To Our Anaheim Community:
In response to the senseless and tragic terror attack in a Quebec mosque on January 29th, the Anaheim Police Department (APD) expresses its deep sorrow for the six individuals who lost their lives, for those who were seriously injured and for the unspeakable suffering of their families and friends left behind dealing with the impact of this tragedy. In regular communication with our local and federal partners to ensure we have the most up to date and accurate information, APD’s highest priority is the safety and security of all members of our community.
While fear and anxiety are natural and expected responses, we must not allow horrific events such as this to prevent us from continuing to work toward our ideal of a cohesive and inclusive community that values kindness, diversity, tolerance and respect. Rather, we must redouble our resolve toward these goals as one community. The Anaheim Police Department stands ready to provide a coordinated, rapid, all-threat response to any incident which jeopardizes the safety and welfare of our community. We have, however, taken proactive and significant steps to prevent and deter these types of senseless acts of violence from occurring. To that end, if you believe you are the victim of intimidation, persecution or violence, I encourage you to notify law enforcement immediately. We will work tirelessly to protect all members of our community regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or any other discriminating factor. Moreover, we will aggressively investigate and prosecute those individuals engaged in these crimes.
As Chief of the Anaheim Police Department, I am proud of the strong and effective relationships we have developed throughout our diverse communities. Built on the foundation of mutual trust, understanding and our shared commitment, these relationships are essential in ensuring that we maintain a safe, secure and vibrant community which welcomes and celebrates diversity. With that in mind, please continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities or behavior. Remember, if you see something, say something. For additional information and a link to report suspicious activity locally, visit http://www.keepOCsafe.org. Thank you for continuing to do your part in maintaining a safe community.
CHIEF OF POLICE