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About the Chula Vista Police Department 

The Chula Vista Police Department is organized into four divisions: Administrative Services Division; Patrol Operations Division; Investigations Division; and, Fiscal Operations/Research Division.


The Administrative Services Division of the Chula Vista Police Department consists of the Professional Standards Unit, Police Support Services, Crime Lab, Public Information, Community Relations and the City Jail. The Investigations Division consists of numerous units whose officers, detectives and civilians, with the exception of the School Resource Unit, work predominately plain-clothes assignments. It's units include Investigations, Crimes of Violence, Special Investigations and associated task forces, Family Protection, Property Crimes and School Resource Officers. Fiscal Operations/Research Division, commanded by a civilian manager, consists of the Budget and Analysis Unit as well as the Research and Analysis Unit.


The Patrol Operations Division consists of Patrol, Traffic, DUI Enforcement, S.T.O.P. Program, Street/Gang Team, Technology and Communications. According to the Chula Vista Police Department, “The Patrol Division provides quality law enforcement to the residents and visitors to the City of Chula Vista 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This uniformed division embraces the concept of Community Oriented Policing and strives to further enhance it's partnership with the community. Patrol division officers work 10-hour days, 4 days a week.


Supplementing the individual officers beat knowledge is the Tough On Crime (TOC) program. TOC develops information from the Crime Analysis Unit as well as information from Officers and Detectives, and then utilizes crime-mapping techniques to depict a picture of what is happening throughout the city in a simple and concise manner. This information allows Officers to be more aware of crime within the city and assists officers and supervisors in making informed patrol decisions.”




After studying to be a Catholic priest for five years while earning a B.A. in English Literature from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, Tom Basinski traded his Roman collar for a badge and gun, patrolling the mean streets of hometown Flint, Michigan.


After a year and a half in Flint, Tom moved to California where he worked for the Chula Vista Police (17 years), and as an investigator for the San Diego District Attorney (17 years).  While a homicide detective for Chula Vista, Basinski began writing true crime stories for various pulp magazines, eventually selling over 125 true crime stories.  Tom Basinski is the author of No Good Deed and Cross-County Evil.

According to the book description of No Good Deed, it “is a true story of jealousy, rage, steroids, voodoo, strippers, and murder. The charred remains of 38-year old nice guy David Stevens are found in his incinerated Chrysler convertible December 23, 1998 in upscale La Jolla, California, with two bullet holes in his head.


San Diego Homicide detectives work every angle imaginable but get nowhere. Leads are uncovered, but dissolve. Stevens’s family in Nebraska hires a private investigator who slings mud at the police in whatever publication will listen to him.

Then, in November 2001, Ny Nourn supplies police with enough information to solve the case. Knowing who killed someone, and proving it in court are distinct entities. Two people stand trial for this sex-charged homicide. One defendant proves especially difficult as he attempts to contract for the execution of the other defendant’s attorney after the preliminary hearing. The defendant believed the attorney was trying to put most of the blame on him. With the execution thwarted, new attorneys take over. The difficult defendant fires his attorney and represents himself.”


According to the book description of Cross-Country Evil, “The first sentence in CROSS-COUNTRY EVIL reads: “It was just another murder.” Over 300 pages later, the last sentence is: “Janet Moore’s was not just another murder.” Packed between the first and last sentences are 18 years of a sometimes routine and sometimes harrowing police investigation in San Diego, California and Daytona Beach, Florida.

Many things happen during those years. A group of artists criticize and ridicule the police for not caring when a woman is murdered. When the San Diego Police do arrest a serial murderer of women, the artists criticize the cops for only properly investigating the deaths of respectable white women inside their homes.


The homicide sergeant's wife, who is also a police officer in another division, dies at an early age during the investigation causing additional stress on the sergeant. One of the other homicide detectives dies prematurely too. The rest of the homicide team either retires or is transferred. Prospects of solving the murder look bleak.

DNA comes of age during the investigation, and plays a part in the apprehension of the killer, but DNA is not the only part. Good, old-fashioned police work, surveillance, and cunning play an equally large role in bringing the rapist-killer to justice.


The book features exclusive interviews with the cops, prosecutor, defense attorney, family of the killer, and even a disturbing interview with the killer himself inside prison walls.”

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