Special Operations

ACCORDION
Air Support

The Ontario Police Air Support Unit started in 1989, operates two Eurocopter AS 350B2, each equipped with NightSun searchlights of 30 million candlepower, L-3/Wescam forward-looking infrared (FLIR), and appropriate radios for communication and navigation. 

Since its inception, the Air Support Unit has responded to over 77,000 calls for service and has been first on the scene more than 96% of the time. The Unit has assisted in the recovery of $9 million in illegal drug assets, recovered over $11 million in stolen property, and the arrest of nearly 12,000 suspects.

The Air Support Unit operates 365 days per year. The Unit is comprised of one Sergeant/Pilot, three Police Officer Pilots, three Flight Officers, one relief Flight Officer, and two helicopter mechanics.

In addition to assisting patrol officers in their normal duties, the aircraft also provide assistance to the Identification Unit for aerial photography, and the SWAT Team for their specialized operations, the Detective Bureau and the Narcotics Unit, and occasionally assist other agencies within the City of Ontario.

SWAT

The Ontario Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team was conceived as a result of the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.

The SWAT Team consists of a predetermined number of specially selected sworn personnel, who receive continuous specialized training. They are brought together primarily for the purpose of implementing the use of their tactics and equipment in certain high-risk situations. The primary goal of SWAT is a reduction in risk and protection of life and property.

SWAT is called upon to handle situations such as an armed or barricaded suspect, with or without hostages. These persons pose the potential of extreme risk to the lives and safety of officers and citizens when they refuse to submit to arrest. SWAT is utilized to execute high-risk search and arrest warrants and provide executive protection.

SWAT is supplemented by a Hostage Negotiations Team. SWAT relies heavily on the professional negotiation expertise and strong working relationship provided by the Hostage Negotiations Team.

Traffic Division

The Ontario Police Department’s Traffic Services Division is dedicated to the safety of its citizens whether they are driving, biking, or walking. We strive to keep the streets safe through active enforcement and high visibility. We are frequently moving forward with cutting edge technology including collision animation and advanced training. We are one of the most professional and advanced traffic units in Southern California.

The Ontario Police Department’s Traffic Services Division’s responsibilities include: traffic law enforcement, fatal and injury collision investigations, hit and run collision investigations, insurance fraud investigations, commercial enforcement, intoxicated driver checkpoints, maximum enforcement details, and instilling public awareness of traffic laws and safety. The division also is responsible for traffic control from holiday parades and sporting events.

The Ontario Police Department’s Traffic Services Division is awarded traffic safety grants through the California Office of Traffic Safety which allots Federal and State funds to reduce traffic accidents and collisions. Traffic safety grants enable the Department to conduct safety checkpoints for intoxicated drivers and illegal street racing. Grants are also used to purchase radar trailers and cargo trailers to transport checkpoint equipment.

The Ontario Police Department’s Traffic Services Division consists of a lieutenant, a sergeant, a detective, 10 police officers or corporals, 3 report taking technicians and a records clerk. Police vehicles include 13 police motorcycles, a black and white police car, and five utility vehicles. There are trailers with light towers, radar equipment, and message signs.

The Ontario Police Department’s Traffic Services Division works with local schools by holding “seatbelt challenges” a program to encourage teen seatbelt usage, bicycle rodeos to promote children’s bicycle safety, and “Every Fifteen Minutes;” a program that brings awareness to teens about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

ABC Enforcement

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTROL ENFORCEMENT 

There are over 250 ABC licensed locations in Ontario. 

B&P 25755(b)- …while acting in the course and scope of their employment,  peace officers may, in enforcing the provisions of this division, visit and inspect the premises of any licensee at any time during which the licensee is exercising the privileges authorized by his or her license on the premises. 

 ABC Codes

  • B&P 25752-Licensee must keep records for three years. (Receipts from their wholesaler)
  • B&P 25616-Fail to allow inspection, or fail to keep books and records as required. (M)
  • B&P 25351-Retail to retail sales of alcohol. Alcohol must be purchased from a wholesaler, or manufacturer. (M)
  • B&P 25607(a)-Unlawful possession on premises. (They have tequila when they only have a beer and wine license).  Restaurants may possess brandy, rum, or liqueurs for cooking purposes.
  • B&P 25602-Furnish alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person (M)
  • B&P 25614-Beer taps-improper label (M)
  • PC 347(b)-Contaminated alcohol (Buggy bottles).  (M)
  • PC 397- Furnish alcohol to a habitual drunkard. (Server must be warned) (M) 

