This past weekend, the San Gabriel Police Department held its second Chinese outreach meeting at the Asian Youth Center. This is the second event in a series of outreach efforts that the department has been holding to reach out to Chinese-speaking residents of the city, with presentations available in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
Topics of discussion for this meeting included traffic laws, mental health, child abuse and general policing.
A few takeaways from this past Saturday:
- The SGPD has a Mental Evaluation Team (MET) to address mental health issues in the community, with a part-time clinician and full-time officer trained to handle mental health calls
- The traffic division handles traffic enforcement, traffic collisions, investigations, and drug enforcement
- The department works with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family services to handle cases of child abuse
Chief Harris, Detective Nhat Huynh, Officer Andy Texeira, and Officer Gilbert Magana were all on hand to represent and discuss the department’s role in the community, with translations provided by Reserve Officer Jack Yao.
Some of the questions and concerns raised at the meeting include:
What constitutes child abuse?
The department works with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to address child abuse in the City. You can find their comprehensive definition of child abuse here.
Where can I find crime statistics for San Gabriel?
You can find up-to-date information on crime in San Gabriel here.
How can we report complaints with traffic signage?
Our Public Works department handles those inquiries. If you have a complaint or a suggestion, get in touch with our Public Works department here.
What is the department doing to bridge the communication gap between Chinese residents and police officers? There are misunderstandings about the role of the department.
The police department – and the City in general – has been actively trying to engage with the Chinese community through these Chinese-speaking community meetings. San Gabriel currently deploys two Chinese social media networks, and we’re hoping to produce more articles in Chinese here on Inside San Gabriel.