Palm Springs police go door to door in Desert Highland Gateway Estates to talk about crime and policing
The Palm Springs Police Department sent Chief Andrew Mills and at least seven other officers to the Desert Highland Gateway Estates neighborhood Thursday afternoon to speak to residents about their policing needs and violent crime in the area.
In the past week, there have been two suspected homicides in Palm Springs, and there have been four suspected homicides so far this year.
At least two suspected homicides took place in the Desert Highland Gateway Estates neighborhood in February.
On February 25, a 45-year-old man named Jermaine Hamilton was found dead in a car with a gunshot wound on Rosa Parks Road in Desert Highland Gateway Estates after hitting a lamp post.
Days earlier, police said they were investigating a death in the Desert Highland Gateway Estates neighborhood on February 19 as a homicide.
The department sent an email Thursday afternoon alerting residents that officers will be going door to door to “inquire about violent crime in the area.”
“Take Back Your Neighborhood”
The Desert Highland Gateway Estates community accounts for about 2% of the city’s population and 30% of the city’s total gun violence, according to flyers distributed Thursday by the Palm Springs Police Department.
The flyers, distributed to residents or left in mailboxes, were titled “Take Back Your Neighborhood” and said residents could earn cash rewards in exchange for information leading to the arrest of suspects and perpetrators of crimes .
“The Palm Springs Police Department needs your help to combat this violence,” the flyer reads. “We ask that if you see something, say something.”
The department is asking residents with tips to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 760-341-7867 or text or call the PSPD Detective Bureau at 760-285-6742.
A department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a phone call to provide more information about Thursday’s walkabout.
The rise in violence dates back several years
A 2021 Desert Sun analysis of Palm Springs crime data reported to the FBI between 2010 and 2021 showed that an increase in violent crime in the Desert Highland Gateway Estates area began several years ago.
The analysis found that between late 2019 and summer 2021, police reported five fatal shootings in the area.
Three of them concerned teenagers.
A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in July 2020 in the Palm Vista and Granda Avenue neighborhood. A 15-year-old boy was killed in August 2020 in the area of North Granada Avenue and Bon Air Drive. A 19-year-old Indian woman was shot and killed at this same intersection last July.
Reporting by Desert Sun staff writers Ani Gasparyan and Paul Albani-Burgio and staff photographer Taya Gray was used in this report.
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