Retail Operating Standards B&P 25612.5(c)

The following requirements apply to stores (license Type 20 and 21), bars and taverns (license

Types 40, 42, 48, and 61). These requirements do not apply to restaurants (license Types 41 and 47)

  1. Post “No Loitering” signs upon written notice from the ABC; (M)
  2. Post “No Open Container” signs upon written notice from the ABC; (M)
  3. No alcohol consumption inside a store or outside a bar or tavern; (M)
  4. Illuminate the exterior of the premises, including adjacent public sidewalks and parking lots under the licensee's control, during all hours of darkness when open for business; (M)
  5. Remove litter daily from the premises, adjacent sidewalks and parking lots under licensee's control and sweep/clean these areas weekly; (M)
  6. Remove graffiti from premises/parking lot within 3 business days of occurrence (M)
  7. Have no more than 33% of windows covered with advertising or signs; (M)
  8. Have incoming calls blocked at pay phones upon request of local law enforcement or ABC; (M)
  9. Create a separate area for any video recordings of harmful matter (as defined in Penal Code Section 313). [The area must be labeled “Adults Only” (I)] Minors may not be able to readily access the videos or view the video box covers. (M)
  10. Have a copy of the operating standards available during normal business hours for viewing by the general public. (M)

Cite only the Licensee/Manager for these violations after three (3) documented warnings.

Conditional Use Permits:

  • If a business opened in Ontario after the year 2000, and they sell alcohol, it is likely the business has operating conditions on their City business license.
  • The business must follow the conditions or risk losing their business license, which includes the ability to sell alcohol.
  • The key to a successful modification or revocation of a business license is documentation.  Documentation can be in the form of a report, an IMPACT inspection, or a good disposition in CAD.
  • Several Conditional Use Permits are stored on the department’s share drive in the folder “ABC CUP.”

Ontario Municipal Codes:

  • OMC 5-11.02(b)-Unlawful to drink alcohol in public, includes city park, city-owned property. (I)
  • OMC 5-11.02(c)-Unlawful to possess open container of alcohol in public. (I)
  • OMC 5-11.02(d)-Unlawful to possess open container of alcohol on posted premises or posted parking lot of retail off-sale licensee. (I)
  • OMC 5-11.02(d)(1)-Retail off-sale licensee shall post sign, “Possession of any open alcoholic beverage container in or outside this store is prohibited by law.” (I)

Security Guard Regulations:

  • OMC 3-1.615 - Security Guard uniform, similarity to police or sheriff. (I) or (M).
  • OMC 3-1.602(a) - Security Guard conducting street patrol-City permit and state license required. (I) or (M)
  • OMC 3-1.602(b) - Private post security guard (works for a single business)-Shall be registered with the City and state license on file with City Clerk. (I) or (M)
  • B&P 16240 – Every person who practices any trade, profession, occupation, which a license, registration, or certificate is required by any law of this state, without holding a current and valid license, registration, or certificate as prescribed by law, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
  • B&P 7582 – Private Security Services: No person shall engage in a business, act or assume to act as, or represent himself or herself to be, a licensee unless he or she is licensed under this chapter; and no person shall falsely represent that he or she is employed by a licensee. (I)

Report Requirements: 

Infractions (I):

  1. Cite Only

Misdemeanors (M):

  1. Cite
  2. DR#
  3. ARS report

For more information please email:

OPERATIONABC@ontariopolice.org

 

Notify COPS Unit-ABC Enforcement Officers.  The report needs to be sent to ABC Riverside within 10 days.

Court Information:

Refer to the latest training bulletin for date, time, address, and processing requirements.

Crime Free Multi-Housing

CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING PROGRAM

The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on apartment properties. This program was successfully developed at the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992. The International Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 48 U.S. States, 5 Canadian Provinces, England, Nigeria, and Puerto Rico, to name a few.

The program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local police department. Property managers can become individually certified after completing training in each phase and the property becomes certified upon successful completion of all three phases.

Phase 1: An 8-hour training class the managers attend taught by the Crime Free Coordinator(s).

Phase 2: An inspection of the property to ensure it meets Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (C.P.T.E.D.) guidelines.

Phase 3: A safety social or neighborhood watch meeting.  The property is then re-inspected annually to make sure it is properly maintained.

An important part of the program is the use of the Crime Free Lease Addendum.  Tenants sign a document in which they agree to a three-day eviction if they commit or facilitate any crime on or near the rental property.

