The Orion

Chico Police cancel ride-along program

Enrique Raymundo

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






DSC_0227.JPG

Ride Along Sgt. Greg Keeney participates in the ride-along program in Fall 2012.Photo credit: Kasey Judge


Safety concerns and budget cuts have prompted the Chico Police Department to end their Ride-Along Program.
Participating officers are restricted in
what they can do with a civilian in the car, said Chico Police Lieutenant David Britt. They cannot respond to “hot calls,” such as a vehicle
pursuit or an incident with an armed suspect.
On Aug. 23, 2013, Chico Enterprise-Record reporter Almendra Carpizo was on a ride along when a crowd at a party got out of control and she was struck by a full beer can. This prompted her police escort to ask her stay in the police car, and later had her go to the command post for safety reasons.
This is an example of what the department is trying to avoid, said Chico Police Captain Ford Porter.
When an officer cannot take high-risk dispatches during a ride-along, this effectively reduces the number of police officers able to respond to a call, Porter said.
This is a problem, as there are only six or seven police officers patrolling during most hours of the day, Britt said. Even one officer fewer is a big impact on a shift’s readiness to respond to a crime.
The police force currently stands at 63 police officers, according to police administration.
If the department were to get more money in the budget, there is no doubt as to where it would go first, Porter said. The first priority would be to increase the number of sworn officers on the force.
Enrique Raymundo can be reached at [email protected] or @ERaymundoCV on Twitter.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Chico Police cancel ride-along program

    Campus

    Police Chiefs talk campus safety

  • Chico Police cancel ride-along program

    Community

    Chuck Epperson: A human defined by martial arts and music

  • Chico Police cancel ride-along program

    Campus

    Taste of Chico welcomes all foodies

  • Chico Police cancel ride-along program

    Campus

    Ghee connects local vendor to Chico community

  • Chico Police cancel ride-along program

    Breaking News

    Scott Huber hosts Conversations about Cannabis

  • Chico Police cancel ride-along program

    Breaking News

    Getting trashed on a Saturday morning

  • Chico Police cancel ride-along program

    Breaking News

    Reynold’s campaign and storefront vandalized overnight

  • Chico Police cancel ride-along program

    Breaking News

    Fire in Chapmantown destroys two sheds, no injuries

  • Chico Police cancel ride-along program

    Community

    Butte Creek Ecological Preserve begins outdoor classes

  • Chico Police cancel ride-along program

    A&E Breaking

    Chico Elks Lodge announces second annual Craft Faire

X
The student news site of California State University, Chico
Chico Police cancel ride-along program