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 Gary Clemente (Area 4 Commander) has an update for us.

Area 4 Update, Q1 2024

By Lt. Gary Clemente

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NBPD Lt. Gary Clemente

Area 4

As the Area 4 Commander, I feel honored to serve this community. As a former School Resource Officer for Corona del Mar High School, I feel a particular connection with this part of the city. I have had the opportunity to get to know the residents in Area 4 through the years at various PTA and Town Hall meetings. To give you a little background, I was hired by the Newport Beach Police Department in August 2005. Since then, I have worked in various assignments and ancillary positions. As an officer, I worked in patrol on every watch on both sides of the week and throughout the city. I was also a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team as an assistant team leader and eventually a team leader from 2012 through 2024.

In 2020, I was lucky enough to be promoted to sergeant. As a sergeant, I was assigned to the patrol division. I was responsible for supervising our K9 Unit and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), both of which are part of the Crisis Response Unit (CRU). The Crisis Response Unit (CRU) is comprised of two specialized teams: the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). The unit has been established to provide specialized support in handling critical field operations where intense negotiations and special tactical deployment methods beyond the capacity of field officers are necessary.

In spring 2022, I was assigned to work as the Peninsula Enforcement Team and Homeless Liaison Officer supervisor. My time in homeless outreach and on the Peninsula Enforcement Team has been one of the most rewarding assignments in my career. Working with our Command Staff, City Council and the City Attorney’s Office, I feel we made a real impact on improving the quality of life for subjects experiencing street-level homelessness and our residents. We achieved this by working with Be Well, City Net and PATH providing resources to those in need, and connecting them to short-term and long-term housing.

In February 2024, I was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as the Area 4 Commander. Area 4 includes Corona del Mar, Newport Coast, Spyglass Hill and the Harbor View homes. It is the largest of our four areas with the lowest density of residents and visitors.

Additionally, I am responsible for the Mounted Enforcement Unit (MEU) and Peer Support. I look forward to telling the community about all the exciting stuff we have in store for the MEU and Area 4 in the upcoming year!

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know the Area Lieutenants and hearing more from them about what’s going on in the city. They’ll be back to give some more quarterly updates in a couple of months.

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


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