Officer Walks Baywatch Beat
By Lookout Staff
September 11 – A new officer will be walking the
beach beat in Santa Monica as part of the Police Department’s
new neighborhood policing strategy, police officials announced this
Officer Richard Carranza will replace Brent Crafton, who was promoted
to sergeant, as the Neighborhood Resource Officer on Beat 1, which
stretches along the beach.
The new beat -- which replaces one that encompassed areas east
of the bluffs -- was reconfigured late last year as part of Chief
Tim Jackman’s plan to bring traditional community policing
to the beachside city. ("Police
Department Launches New Beat Plan ," October 30, 2007)
The newly drawn beats -- which correspond more closely to neighborhood
boundaries and take into better account the city’s geography
-- are patrolled 24-hours a day by officers assigned an areas for
at least six months at a time.
“Officer Carranza will continue to provide the community
with the highest quality law enforcement services and dedicate his
skills and abilities to enhancing the quality of life to everyone
that lives, works, and plays in the Beat 1 area,” Jackman
A Santa Monica native, Carranza has been a member of the department
for 24 years, starting as a police cadet in 1984.
Carranza then worked as a police communications operator until
he was selected as a police officer in 1994. As an officer, he worked
one of the department’s first Community Oriented Policing
details as part of the Special Policing District, where he focused
on quality of life issues in the Downtown and coastal region.
Carranza also has worked the Transit Services Detail and most recently
in the Gang and Youth Intervention detail. He also is a member of
the Department's Rifle Team, Crisis Negotiations Team and Departmental
Peer Support Team.