HEMET: Twenty-three arrested during HPD’s Operation Naughty & Nice sweep

Hemet PD's mobile command center enables the department to set up large-scale operations anywhere in the city. Hemet PD photo
Hemet PD’s mobile command center enables the department to set up large-scale operations anywhere in the city. Hemet PD photo

HEMET – As part of their continuing efforts to clean up Hemet city streets, the Hemet police Department’s ROCS Team – which stands for Restoring Our Community Strategy – once again teamed up with code enforcement officers and public works employees to conduct Operation Naughty and Nice Wednesday, Dec. 14.

The operation was a targeted enforcement sweep intended to focus on quality of life issues such as trespassing, drugs, thefts, illegal dumping, and panhandling in shopping areas and the city parks.

“With the recent approval of Measure U, the citizens of Hemet have made it very clear that these type of issues are a top priority in the community,” Hemet Police Deputy Chief Rob Webb explained.

This was the department’s third high visibility sweep completed by the City of Hemet in as many weeks.

Those who were arrested during the sweep were detained in a temporary holding facility while they awaited booking. Hemet PD photo

To facilitate the high visibility sweep Hemet PD’s mobile command post was set up on the northwest corner of State Street and Stetson Avenue in Hemet.

A total of 23 people were arrested; four for felony charges and 19 for misdemeanor charges. Of those who were arrested, 18 were booked into Riverside County jail and three were booked in the City of Hemet jail. Additionally, officials issued two administrative citations

As part of the targeted sweep, city officials conducted 44 pedestrian stops, two traffic stops, and three bike stops. Officials also seized 22 shopping carts and cleaned up two homeless encampments.

Throughout the day, residents stopped by the command center offering water, coffee, and words of support and encouragement to the officers at their bustling mobile command center.

The area where Hemet PD’s mobile command center was set up was a hub of activity during the daylong sweep. Hemet PD photo

The highlight of the sweep happened when Hemet police officers located a homeless U.S. Marine veteran, Webb explained. “We put him in direct contact with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs who immediately provided him with housing.”

City of Hemet’s Mayor Linda Krupa voiced her praise and support for the ongoing sweeps, saying, “The multi-disciplinary team approach has proven very effective and it is based off of the Hemet Restoring Our Community Strategy program. We are pleased to see the positive results and I look forward to many more similar operations.”

At the end of the long and productive day, Webb said, “We just wanted to say thanks to the good people of Hemet who stopped by the command post and said hello. We appreciate the support.”

For more information on the Hemet ROCS Program please visit the following website: Hemet ROCS

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