Police Officer Shonn Rojas
As the Tustin Police Department embarked on its new course of policing strategies, we went through several variations before finally settling on Crime/Traffic Analysis Policing Strategies (CTAPS). Officers were asked to gather crime and traffic stats and develop a strategy to combat the crime and/or lower the traffic related issues. These officers are known as Crime Trend Officers (CTOs). Officer Shonn Rojas identified the newly built hotels, The Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites, as an area with an increase in police-related activity in and around the hotels. These activities included police contacts with criminals, as well as property and drug crimes.
As part of his plan, Officer Rojas met with Marriott corporate security personnel and on-site management to discuss the escalation of crime in and around their properties. His analysis was well received and a partnership between hotel management and police department began to form. Over the next several months, Officer Rojas spent the majority of his shifts patrolling the area, which resulted in several arrests.
On June 11, 2015, Officer Rojas observed a rental truck in the hotel parking lot with two men standing next to it talking to the two men inside of it. When Officer Rojas approached the truck, two of them began to leave; Officer Rojas detained the two inside, and requested additional officers to detain the two that had walked away. The bed of the truck had crowbars, flashlights, screwdrivers, and gloves. There also was an opened metal FEDEX delivery box, which contained numerous opened packages addressed to local businesses. Officer Rojas also found identification cards, credit cards, W-2 forms, and checkbooks that were recently reported as stolen from seven vehicle burglaries throughout the County.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the four men were arrested and booked into Orange County Jail for possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamine, grand theft, and giving false identification to an officer.
Shonnís actions as a CTAPS Crime Trend Officer have been exemplary and represent what the Department strives for every day. For Officer Rojasí dogged determination to combat the increasing crime near the hotels, and for his sincerity in taking professional ownership of a long-term CTAPS project, he has been selected as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Month Award for June 2015. Congratulations Officer Rojas.