Public Safety has always been a top priority of mine. So I am particularly proud to say that since 2004 Escondido has seen a 29% decrease in crime. Even with that good news, my colleagues on the City Council and I remain committed to doing all we can to ensure a safe community.  I am very pleased to announce that we are now hiring more police officers to continue to aggressively fight crime.   In addition, we recently strengthened the Police executive management team by promoting two lieutenants, Craig Carter and Mike Loarie,  to Police Captain.  The community task force established last Fall to address issues in the downtown area has been very successful.  You may be assured Traffic Safety Check Points and our partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are being strengthened  too.

Additional resources also are being devoted to our Fire Department.  The first group of twelve non-safety paramedics started work on February 25.  We intend to hire a second group of twelve later this Spring.  On April  19th, our seventh Fire Engine will go into service at Fire Station 6 on Del Dios Road. 

Your city government is committed to keeping Escondido a safe city for all to enjoy.