Agency Type: Police Department
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 17,465
Agency Size: 31 total - 19 sworn; 12 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Community Video Policing Program; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; California Department of Corrections; California Highway Patrol
Grant Focus Area(s): Technology; Gang Violence; Narcotics Trafficking; Firearm-Related Violence
The Coalinga, California, Police Department (CPD) has a staff that includes 19 sworn officers, serving over 17,000 residents. The jurisdiction includes state prisons and a state mental health correctional facility. The community has faced increasing gang activity, narcotics trafficking, firearm-related violence, and assaults.
The CPD is implementing a phased automated license plate reader (ALPR) program to increase the department’s ability to investigate and respond to violent crime. Currently, in the first phase of its implementation process, the CPD is working on educating the public about ALPRs and cameras, establishing infrastructure, and deploying cameras at four intersections. The CPD will use the Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative grant to fund phases two through five which will focus on additional deployments at six intersections throughout the city and a focus on identifying suspects and vehicles as they travel through town. The CPD plans for the ALPRs to enhance investigations and result in successful arrests and prosecutions.