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How to attend the Community Police Academy

The Police Department has invited us to attend its fall Community Police Academy. Its mission is to strengthen community partnerships by offering the opportunity to interact with PSPD professional staff, increase their understanding of police operations and become ambassadors to the community.

The free, interactive course is designed to acquaint adults who live or work in the Greater Palm Springs community who are not sworn police officers with the activities of the Police Department.

The Community Police Academy will run twice annually for 12 sessions in the winter and fall of each year. The classes starting September 20, 2022, will meet on select Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Along with the classroom sessions, participants will have the opportunity to attend one ride-along session.

Classes fill up quickly and applicants are accepted on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit:

https://www.palmspringsca.gov/government/departments/police/community-policing/community-police-academy

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Civic affairs Safety

Police meeting with residents

UPDATE from PSPD: “We will now move forward with analyzing the data we collected over 5 days, meet with all PSPD staff members and our business community, and identify our next steps as we move forward. We will come back to the community in the near future with a report on what we have found, and what the strategies will be for the mission that has been defined for the Palm Springs Police Department.”


The Palm Springs Police Department announced the dates and locations of community public meetings with residents and businesses to help shape the department’s future. Meetings will be held in each of the five City Council districts and Council members will be present. The sessions will take place in a structured town hall environment where everyone will have equal input. Community input will help to establish PSPD’s mission and chart their path forward. 

The second part of each meeting is to establish crime-fighting priorities by city area. Chief Andrew Mills is emphasizing a community policing approach of going after the underlying conditions that cause crimes instead of being more reactive.

Meeting times:

  • February 15 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Victoria Park, 2744 N. Via Miraleste
  • February 16 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros
  • February 17 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Cahuilla Elementary School, 833 E. Mesquite Ave. (OUR DISTRICT 5 MEETING)
  • February 18 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Palm Springs High School, 2401 E. Baristo Road
  • February 19 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Demuth Park, 4200 E. Mesquite Ave. 

The PSPD crime analyst will provide attendees with crime maps, data on crime trends, and calls for service. If you can’t make the meeting in our Council district, you are encouraged to attend another session on a date that works for you. 

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Safety

Security Tips

We advised participants in our October 2021 neighborhood-wide yard sale to take these precautions, repeated here for anyone who may be having a yard sale or selling goods online:

  • Lock your home and car while the sale is in progress. Never allow anyone inside for any reason. If someone needs to use a restroom, rather than let them into your house, common sense suggests you direct them to a nearby public facility (Ralph’s)
  • Do not sell alone. There is safety in numbers, so invite your friends and family to help.
  • Do not keep too much cash with you. As money comes in, designate someone to take it inside. If you have a fanny pack or bank bag, you might want to keep your money in there.
  • If a buyer asks you to break a large bill, offer to hold the item while they leave to get change.
  • Keep jewelry or high-priced items close by to keep an eye on your most valuable items.
  • Sell your items in your driveway or yard, not in an enclosed garage. Doing so blocks visibility and can be dangerous for sellers.
  • Call police if someone is acting suspiciously, so have a phone handy.
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Safety

4 tips to avoid a burglary

After a home was burglarized in Canyon Palms on Dec. 17, we asked our neighborhood police liaison officer, Lt. Gustavo M. Araiza, for information we could share. He offered general advice that may help everyone avoid falling prey to a burglary:  

  • Adopt an “evening routine” and conduct a perimeter check of your residence; check for unlocked doors and windows, especially garage doors.
  • Consider adding a sensor to your garage door to alert you if you accidentally leave it open.
  • Consider a home security system for your residence, and be sure to arm it every time you are away.
  • Also arm your home security system when you are home using the “Stay” feature, especially at night, so you can be alerted should someone gain entry. Immediately call 9-1-1.

You can reach gustavo.araiza@palmspringsca.gov at (760) 323-8119, but non-emergency issues should instead be reported by calling the police non-emergency telephone number (760) 327-1441, or visiting the City of Palm Springs (palmspringsca.gov) web application. There you can click Connect and the appropriate link under Submit/Report.

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Safety

Real-time police reports

The Palm Springs Police Department provides our community with an inside look at its day-to-day calls for service. Click on this link to view active incidents listed by block, type of incident and the action taken by police. Incidents will only appear on screen after a final resolution to the incident is determined.

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Board and Committees Code enforcement/public works Safety

Incident reporting

As part of the Palm Springs Community Policing program, Lt. Gustavo M. Araiza met with our neighborhood organization board at its Dec. 11 meeting. Lt. Araiza explained the importance of understanding the different reporting methods available to the public. To report a nuisance issue, use the non-emergency number or app, but always use 911 for real emergencies. You can download the flyer as a PDF.