please call us immediately so we can address it as it is occurring. The safety and security of our citizens and those passing through on our streets are of the utmost importance to us and together we can keep our streets safe.

The City of Tustin is hosting its annual Blood Drive tomorrow, January 18, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clifton C. Miller Community Center. If you would like to participate in this blood drive, please make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org and use the Sponsor Code: Tustin. If you are unable to make an appointment online, please contact Giselle Guzman at (714) 573-3371 or gguzman@tustinca.org. The Clifton C. Miller Community Center is located at 300 Centennial Way, Tustin CA. 92780. We hope to see you there!

Some of you may have noticed the significant police presence tonight around the Starbucks in Larwin Square. We received several calls regarding a subject seen loading a handgun and placing it into his waistband inside the store. Officers from our North Area Patrol Division, Gang Unit, and K9 Unit responded to the location. The subject was detained and disarmed without incident. The investigation revealed the subject was on probation for prior weapons charges, but in today’s case the weapon was an airsoft gun. As you can see by the photograph, even the writing on the gun would lead a layperson to believe it was a Sig Sauer handgun. The subject was arrested and booked at Orange County Jail.

Join Mayor Al Murray, Tustin P.D. and the OC Fire Authority for a free, informational town hall meeting to learn about wildfire preparedness. Free giveaways to the first 150 attendees and a Q & A with an expert panel. For your convenience, 2 meetings are offered at the Tustin MarketPlace Community Center at 2961 El Camino Real: 1/20 from 10am-11:30am 1/23 from 7pm-8:30pm Questions can be submitted in advance to https://cityoftustin.seamlessdocs.com/f/townhall Please RSVP at https://cityoftustin.seamlessdocs.com/f/wildfirepreparedness

Pictured is Officer Mike McJunkin. Officer McJunkin holds a certificate in the Administration of Justice from Citrus College. In 2017, he came to us as a lateral deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Officer McJunkin has always wanted to work for a smaller police department so he can build relationships and engage with the community through his policing efforts. After 16 weeks in the field training program, tonight officer McJunkin was released out on his own. He will continue to be trained and mentored by senior officers on his shift and his field sergeant. Pictured with Officer McJunkin are two of his FTOs, Officers Houle and Gomez. Congratulations Mike and we wish you the best of luck in your career at Tustin PD.

ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON/PURSUIT/ARREST Yesterday at approximately 9:00 AM, officers were dispatched to a hit and run that occurred in the 200 block of Main St. Upon arrival, officers learned that the incident included the suspect brandishing a knife, a theft of a purse, and an assault with a deadly weapon. After receiving the suspect vehicle description, an officer located the vehicle on Main St. near the 55 freeway overpass. The suspect, later identified as Carlos Hutchinson DOB 9-26-97, did not stop and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. The pursuit lasted approximately two minutes but was discontinued by the officer when Hutchinson’s driving became too dangerous in the wet weather and placed the community at risk. TPD officers continued searching for the vehicle and it was spotted an hour later parked in the 1600 block of El Camino Real occupied by Hutchinson and Juan Chavez DOB 9-2-91. Officers conducted a high risk stop on the vehicle and Chavez, who followed commands, was taken into custody without incident. Hutchinson refused to exit the vehicle and had to be extricated. During this process, Hutchinson resisted arrest, but was ultimately taken into custody. One officer was injured during the arrest and was treated at a local hospital. Hutchinson was booked at Orange County Jail for various charges including assault with a deadly weapon. Chavez, who was found to have methamphetamine and Xanax in his possession, was booked at Orange County Jail for possession for sales. This case illustrates how quickly a minor incident such as a hit and run call can escalate and put our officers and community at risk. We are pleased none of our citizens were injured during this incident and we would like to wish our injured officer a speedy recovery. The stolen purse, containing a camera filled with holiday photos, was recovered and returned to its lawful owner.

Today, January 9th, is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. We would like to thank and recognize all the brave men and women who protect and serve their communities to keep our nation safe.

STREET RACING ENFORCEMENT UPDATE: As a result of street racing that has been occurring in our city, we began a directed enforcement program. During the program, 10 operations were conducted, 325 citations were issued, 102 drivers were warned, and 15 arrests were made. Street racing is an illegal act that endangers everyone in our community and we will be proactive in this area. Because this activity can develop very quickly, we need the help of our community to deal with this problem more effectively. Please contact us immediately at 714-573-3225 if you suspect street racing is occurring. Together we can make a difference and make our streets safer. UPDATE 1-10-18: Thanks for all the feedback on this issue. Street racing enforcement is obviously as important to our community as it is to us. We have a lot more information on our street racing operations that we will share with you very soon, but we wanted to get out some basic facts to let our community know we are addressing the issue. Please look for the update soon.

