When what seemed like every Little Saigon cafe, owner and manager were busted for operating illegal gambling machines last year, it was obvious there was disconnect between the Vietnamese community and the enforcers of municipal law in Garden Grove.
Police Chief Kevin Raney hopes to bring the two sides closer together during an outreach program this afternoon.
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Besides getting a chance to meet Raney and his staff, Vietnamese merchants and residents will get to dialogue with them about municipal code enforcement, the department's red light camera program and other traffic issues.
The first of several planned meetings between police and the Vietnamese community in the coming months is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. at Advanced Beauty College, 10121 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove.
A release from the police agency says the department has a 30-year history of working closely to address the needs of the city's Vietnamese community, including establishing a field office within the Vietnamese commercial district that is manned by a bilingual, Vietnamese Community Service officer. At the office, which is open four days a week, the public can file reports, schedule crime-prevention presentations, set up Neighborhood Watch/Commercial Watch programs and arrange residential or commercial security inspections, all of which are free services.
To contact Community Service Officer Kelly Phan by phone, call 714.554.2478.