Issue 6 and Volume 137.

OPERATION RED CAP ARSON INVESTIGATION Rapid response to the scene of a suspicious fire and securing public confidence and community acceptance are key components of this anti-arson program. Operation Red Cap, an anti-arson program tested and adopted in one of the nation’s highest fire and crime areas, has proven to be extremely effective. Since its creation three years ago, Red Cap has played a major role in reducing arson activity by 27% in the areas in which it operates. Red Cap also has been successful in increasing the number of fire-related arrests from 24 to 252 over the last three years, and in identifying the communities’ fire problems through statistical data and analysis. Key elements of the operation There are two main components of the Red Cap operation. First, the physical presence of fire marshals responding in pairs around the clock to all suspicious fire incidents. The marshals are highly…

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