"Fritz said it would be like this..." The rain should start tonight and continue throughout the day tomorrow. The first rain of the season always leaves the roads slippery. Please leave for work early, anticipate delays, and be a safe and courteous driver.

TODAY WE REMEMBER OFFICER WALDRON KARP: 45 years ago today, Tustin Police Officer Waldron Karp succumbed to gunshot wounds he received a month earlier when he responded to a shots fired call in the 13300 block of Diamond Head Dr. During the call, Officer Karp located a man with a rifle who was hiding underneath a vehicle. Gun fire was exchanged and Officer Karp, Orange County Deputy Sheriff Tim Stewart, and the suspect were hit. Officer Karp fought valiantly while in the hospital, but he passed away on January 7th, 1973. Deputy Sheriff Stewart and the suspect both survived the gunfight. Officer Karp’s actions that day serve to remind us of the dangers our officers face every time they go into the field to protect our community. To honor Officer Karp's bravery and sacrifice, the day shift patrol officers will be wearing their Class "A" uniforms while serving our community today. Prior to going into the field, the officers gathered around our fallen officer memorial and reflected for a moment on Officer Karp's service to Tustin and to his country as a Navy veteran. If you see our officers in the field today, please let them know you are aware of Officer Karp and his sacrifice 45 years ago.

Today we are at the Orange County Sheriff's Academy conducting physical agility testing for future police officers. For those who pass the physical agility portion of the process, the next step will be an oral interview.

Here is our next Community Update. We hope this information gives you a glimpse of what we do and what is impacting our community. SUPERVISOR RECAP 1-3-2018 @ 9:58 AM – Officers responded to the 16300 block of McFadden Ave. regarding a possible deceased body. Officers checked the apartment of a resident who had not been seen for several weeks and found a deceased adult male. The investigation is ongoing, but it appears the death was from natural causes. 1-1-2018 @ 1:19 PM – Officers responded with the Orange County Fire Authority to the 15900 block of Myrtle Ave. regarding a family dispute. Upon arrival, officers determined the dispute was over a family member’s failing health and a “Do Not Resuscitate” order. The order was found to be valid and the family member passed away. 1-1-2018 @ 1:10 PM – Officers responded to the 2600 block of Park Ave. regarding a female running through the parking lot punching vehicles and breaking side view mirrors. The female was arrested and booked at Orange County Jail. 12-29-2017 @ 2:13 AM – An officer was conducting surveillance in the 14000 block of Franklin Ave. due to recent burglaries in the area when he observed an male adult inside the property of a closed business. The male was detained, found to be on probation for theft, and was ultimately arrested and booked at Orange County Jail. TRAFFIC UPDATE On 12-29-2017, TPD officers conducted a “Know Your Limits” operation where they went into local establishments that serve alcohol and allowed people the opportunity to voluntarily check their potential impairment with a Preliminary Alcohol Screening Device (PAS). The program’s primary purpose is to educate drinkers on being responsible and knowing their limit in regards to drinking and driving. The officers contacted 70 people and had some very positive community engagement as a result of the program. CRIME ANALYSIS UPDATE Thanks to observant citizens, we have recently arrested 10 subjects for breaking into cars, stealing packages and stealing mail. In each incident, a witness or victim called TPD when they observed suspicious or criminal behavior. Because of your vigilance, these crimes were solved at the patrol level which lightens the load for our Detectives. Keep up the good work and please do not hesitate to call us if you see something you think is suspicious. 714-573-3225. COMMUNITY RELATIONS UNIT We are currently accepting applications for the Tustin Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) course sponsored by the Tustin Police Department The Tustin Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Course is a 24-hour FEMA approved program that provides you with the basic skills to respond to your family, neighborhood and community’s needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services may not be immediately available. By working together, CERT members can assist in saving lives and protecting property using the basic techniques taught in this course. Course instruction is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority and the Tustin Police Department. This course is currently offered twice per year (Spring and Fall). Course Schedule: All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm starting on March 7th and ending on April 25th. If you are interested, please visit “Disaster Preparedness” at www.tustinpd.org or contact Joe Meyers at the Tustin Police Department at TustinCERT@tustinca.org or at (714) 573-3294. PHOTO: This week’s photo is our new DUI Enforcement trailer. We will be able to use this trailer at DUI/Driver’s License check points, and at the scene of major injury traffic collisions. This trailer was funded by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety and was spearheaded by Officer Casiello.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR LIMIT? In an effort to help curb driving under the influence (DUI) statistics, the Tustin Police Department is conducting its “Know Your Limit” program on Friday, December 29, 2017 at various drinking establishments in The District. The “Know Your Limit” program is where several police officers periodically visit various drinking establishments in the early evening hours. These officers interact with patrons in an effort to educate them on alcohol’s effects on the body, handing out educational materials that contain information about the alcohol content of various drinks, DUI penalties and taxi fares in the area, and answering questions. The officers do not ask for identification, but they do keep records of gender, age and city of residence. Patrons are asked how much they’ve had to drink and if they think they could safely drive. These patrons are then offered the opportunity to test those perceptions by voluntarily checking their potential impairment with a Preliminary Alcohol Screening Device (PAS). The program’s primary purpose is to educate drinkers on being responsible. The Tustin Police Department invites the participation of representatives of community service programs and other agencies such as Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) who have a vested interest in the goal of reducing DUI drivers, collisions and fatalities. These exchanges promote learning, shared interests, techniques and procedures that are working and increases teamwork between agencies that have vested interests in alcohol related problems. The “Know Your Limit” program has proved to be an effective way to reach the public here in Tustin; it makes its officers more approachable, provides more transparency about how the PAS devices work and ultimately provides a greater reach than past enforcement practices. For example, if the police department arrests three people in one night, they only affect those three people. If the same police department contacts 30 to 50 people a night, the odds are that they stand a better chance to have a bigger impact on reducing DUI deaths and injuries. In addition, the contacts are positive and a more pleasurable experience for both the officers and the citizens. Drinking establishments have the added benefit of seeing officers in their businesses more, assisting their employees with education, identifying potential problems and addressing concerns with patrons. This opens up the communication between officers and business owners, creating a more comfortable and professional working relationship. The fact that police officers are interacting more often and more closely with businesses allows them to have better connections with the community, keep on top of trends and identify problems earlier. The Tustin Police Department is looking to build on the “Know Your Limit” program which seems to be gaining momentum very quickly in the city. Anyone interested in the program is welcome to contact Sergeant Coe at 714-573-3200 or the Tustin Police Department at www.tustinpd.org.

