The City's Graffiti Abatement Program (GAP) has been evolving since 1993. Graffiti vandalism costs the City hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and causes private property owners immeasurable financial and emotional burdens.
The Santa Rosa Police Department assumed a greater deal of responsibility for the GAP in August 2006. Our program's focus is on:
By working closely with other
affected City departments, volunteers, neighborhood associations, and
schools, we are committed to making Santa Rosa a safer and more
beautiful place to live. We work closely with officers to build strong
cases against prolific graffiti vandals and warehouse essential
graffiti-related information. We give educational presentations to
students, law enforcement personnel, community organizations, and City
Early Program Success
An example of our early success was a proactive investigation in which
we worked with the School Resource Officers to arrest a prolific
graffiti tagger who was suspected of more than 300 acts of vandalism.
After serving simultaneous search warrants in various locations, we were
able to make an important arrest that sent a message to the community
that vandalism will not be tolerated in Santa Rosa.
The City of
Santa Rosa takes a pro-active approach to graffiti abatement. As
"tagging" and gang graffiti has escalated, so too has the City's efforts
to eliminate it.