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Posted on: January 17, 2024

City Awarded Over $2 Million to Combat Retail & Vehicle Theft

PRESS RELEASE: Riverside Sheriff and City awarded retail theft program grant

The City of Jurupa Valley is pleased to announce its successful acquisition of the Organized Retail Theft Prevention (ORTP) Grant Program in collaboration with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office Jurupa Valley Station. The $2,219,710 grant, administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), aims to tackle the escalating issue of organized motor vehicle and retail theft within Jurupa Valley, enhancing public safety and safeguarding local businesses. 

“The City of Jurupa Valley is grateful for the support of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and looks forward to the positive impact that the Organized Retail Theft Prevention Grant Program will have on the community,” Mayor Guillermo Silva said. “Together, we are taking proactive steps to create a safer and more secure environment for all residents and businesses in Jurupa Valley.”

The comprehensive project will include the installation of 60 advanced cameras, equipped with Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology, strategically placed throughout the City. In addition to the camera deployment, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office will create a Jurupa Valley Vehicle Theft Task Force, dedicated to investigating and combating motor vehicle theft — including cargo and catalytic converter theft within the City.

Furthermore, the project will establish a Small Business Retail Theft Prevention (SBRTP) Program, supported by a new program coordinator. This initiative aims to empower local businesses with the knowledge and resources needed to proactively safeguard against organized retail theft. The SBRTP Program will provide training, educational materials, and support to small businesses, fostering a collaborative effort to deter criminal activities and protect the community's economic interests.

"The Organized Retail Theft Prevention Program is a crucial step towards enhancing the safety and security of Jurupa Valley,” expressed Lieutenant John Shulda, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office Jurupa Valley Station. “By combining technology with community engagement, we are creating a formidable force against organized crime. The partnership with the City of Jurupa Valley reflects our shared commitment to protect our residents and businesses, making our community a safer place for everyone."

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