Here is our next Community Update. We hope you enjoy the information and have a very safe holiday season. SUPERVISOR RECAP 12-17-17 @ 8:44 AM - An officer stopped a person in the 16000 block of Main St. for a city code violation. During the contact, the person fled from the officer. The officer pursued the subject and ended up having to tackle him to stop him. After being tackled, the subject resisted arrest but was ultimately taken into custody. The officer and suspect both received some minor scrapes/cuts from the incident. CRIME ANALYSIS UPDATE We have seen a rise in motorcycle thefts in all areas of the city. We believe the suspects are using a van or truck to steal the motorcycles. Suspects case large parking lots or parking structures looking for an unsecured motorcycle then use a makeshift ramp to put the motorcycle in the truck or van. If you see similar suspicious behavior, please call TPD and we can determine if the subjects have legitimate business with the motorcycle. TRAFFIC UNIT UPDATE: We will be conducting a "Know Your Limits" operation next week. This is typically an enjoyable night for our officers and the community members they encounter, but it is also very educational and can potentially save lives. Look for more information on this in the next few days. COMMUNITY RELATIONS UNIT - SHOPPING TIPS Always plan your day; know where you are going and what you are doing. And let a friend or family member know your plans. Carry a cell phone and have emergency phone numbers available. If you are carrying large amounts of money, separate your money into the amounts needed and place them in different pockets. Park directly under lights and as close to the entrance doors as possible. Do not burden yourself with packages in the lot. Drive to the entrance and have the packages delivered to your car. Most shopping centers offer this service, especially during the holidays. Don’t forget to lock up your car doors and windows. If you must leave items in the car, place them out of sight. If placing them in the trunk, do it prior to your arrival. Placing items in the trunk just before leaving your car is an open invitation to any observer with criminal intent. Carry only what you need to make your purchases - your ID, cash, a checkbook, and one or two credit cards. Do not flash cash - Be cautious about how you handle your money and credit cards, and carry these items close to your person (i.e. in your front pants pocket). Leave backpacks and large purses at home. The safest way to shop on the Internet is to use a credit card. It is a good idea to use the same one for each of those transactions. If you use a debit card or a check card, it can expose your bank account to theft. Debit and check cards are not protected by federal law to the extent that credit cards are. PHOTO: When Santa is in town, he always asks if he can check our list because he believes we have a better idea of who has been naughty and who has been nice. While Santa was checking our list, we noticed an uncanny resemblance between Santa and Lt. Bob Wright.

DID YOU SEE IT? If you were wondering what was in the sky a few minutes ago, it was a two-stage Falcon 9 booster that lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:27 PM tonight. Here is glimpse of it over Tustin PD's Sally Port as caught by TPD PSO Steve Giddings.

