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<br /> <br />SURPRISE POLICE DEPARTMENT <br /> <br /> <br />GRAFFITI PROCEDURES OPS-45 <br /> <br />DATE LAST REVISED NEW REVISED CALEA PAGE <br />EFFECTIVE DATE DATE STANDARDS MET <br />1 of 4 <br />N/A 06-18-14 Yes <br />10-13-11 <br /> <br /> <br />I. PURPOSE <br /> <br />The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures related to the investigation, <br />documentation and notification of all graffiti reported within the City of Surprise. <br /> <br />II. POLICY <br /> <br />The policy of the Surprise Police Department is to respond to and investigate all <br />graffiti incidents within the City of Surprise and ensure that all required <br />information is documented and proper departments notified. <br /> <br />III. PROCEDURE <br /> <br />Officers will document all graffiti investigations in an incident report and issue a <br />victim’s rights form as well as document the necessary information in a graffiti <br />removal email request to be sent to Public Works. After the graffiti removal <br />email is received, City customer service notifies the proper department to <br />remove the graffiti. Officers will spray paint an orange dot on the graffiti site in a <br />conspicuous location so as to alert all Police Department personnel and city staff <br />that the marked graffiti has been reported and is ready for removal. This is <br />necessary to expedite the removal process and to ensure that duplicate reports <br />are not generated. <br /> <br />The Criminal Investigations Division will review all graffiti incidents to look for <br />similarities/patterns and to ensure that necessary follow-up is concluded and <br />prosecution sought. <br /> <br /> When a graffiti call is received by Communications or viewed by an officer, the <br />next steps are dependent upon whether the property is occupied, un-occupied or <br />public. <br /> <br />WILL <br />A. Occupied Private Property (when victim aid in prosecution) <br /> <br />1. Officers complete a Crime Report, victim’s rights form and take <br />photos of the graffiti for possible subsequent offender identification <br />and prosecution. <br />2. Officers place a small orange dot using issued spray paint to mark <br />the graffiti as reported. If a victim makes the request not to place <br /> <br />