On Friday, March 14, 2014, Detective Poling, along with other members of the Gang Unit, attempted to conduct a probation check of an Eastside gang member at his residence in Santa Ana. Eastside members have been frequently contacted in the City of Tustin as one of their main rivals claims Tustin as home. As they were knocking at the door, the probationer arrived home in his truck, saw the detectives and promptly fled, instigating a short vehicle pursuit. The probationer was able to elude police that night but he did not stay free for long.
The Gang Unit conducted an in depth investigation and ultimately located the probationer with four other gang type subjects standing in front of a residence. Detectives converged on the residence in marked units and by the time they got into position, three of the five subjects had gotten into a black SUV parked in the driveway. Everyone was detained without incident. A search of the SUV revealed a small amount of methamphetamine and a loaded Glock model 22 handgun in the center console.
Ultimately, one of the subjects (a juvenile) was released to his mother. The remaining four were booked into Orange County Jail for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Loaded Firearm in Public, various warrants and the Tustin PD will be seeking Criminal Street Gang Association and Felony Crimes Committed for the Benefit of a Criminal Street Gang enhancements.
This investigation, like the majority of all gang-related investigations, required a true team effort; however, Detective Poling distinguished himself through his leadership and relentless efforts to capture the fugitive. He displayed a tenacious never-give-up attitude throughout the investigation, ultimately removing a dangerous firearm and four violent gang members from the streets. Detective Poling’s actions were in keeping with the highest standards of the law enforcement profession and brought great credit to himself, the Gang Unit and the Tustin Police Department. Detective Brian Poling has been selected as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Month award for April 2014. Congratulations Detective Poling!