The city performs all of its graffiti services in-house and does not contract with outside companies. “Most of the residents are glad to see that we are offering this type of program and want to help the city,” Ornelas said. The public safety center serves as a community locale that aims to strengthen communication between residents and the Sheriff’s Department. So far, it has worked, said Lt. Coronne Jacob. “Because of its location, it has opened up communication between the sheriff’s deputies and the community,” she said. Officials said crime this summer has not been as bad as expected. “The summer for violent crime and major incidents – minus the one murder – has been pretty low,” Jacob said. “Violent crime has been pretty low, and gang violence has been nil.” A woman was killed in June outside of the Rosemead Inn, on Glendon Way. Other than some isolated incidents, Jacob said, most of the calls for service have been focused on quality-of-life issues, such as stray shopping carts or graffiti. To learn more about the Rosemead Public Safety Center, located at 3018 Charlotte Ave., or the Adopt-A-Wall program, call (626) 569-2272. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – Local law enforcement is depending more on volunteers and civilian officers to help reduce crime and graffiti in the city, officials said. This is one of several changes that have come since public safety director Don Anderson took charge of the Rosemead Public Safety Center. The $500,000 center on Charlotte Avenue opened a year ago. Five sheriff’s deputies, a sergeant and code enforcement representatives work out of the building. “Use of volunteers and eager young workers have freed up deputy resources,” Anderson said. Citizens have seen faster response times, less graffiti and more deputies, officials said. Councilwoman Polly Low said she noticed the difference, and some residents said graffiti has decreased significantly in Rosemead. Bill Ornelas, field services manager for the safety center, said they work with community members to clean graffiti and on Aug. 1 started an “Adopt-A-Wall” program. “We contact the residents, give them paint, a tray and a brush, and they paint over the graffiti,” Ornelas said. “All they have to do is sign up.” Ornelas said calls for graffiti have decreased significantly the past four months. In May, the center was receiving up to 40 calls a day asking for graffiti cleanup. Now, that number has been reduced to between three and four per day, Ornelas said.