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|The History of the Irvine Police Department (Page 9)|
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In 2004, the City of Irvine assumed full-time law enforcement duties at the Orange County Great Park. Today, a team of Park Safety Officers are assigned to the Orange County Great Park/Great Park Neighborhoods and provide security services for the property on a continual basis.
The Park Safety Officers operate a guard shack and perform roving patrol. The Guard Shack is staffed 18 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week while the Roving Patrol is a 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week operation. Park Safety Officers patrol both the interior and exterior perimeter of the property looking for breaks in the perimeter fencing, unauthorized persons on the property and any unusual condition or safety hazard.
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In 2006, the Irvine Police Department proved again to be at the forefront of crime prevention as it developed an ordinance addressing construction site and vacant property security. In part, the ordinance requires operators of construction sites and owners of vacant properties (more than 20 acres) to take certain security measures to reduce property theft such as minimizing access points, installing fences, use of metal storage containers, motion detector lighting, illumination of temporary building trailers and posting 24-hour emergency contact information. Further, the ordinance requires the submittal of a “Construction Site Security Plan” for any residential construction of 25 or more dwelling units or a non-residential site of 50,000 square feet or more of building area.
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