Seeing the growing need in the community, a few months ago, Tustin PD joined forces with other City of Tustin departments, Orange County Mental Health, CityNet, Orange County Rescue Mission, Orange County Veteran's Services, and various other outreach organizations to form the first ever Tustin Homeless Coalition. Out of this Coalition sprang the Hand-up Impact Team. This team of volunteers pairs officers with representatives of each of these organizations. These teams then immerse themselves in the community to help identify the individualized needs of Tustin’s homeless population. Each time the teams go out we have found increased success helping our local homeless get off the street and into environments that will give them every opportunity to succeed. (Pictured are many of today’s officers and outreach workers)

*****Crime Prevention Warning***** As the last few days of holiday shopping approaches, there will certainly be a flurry of package deliveries and last minute trips to retail centers. With that in mind, we want to make sure that all of your thoughtfully purchased gifts make it to the intended recipients. If you are having packages delivered, consider the following: • Arrange for a neighbor to pick up packages from your porch. • Have packages delivered to your place of employment. • Use a secure delivery location such as an “Amazon Smart Locker” or other secure facility. • Install a security camera(s) to deter theft and at a minimum provide a lead for our detectives in the event of criminal activity. While you are visiting retail centers (preferably in Tustin) consider the following: • Make sure you lock your vehicle. • Don’t leave valuables or packages in plain sight. • Be mindful of your surroundings and park in well-lit areas at night. Happy holidays from the Tustin Police Department.

Ever thought of what it would be like to work for a Police Department? The Tustin Police Department has just opened a recruitment for the position of Police Cadet. This is a part-time non-benefited position open to students enrolled in either a 2-year or 4-year accredited college or university. This position will provide those interested in a law enforcement career with experience and exposure to the different assignments throughout our department. If interested, please follow the link below. If Police Cadet is not for you, then please consider any of the other employment opportunities which are currently open. If you have any questions, you can contact our Personnel Officer at 714-573-3289.:http://www.tustinca.org/depts/hr/jobs.asp

Last week the Tustin Police Department held its’ annual Santa Cop program where 168 children from 68 families received gifts. One of those children was selected by the Tustin Police Support Services Association to go on a shopping spree at Target. Today, members of the Tustin Police Department waited outside Target as 12-year-old Matthew arrived to begin his “Shop with a Cop” experience. Matthew was excited yet nervous to be around Tustin Police Department employees, but once the shopping started, Matthew had a great time. He picked out a gift card, a sweater, candy, a toy for his cats, and even a Moana doll for his 7-year-old sister. It was an honor to go shopping with Matthew and we hope he had as much fun as our officers did. The Tustin Police Support Services Association is comprised of Police Services Officers, Dispatchers, Records, Property and Evidence, Crime Analyst and Fleet. On behalf of the Tustin Police Department, Happy Holidays!

Officers Swart and Carter met with some Lion Cub Scouts to talk about public safety and helping the community. The Lion Cubs loved their time with the officers and got to learn all about the officers' equipment and the police car.

Here is our next Community Update. We hope this information gives you a glimpse of what we do and what is impacting our community. SUPERVISOR RECAP 12-14-17 @ 8:30 AM – We assisted an outside agency on a child kidnapping incident. We did an area check and located the vehicle involved. Ultimately the kidnapping was unfounded. 12-13-17 @ 7:08 PM – A pedestrian was crossing Main St. towards the library when he was struck by a westbound vehicle. The pedestrian was transported to Orange County Global where he is in critical condition. If you witnessed this accident, please contact the TPD Traffic Unit at 714-573-3218. 12-10-17 @ 5:58 PM – Officers responded to a downed tree in the 17000 block of Whitby Cr. The tree fell onto three cars and took down a power line. 12-10-17 @ 1014 AM – Officers responded to the 14000 block of Redhill Ave. regarding a person disturbing the peace. Upon arrival, the subject fled on foot but was eventually taken into custody for outstanding warrants and resisting arrest. While at TPD, the subject spit on officers and an addition charge of assault on a peace officer was added to his charges. He was booked at Orange County Jail. TRAFFIC UPDATE We have seen an increase in street racing in our city. If you see or hear any racing activity, please call us immediately at 714-573-3225. We will be putting additional resources towards this problem and our officers will have zero tolerance towards anyone involved in this activity. On December 15th. we conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint. We are happy To report that we did not find anyone driving under the influence. Traditionally, December is our worst month for DUI related collisions so we hope this is an indication that people are planning ahead when they are drinking. We did issue 12 citations for various traffic related violations. CRIME ANALYSIS UPDATE Tis the season for criminals to target large shopping centers. We have taken several thefts from vehicles and auto thefts at the Marketplace and the District. We have also taken wallet theft reports from distracted shoppers. If you must secure packages in a vehicle while shopping, use your trunk or a cargo cover. As you shop or walk through the parking lot, be aware of your surroundings. Make eye contact with people who may be watching you. Don’t hesitate to call Tustin PD or notify security if you see someone loitering in the parking lot or watching unsuspecting shoppers. PHOTO: This week’s photo shows a vehicle stop by one of our motor officers who was working traffic enforcement on Walnut and Oxford.

A suspect may have abandoned a backpack with stolen property near Morning Glory and Pomegranate. Call us if found!