Two years ago, the Escondido Police Department spearheaded an initiative called the Neighborhood Transformation Project (NTP). The NTP is a five-year comprehensive plan to address issues like graffiti, loitering, vandalism and other appearance and safety concerns, one neighborhood at a time, using an interdepartmental approach. The departments working on the NTP include Police, Neighborhood Services, Public Works, Code Enforcement, Economic Development and others, as well as community and faith-based partners.

After successful completion of the first two NTP areas (the first in the South Escondido Boulevard area and the second and most recent on the east end of the City), I am pleased to announce that the third NTP area will focus on the west side of Escondido. A map of the area is on the Escondido Police Department web site at https://police.escondido.org/ntp.aspx .

Last week, a community meeting was held at West Side Park to kick off the start of the new NTP area. About 50 neighbors attended and heard presentations from Chief Carter and other police department representatives about their plans for cleaning up the area.

The Escondido Police Department is committed to ensuring a safe community. Their intent with the NTP is to create a long term solution that results in measurable crime reduction and an enhanced quality of life in our neighborhoods. For the next 18 months, expect to see increased patrols as well as special enforcement efforts in the west side neighborhood. You can also expect to see other city departments (Code Enforcement, Public Works, Neighborhood Services, etc.) focusing their efforts and devoting resources to the neighborhood. 

As your Mayor, I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and ask for your support, as well as your involvement, in making Escondido a safe and beautiful city. Please visit http://www.escondido.org/escondido-report-it.aspx to learn how to download our Report It! App which provides a free and simple way for people to use their smartphone to report community problems such as graffiti or potholes. Or you can call the Escondido Graffiti Hotline at 760-839-4OFF (4633) or use the online form at https://www.escondido.org/request-repair-report-problem-form.aspx .