About the Irvine Police
City of Irvine is about 70 square miles and contains roughly 210,000 people. The Irvine Police Department
is a full-service law enforcement agency that provides typical law enforcement services such as police patrol and investigations.
According to the Irvine Police Department, “patrol officers operate under the area policing plan
and officers, whether a patrol officer, traffic officer or a detective, are assigned to one of three areas. The officers,
who are assigned to a geographical area for 1 year, are allowing them to become more familiar with problems occurring in their
respective areas. In doing so, the officers' ability to address the community's needs and concerns will be more effective
and specific. In addition to the improvements to the way we operate, we are also implementing cutting edge technology to help
our officers and civilian employees to be more effective.
Each police vehicle is equipped with
a laptop computer, offering powerful computer software that allows officers to locate addresses, create reports, generate
maps, and receive calls for service. As technology advances, we too will maintain the most state of the art equipment available.
In addition to that technology, police vehicles are also equipped with in-car video technology. These additions to our technological
tools will contribute to a safer community. The vehicles are equipped with less lethal weapons, patrol rifles and certain
vehicles contain spike strips for stopping pursuits.”
Frank Caruso is a motorcycle police officer with the Irvine Police Department
(California). With more than 15 years experience in law enforcement, Frank Caruso
has held a variety of positions including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, D.A.R.E. Instructor, and Gang Officer/Investigator.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and an Associate of Arts degree in Administration of Justice.
Police Officer Frank Caruso has received several Community Policing Awards and is a recipient of the prestigious International
Association of Chiefs of Police Civil Rights Award.
Frank Caruso’s book is an illustrated children’s book, “designed
to teach preschool through third-grade level children that police officers are not only community servants who are there to
help and protect them, but are human beings with their own unique families and interests.” While Frank Caruso provided the content in the form of a true story, the book was illustrated by Irene
Williams, “a recently retired sixth-grade teacher from the Garden Grove Unified School District in Garden Grove, California.
During her 30-year career, Ms. Williams instructed students at every grade level, including members of the Gifted and Talented
Frank’s book is endorsed by Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE).