POMONA -- Police officers have made 767 arrests in the past six weeks as they work to address a recent wave of violence in the city.
The arrests work out to about 128 arrests a week, an increase from an average of about 106 arrests a week over the past two years, Pomona police Capt. Mike Ellis.
As violence in Pomona has recently increased, the Police Department has incorportated a strategy that has included gang sweeps, undercover work, bicycle patrols and operations involving other law enforcement agencies. The arrests include everything from violent felonies to intoxication, Ellis said.
The Police Department also is continuing to use dollars from a federal Justice Assistance Grant to pay for the deployment of extra patrols and gang-related investigations, Ellis said. The $100,000, 12-month grant can be used for such activities as compliance checks and sweeps, police said.
Deputy City Manager Mark Gluba said the department continues to work within the overtime resources allocated in the city budget.
"If the Police Department requires additional resources during this fiscal year that will be considered at a later date," he said.
Police officers will continue to use various strategies such as increasing the use of the department's helicopter.
Pomona has had 12 homicides in the first four months of 2013, including nine in about the past seven weeks.
Of those arrested in the past six weeks, 38 were under supervision after being released from jail as part of the larger state prison realignment program.
The prison realignment is part of the state's response to a court ruling mandating it address prison overcrowding. As part of the plan, those convicted of certain crime have been sent to county jails to serve there sentences. However, as counties find their jails becoming overcrowded some offenders are released early.
Some in law enforcement and some elected officials in Pomona have said they think realignment may be playing a role in the recent increase in violent crime in the city.
The arrest information was released via Nixle, a service the department began using recently to get information to residents through phone, email and web on police activities.
"We know there is a level of anxiety in the community," Ellis said.
By putting out the information "we're reassuring them their Police Department is hard at work putting the pressure on. "
Information can be left anonymously on the Police Department's tip line at 909-620-2085.
Tips can also be made anonymously by using WeTip at 800-78-CRIME. Another option is calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Crime Stoppers can also be reached by texting TIPLA with the tip to 274637 or CRIMES.