New Chief New Vision

New Rialto police chief stresses education, technology as key to future success

Posted: 01/08/2012 06:03:55 AM PST

Tony Farrar, newly appointed police chief for the Rialto Police Department, works at his desk. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)
 

RIALTO — At 51, Rialto Police Chief William “Tony” Farrar believes he has many things to learn.A police officer for 29 years, Farrar this year replaced Rialto Police Chief Mark Kling, who left the department to become a university professor.

Farrar was previously a captain on the Rialto police department, responsible for field operations.

“I’m honored and humbled to get this opportunity to lead this department,” Farrar said in a recent interview.

Farrar is pursuing a masters degree from Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology in England. Once that is achieved, he plans to pursue a doctorate from the same institution.

Former longtime Redlands Police Chief Jim Bueermann, now doing research

Tony Farrar, newly appointed police chief for the Rialto Police Department, has his portrait taken on Thursday in Rialto. (Micah Escamilla/Correspondent)

as an executive fellow at the National Institute of Justice, the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, called Farrar “one of the new breed of police chiefs, looking at research to see what is effective to control crime and disorder.”

Bueermann said the program Farrar has chosen is the world leader for taking research findings and translating that knowledge into the day-to-day policing environment.

“Increasingly, police chiefs are going to have to find more effective – and ultimately less expensive ways – to keep their communities safe. And Tony is in a position to bring that knowledge to the people of Rialto,” Bueermann said.

Bueermann said that Farrar is likely to become the first police chief from the United States to earn a master’s degree from the prestigious program.

Launching into his first year as police chief, Farrar said he plans to focus on three areas:

Technology.

Volunteerism.

Community relations.

Farrar called technology a “force multiplier” essential in this era of municipal downsizing.

Among the technological edges coming soon are the completion of a project to install cameras in all of Rialto’s city parks, which will be monitored 24 hours-a-day.

Although the project is not yet complete, it has already yielded felony arrests, he said.

Another is the implementation of the Omega Dashboard Project, which will enable officers in the field to access crime statistics and view maps showing areas where specific crimes are occurring.

“We are not sitting there waiting for technology to come to us. We are actively looking for things that could help us,” he said.

Another way to stretch the department’s resources is to build on the already enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers that help the department in areas that include record keeping, dispatch and citizens’ patrol.

The community relations thrust will build on the effective area command meetings, which brings police, city officials, and, at times officials from other agencies, to various Rialto neighborhoods.

There will also be a wave of test taking for new lieutenants, sergeants and corporals. Additionally, many officers will be receiving new assignments, he said.

Former Lt. Randy DeAnda has been promoted to Captain and will take over most of Farrar’s former duties as director of field operations, he said.

“It’s going to be an exciting time, people are going to advance and get new assignments,” he said.

Farrar is going to be pushing continuing education for everyone in his department.

And in the process, pursue “evidenced-based policing” – tactics and programs with proven effectiveness.

He praised the hard work from his 102-member department, which has shed about 15 sworn officer positions during recent difficult budget years.

In reaching his job as police chief, Farrar said he credits the mentoring he received from many law enforcement leaders, including Bueermann and Kling as well as former Fontana police chiefs Frank Scialdone and Larry Clark.

During the interview, Farrar wanted to stress his new educational pursuits, not discuss his past accomplishments, which include a bachelors degree in political science and two masters degrees, one in the administration of justice; the other an MBA.

Farrar said that the past doesn’t count and he wants his officers to push for continuing educational opportunities in the future to increase their understanding of their job and environment where they work.

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Redlands Find Unexpected money

City manager finds extra funds

Posted: 01/11/2012 03:52:31 PM PST

 
 

REDLANDS – Sometimes it pays to check under the sofa cushions for hidden change. In the case of the city of Redlands, it paid for City Manager Enrique Martinez to check city departments for excess funds, to the tune of about $1.6 million.Martinez explained Wednesday that an auditor’s report of the 2010-11 fiscal year agreed with staff’s findings of more revenues than expenditures for the year. The difference was an extra $1,650,993 for the city’s general fund.

“We want taxpayers to know we’re trying to save every nickel and dime,” Martinez said.

An overview of the report found about $100,000 in sales taxes, $90,000 in property taxes, and $200,000 in Department of Motor Vehicles taxes.

By streamlining some operations, the city was also able to save. About $55,000 was saved by making the street cleaning billing system more efficient, Martinez said.

Fee collections also accounted for savings. A waste import fee brought the city about $103,000, and fees collected from the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System were about $159,000.

Martinez also found that utility companies were not being properly charged for encroachment permits.

“We found that private companies were not getting individual permits,” every time they would need to cut streets to access services, he said. Instead, utility companies like cable, gas and electric, would get one permit a year.

By charging per permit, the city received about $164,000. The city manager is also looking at ways to go after money for permits not pulled for the past couple of years.

Transfers from different funding sources were also added to the revenues. Approximately $80,000 and $274,000 came from various enterprise funds and by “tightening our belts” in certain departments, Martinez said.

The city also received final payment from a federal grant from 1994, for about $150,000.

When it comes to using that money, Martinez will make a recommendation to the Redlands City Council in February. The council will have final approval.

When it comes to his recommendations, Martinez said he would like to see $250,000 go to pay off a loan borrowed from the city’s reserves, plus an extra $150,000 for the reserves, $200,000 to the city’s liability fund, $200,000 to the city’s groves, and $126,000 each to the open space fund and park development fund.

After that, Martinez said he’d like to see the rest used to replace 12 of the city’s SUVs for more fuel-efficient vehicles, which would save about $18,500 per vehicle over its lifespan. In addition, he’s hoping to purchase four new police cars.

Then $198,489 would be allotted for residential street improvements. The streets would be chosen through the city’s pavement management system.

Martinez noted that Measure I provides significant funding for additional street paving, and that the residential improvements would help streets that may not benefit from Measure I.

He did caution that about 70 percent of these additional funds come from one-time revenues, and could not be expected year after year.

“I want people to know that we’re looking under every rock to get the most out of public resources,” he said. “The trend is to look at everything, and question everything.”

Reach Molly via email, or call her at 909-793-3221.

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