Fullerton PD’s ECHO Unit patrols streets during weekends when revelers abound
By Marc Ballon
Early Sunday morning, March 6. Time: 1:15 a.m. Place: Downtown Fullerton.
Walking the streets amid a throng of booze-scented partiers, Sgt. Pedram Gharah, Cpl. Ryan O’Neil and Officer Davis Crabtree of the Fullerton Police Department smile at passers-by and even pose for selfies. Good vibes abound, despite the occasional hard stare or nasty remark.
Gharah, O’Neil and Crabtree belong to Fullerton’s ECHO Unit. They, along with two motorcycle officers, patrol downtown Thursday through Saturday, when nighttime revelers transform the city center into Orange County’s version of the Las Vegas Strip.
The Fullerton officers nab drunk drivers, drive through municipal parking structures looking for people doing drugs or drinking; break up fights or deter them with their high visibility; and make unannounced visits to some of the area’s 52 restaurants and bars to ensure they aren’t over capacity and a potential fire hazard.
“Our main focus is the safety of our community and the safety of the thousands of people attracted to our vibrant downtown,” ECHO leader Gharah said.
Source:: Fullerton Police News