On October 22, 2011, residents of the Pico-Lowell Neighborhood attended the Community Resource Fair. Many community organizations and businesses were present to share information and free gifts with all who visited. Special recognition was given to the Santa Ana Police Department for their protection and service.
The Pico-Lowell Neighborhood Association, the Santa Ana Boys & Girls Club and Community Service Programs - Project PATH presented an award to the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) for their efforts to reduce impaired driving. The theme for this year’s event was “Celebrating our Youth for a Brighter Tomorrow.”
Boys & Girls Club youth created personalized artwork for SAPD, Officer Edward Mendoza, Officer James Berwanger, Officer Daniel Carrillo, Officer John Kachirisky, Corporal John Crews, Officer Weston Hadley, Corporal Mark Bell and Corporal Mike Kuplast, for having the highest number of impaired driving arrests in the city. Artwork illustrated the youth’s appreciation for SAPD’s dedication and commitment to the safety of the community. During the ceremony youth expressed how having less drunk drivers on the road impacts the community. Quotes from artwork included “Thanks to you one more young life is safe now that the drunk drivers are out of the streets” and “In U We Trust.” Deputy Chief Carlos Rojas also accepted an award on behalf of the entire Santa Ana Police Department for their collective effort in reducing impaired driving. The Pico-Lowell Neighborhood Association wanted to recognize the SAPD for their efforts in getting drunk drivers off the road. "We wanted to highlight the positive work that the police department is doing in the community,” said Regina McGuire, President of the Association.
Thanks to grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the Santa Ana Police Department is able to conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the year. In 2010, the Santa Ana Police Department arrested over 600 drunk drivers.