Violent crime in Hawthorne is down nearly 17 percent overall reported Haw­thorne Police Chief Michael Ishii.

From 2018 to 2019, Property crime de­creased 35% and Residential Burglaries (home break-ins) went down 30%.

Chief Ishii attributed this decrease to the “tireless work out in the community” by the men and women of the Hawthorne Police department. “These are great numbers to be proud of for our community.” “Last year, our officers handled or re­ceived over forty-four thousand incidents or calls for sercie and handled over ninety-four thousand incidents throughout the year,” said Chief Ishii. Chief Ishii further explained that the de­partment implemented Community Patrol Checks whereby “patrol officers get out of their cars and meet the community whether it’s a school a business or a neighbor” and last year, patrol officers conducted over 1,500 Community Checks.

“These are officers actually out of their police cars getting to know their neighbors and businesses,” he said.

In addition, over 3,100 Park Checks were made last year. “These are officers who go into all of our parks. I’m very proud to say that we’re probably one of the few if not the only department in the South Bay that have invested this much time and effort into mak­ing sure parks are safe for community use,” said Chief Ishii. Lastly, Hawthorne police officers con­ducted 2,700 Security Checks of area schools and businesses at night with the K-9 units.

“We’re very proud of these numbers and all the efforts we’re making beyond just han­dling radio calls—building our Community Policing Initiative,” said Ishii. The Hawthorne Community Affairs Unit oversees specific areas of the city. Its main goal is to address community concerns spe­cific to individual neighborhoods. They can be reached at (310) 349-2888. Responsibili­ties include: Meeting with business owners, Meeting with neighborhood groups, and helping to create business and neighborhood groups where needed.