Chief's Message


Chief’s Message

January 2016

Greetings from the men and women of the San Marino Police Department and we hope all of you have had a happy holiday.  With the start of the New Year you will begin to see changes to our website.  The changes will include information about crime, our productivity, use of force statistics and investigations of police misconduct.  The purpose of this information is to inform our community about how we are doing as a police department. 

Our motto, “Pride in Service” is important to us and should be important to you.  Those three words tell our community that we care about the work we do, how we do it and that we want you to know what we do.  Recently you may have seen or heard the need for transparency in law enforcement.  It is a principle that we embrace.  Including this new information will allow you to look inside our department to see how we are doing as a law enforcement agency.

The crime information we will provide includes the number of Part 1 crimes occurring in San Marino.  The Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) is an official source for crime data in the United States, published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The UCR is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of nearly 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes brought to their attention.  In Part I, the UCR indexes reported incidents in two categories: violent and property crimes. Aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery are classified as violent while arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft are classified as property crimes.

Information concerning our productivity will include our response time, number of reports taken, arrests, traffic citations written and parking citations issued.  Our use of force information will tell you the number of times we are involved in a use of force between a sworn officer and a member of the public.  The information will include if the person is hospitalized or dies during or after the contact.  The last item of information concerns complaints of misconduct against any employee, sworn or civilian of the Department.  The data will include the number, type and results of the investigation.  It will not include the name of the officer or specific punishment, if any. 

We hope this information is helpful to our community and provides you with data about our Department.  If it generates questions you are always encouraged to contact the Department and we will provide you with an answer.  On behalf of the men and women of the San Marino Police Department I thank you for your support as we work together to reduce the incidence and fear of crime in San Marino.

The 2015 San Marino crime statistics can be found here.

Thank you,

John Incontro, Chief of Police

San Marino Police Department