Not all apartments in the city are part of the program.  To identify apartment communities that are part of the program, look for a sign near the main entrance that states they are part of Ontario’s Crime Free Multi-Housing program.  The signs may have different appearances depending on when they were issued but will be similar to our current sign seen below. 

If you have difficulties at an apartment community that is part of the program, either with a resident or the management, contact the Crime Free Coordinators in the COPS unit.

Trespass Programs

We have two trespass programs at Ontario PD. 

Program 1 is designed to address repeated trespassing issues at areas that are not open to the public, such as, a gated business that is closed at night and/or on weekends.  This program is not intended for areas that are open to the public and it requires the posting of specific, “No Trespassing” signs.  There is a package on the “S” drive (under Patrol/Trespass programs) that can be printed or emailed to property owners.  The package has three pages that need to be completed and returned to the COPS unit.  This program requires a one-page update to be completed every six months.

Program 2 is meant to address individuals who are no longer welcome on a specific private property.  This program is a one-page form that is a written advisal the trespasser signs acknowledging they will be arrested (for OMC 5-9.01(b)) if they return to the property.  The advisal is valid for one year.

Once completed and returned to the COPS unit, the forms are entered into the Ontario Police Information Network (OPIN) and can be viewed on your MDC. OPIN can be found under the “Applications” tab on the Intranet home page.  Your OPIN login is the same as your Windows login and is automatically updated.

Download Trespass PDF's below

Armed Prohibited Persons Enforcement

Ontario PD has a collaborative effort with the CA DOJ Bureau of Firearms to reduce the number of armed prohibited persons in our city. When an individual is prohibited from possessing firearms due to criminal convictions or mental health history and has firearms registered to them, their name is placed on the “APPS” list.  CA DOJ and the COPS unit work together to contact these individuals and recover their firearms.

Ontario PD policies 320.4 and 418.5 were recently updated as part of this collaboration.  Officers SHOULD now run arrestees for weapons registered and ask if they have any firearms when making an arrest for domestic violence or taking an individual for WIC 5150.  If the individual has a weapon registered to them the officer SHOULD make a reasonable effort to recover the weapon and notify the APPS coordinator if they are unable to recover it.

Crime Free Coordinators

Officer Randy Roman (909) 408-1905

Officer Graeme Awde (909) 408-1874

Graffiti & Tagging

OFFICER’S QUICK REFERENCE TO GRAFFITI & TAGGING

Arrest for the misdemeanor vandalism section [PC 594 (b)(2)(a)] when the city removes the graffiti. The case agent will contact the graffiti removal company, obtain the exact dollar amount of damage and determine if a felony charge needs to filed.

Misdemeanor Graffiti Codes

  • P.C. 594 (b)(2)(a) – Vandalism less than $400.00.
  • P.C. 594.2(a) – Possession of vandalism tool(s) such as a felt tip marker with tip greater than three-eighths (3/8) of an inch, an aerosol paint container, masonry or glass drill bit, or any other marking substance with the intent to commit vandalism or graffiti, regardless of age.
  • P.C. 594.1(e)(1) – Minor in possession of an aerosol can.
  • O.M.C. 6-14.04 Graffiti Implement: Possession by Minor – Possession by a minor under the age of 18.
  • O.M.C. 6-14.05 Graffiti Implement: Possession in designated public place – Possession of graffiti implement in a public park, playground, in or near an underpass, bridge, storm drain, regardless of age.
  • O.M.C. 6-14.08 Loitering for graffiti purposes – It is unlawful for any person to loiter in, on or near any public or private property for the purpose of engaging in graffiti activity. Use this section for look-outs and other that are watching or present.

Misdemeanor/Infraction Court & Report Information

Juvenile Misdemeanor: 

  • Juvenile Probation
    • 17830 Arrow Blvd., 1st Floor,
    • Fontana, CA 92335
  • 60 days from date of citation
  • Tues. or Thurs. at 0800 ONLY
  • Juvenile cite only
  • Juvenile Application for Petition required

Juvenile Infraction:

  • Juvenile Probation
    • 17780 Arrow Blvd.
    • Fontana, CA 92335
  • 60 days from date of citation
  • Tues. or Thurs. at 0800 ONLY
  • Juvenile cite only
  • Gladys R (13 yrs & younger)
  • DR# and ARS Report
  • Gladys R (13 yrs & younger)

Adult Misdemeanor: 

  • Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court
  • OMC: Wednesday at 1230 hrs
    • 60 days from date of citation
    • PC: Mon – Thurs at 0800
      • 60 days from date of citation
      •  Citation
      • DR# and ARS Report

For combination of charges, CITE to higher level court. 

