NBPD quarterly update

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The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) proudly serves every resident, visitor and business community member in our city.  Operationally, we divide the city into four separate areas. Each area has an assigned lieutenant, who acts as the area commander.

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Operationally, NBPD divides the city into four separate areas, as shown in the map. Area 1 is the Peninsula, Area 2 is Newport West, Area 3 is Newport Center and Area 4 is Newport East.

Area commanders work closely with their communities to address the unique needs of each section of the city. They diligently monitor statistics and activity in their assigned area, track any emerging crime trends and direct resources to address topics of concern. They also attend community meetings, develop relationships, and form a deep understanding of the specific concerns of residents, businesses and visitors in each part of town.

Each quarter, you will get to hear from the area commander to share an update from their area. They may highlight a specific arrest, share about a crime trend in their area, or address a specific community concern they are focusing on.

This week, Lieutenant Michael Schiavi (Area 2 Commander) has an update for us.

Area 2 Update, Q1 2024

By Lt. Michael Schiavi

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NBPD Lt. Michael Schiavi

Area 2

This area sits between Huntington Beach and Dover Drive and from W. Coast Highway to the Newport Beach Golf Course near John Wayne Airport. Area 2 is comprised of the communities of Newport Shores, Newport Heights, Santa Ana Heights, Bayshores, Mariners and Dover Shores. In an area that has beautiful residential neighborhoods with ocean views, bay beaches, first-class eateries, supercar and superyacht dealerships, there is something for everyone.

In 2023, Dover Shores was a hotbed of activity with Chilean burglary crews targeting homes. So far, in 2024 there has been zero residential burglaries and only one garage burglary in the Dover Shores area. Overall for Area 2, there has been three residential burglaries in 2024.

A new trend has emerged in 2024 with the discovery that Ram TRX trucks are a highly sought after vehicle. In 2024, there have been four Ram TRX trucks stolen out of the nine reported stolen vehicles in Area 2.

On March 9, 2024, the Newport Shores Community held their annual HOA meeting. Lt. Michael Schiavi, Sgt. Kelley Maslin, Homeless Liaison Officer Heather Thompson and Councilmember Stapleton attended the meeting. The homeowners were provided with information regarding projects in the city and police department.  Since January 1, 2024, there have been zero crimes in the Newport Shores neighborhood.

On March 5, 2024, officers were patrolling around the Eight 80 Newport Beach apartment complex when they spotted a vehicle parked in a red zone.  The officers contacted the three occupants to address this simple violation. They quickly realized there might be something more to this red zone violation. After interacting with these subjects, they took two guns off their persons as well drug paraphernalia. One of the subjects contacted was just 15 years old. Unfortunately, this youth was taken to Juvenile Hall located in Orange and processed for the gun charges.

On March 14, 2024, officers made a traffic stop for vehicle code violations at Superior Avenue and W. Coast Highway. During a search of the car, officers discovered two replica handguns had been altered, methamphetamine, 400+ grams of PCP, ketamine, cocaine, PCP laced cigarettes, more than 1.1 lbs. of marijuana, illicit prescriptions, drug paraphernalia, stolen mail/vehicle registrations, stolen checks and credit cards, and mace and counterfeit currency. The driver was a convicted felon and was placed under arrest for a felon in possession of mace, numerous drug/drug sales, an altered replica handgun and fraud charges. The female passenger was arrested for drug paraphernalia possession. During a Miranda interview, officers obtained a full confession to the possession of the items and intent to sell the drugs. This was an excellent stop and investigation.

Stay tuned next week to hear an update from Lt. Blakely in Area 3.

Editor’s Note: This is an ongoing series of community information provided by the Newport Beach Police Department.


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