Felony Graffiti Codes

  • P.C. 594(b)(1) – Vandalism $400.00 or more
  • P.C. 594.3(a) – Vandalism to a church, synagogue, or a building owned and occupied by a church or a cemetery is guilty of a felony, regardless of amount of damage.

Felony Court & Report Information 

Juvenile: 

  • Juvenile Superior Court
    • 900 E. Gilbert St., Bldg #35, San Bernardino 92415
    • 60 days from date of citation
    • Tues. & Thurs. at 0800 only
    • Juvenile Citation  
    • Parent/Guardian Citation (WI 660.5)
    • Juvenile Application for Petition
    • DR# and ARS Report
    • Gladys R (13 yrs & younger)

Adult: 

  • DR# and ARS Report
  • Probable Cause Declaration
Transient Enforcement

OFFICER’S QUICK REFERENCE TO HOMELESS / TRANSIENT ENFORCEMENT

Homeless Liaison Officers

Officer Matt Zick 909-408-1697

Officer Emily Hernandez 909-408-1755

Access Center (Mercy House) 

435 S. Bon View Ave.

Ontario, CA

909-391-2630

 

COMMON HOMELESS VIOLATIONS

illegal Dump/Public Urination OMC 6-3.206
Trespass on Private Property OMC 5-9.01(a)
Camping Public Park OMC 5-23.03(a)
Camping Public Street OMC 5-23.03(b)
Camping Public Lot/Area OMC 5-23.03(c)
Storing Personal Property (Park) OMC 5-23.04(a)
Storing Personal Property (Street) OMC 5-23.04(b)     
Storing Personal Property (Parking Lot/Public Area) OMC 5-23.04(c)
Closure City Parks (2100 - Sunrise) OMC 10-1.29(a)
Scavenging OMC 6-3.207(a)
Open Container OMC 5-11.02(c)
Begging (For Money or Goods) PC 647(c)
Trespass on Non-Posted Land PC 602(k)
Trespass on Posted Land PC 602(l)
Occupy Property/Structure PC 602(m)
Refuse to Leave Private Property PC 602(o)
Obstruct or Intimidate Business PC 602.1(a)
Drunk in Public PC 647(f)
Prowling  PC 647(h)
Littering PC 374.4(a) (infraction)
Possession of a Shopping Cart  
      (With Proper Identification) B&P 22435.2(f)
      (Without Proper Identification) B&P22435.2(c)

OMC Misdemeanor reports require a citation and ARS report (DR# required)

OMC Infractions require citation only (No DR#)

B&P Misdemeanor reports require a citation and ARS report (DR# required)

Cite report templates available in report writing room and “S” drive (under “Forms” and then in the “COPS Forms” folder) :

Camping, Scavenging, Open Container, Storing personal property

 

Homeless Education Links & Programs

SOVA

904 E. California St., Ontario (Cross Street is Bon View)

(909) 391-4882

Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 AM to 3 PM

 

Ontario Access Center

435 S. Bon View Avenue, Ontario (Cross Street is Washington)

(909) 391-2630

Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 AM to 2 PM

Open Tuesday 1 PM to 5 PM

Food, motel vouchers, hygiene kits

 

House of Ruth

(909) 988-5559

Services for battered women and their children

 

Foothill Family Shelter

1501 W. Ninth St., Upland

(909) 920-5568

Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 AM to 12 PM, 1 PM to 5 PM

Open Friday 9 AM to 12 PM

Food, diapers, hygiene kits

 

211 - United Way, Dial 211 for assistance

Referrals for food, housing, utilities

 

Veterans National Homeless Call Center, 24 hours a day/7 days a week

1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838)

 

VA Loma Linda Health Care System, HCHV Program

11201 Benton St., 2nd Floor 2NW, Loma Linda 

(800) 741-8387 or (909) 825-7084, ext. 6085 or 6071

Open Monday - Friday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Housing Assistance and other services for homeless veterans

 

Kids Come First Clinic

1556 S. Sultana Avenue, Ontario 

(909) 984-7384

Free/low-cost medical care for children 0 to 18 years old

 

Salvation Army

1412 S. Euclid Avenue, Ontario

(909) 986-6748

Food Panty Monday - Friday 9 AM to 10:30 AM

Hot Meal Wednesday 6 PM to 7 PM and Sunday 1 PM to 2 PM

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