Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Sergeant Mark Dunakin, Sergeant Ervin Romans, Sergeant Daniel Sakai, and Officer John Hege were laid to rest on Friday, March 27, 2008. A memorial service was held at the Oracle Arena/Stadium in Oakland. Officers from throughout the nation and Canada attended the ceremony. The San Francisco Chronicle estimated the crowd to be in excess 20,000. Oakland PD stood tall and proud, hosting a ceremony that was able to honor each of the Officers personally. Speakers honored the Officers and spoke from their hearts to give insight into the lives and careers of Mark, Ervin, Daniel, and John. HERE is one link to the address by Captain Edward Tracey. Captain Tracey was the commanding officer for both specialized units to which all four Officers were assigned. After the ceremony, motorcades and escorts took the four slain Officers, individually, for graveside services in their respective communities. It was an honor and privilege to attend the services.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The suspect was only described as a male Hispanic in his 20's, dark clothing and short dark hair. The suspect vehicle was a newer model, dark brown 4-door sedan with unknown type or color paper dealer plates. The suspect vehicle was being driven by an older female Hispanic, large build, 50-60 years old.
Even with the vehicle locked, the suspect was able to easily break a window and gain entry to the car. DO NOT leave valuable items in plain sight in your car, even if only away for a few minutes. This type of crime takes only seconds to commit.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
There are great resources on the web that provide explanations of what a virus is, how they infect your computer and how to prevent them. Using your firewall appropriately and scanning your system with a competent virus program are simple steps to make sure that your computer does not fall prey to a virus or worm. Here are just a few such resources;
Some viruses can have the appearance of legitimate programs such as Windows Security but continue to "pop-up" and then lead you to a site that offers a "fix" for a fee. Be aware of such scams and use your anti-virus programs to root them out. You too may someday have to "arrest a virus".
Monday, March 23, 2009
The Oakland Police Department is mourning the loss of four Police Officers killed in the line of duty this weekend. Sergeant Mark Dunakin was killed and his partner, Officer John Hege, was gravely wounded after both were shot by a wanted suspect with a no-bail parole warrant. It is reported that the shooting occurred after Sgt. Dunakin and Off. Hege conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle being driven by the suspect.
The suspect fled on foot and was found hiding in an apartment a short time later. He again opened fire on Oakland PD and killed two SWAT personnel, Sergeant Ervin Romans and Sergeant Daniel Sakai. The suspect was ultimately shot and killed by Oakland PD.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all members of Oakland PD, to the Sergeants and Officer killed in the line of duty, and to their family and friends. The APOA salutes Sergeant Mark Dunakin, Officer John Hege, Sergeant Ervin Romans, and Sergeant Daniel Sakai for their service and dedication.
HERE is a link to news stories from the Oakland area.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Can I put after-market tinting on the windows of my vehicle?
The main requirements for legal window tinting in California are: The windshield and front driver's side and passenger's side windows cannot receive any aftermarket tinting. If the rear window of a vehicle is tinted, the vehicle must have outside rearview mirrors on both sides.
The law prohibits any person from driving any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows, with certain limited exceptions.
However, legislation signed into law effective January 1, 1999, exempts from the above prohibition specified clear, colorless, and transparent material that is installed, affixed, or applied to the front driver and passenger side windows for the specific purpose of reducing ultraviolet rays. If, as, or when this material becomes torn, bubbled or otherwise worn, it must be removed or replaced
Most of the time, this violation is a "fix-it" ticket and can be signed off by a police officer. Unless the material you have applied is clear, UV only, with documentation, almost all tinting is unlawful in California.
Refer California Vehicle Code sections 26101 and 26708(a)(1).
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Suspect #1: M/H, 5'08", heavy set, 20-25 years, dark clothing.
Suspect #2: M/H, 6'01", thin, dark clothing
Although similar suspect description, it is unknown whether or not the robbery committed early on Saturday morning is connected.
UPDATE - Composites released depicting suspects, #1 and #2, left to right.
The story ran yesterday and has some good tips to help keep you safe from being scammed on the Internet and even your cell phone. Click on the article title above to view the story and video.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
If you take a look at the California Police Chiefs Association website, you can view the conference agenda. The majority of the conference, like most conferences in any industry, has a focus on tools and technology, suppliers and vendors. It serves as a great avenue for networking and finding the latest and greatest that the industry has to offer.
The agenda boasts speakers and workshops on a few current issues such as "Donning and Doffing" lawsuits, terrorism, tactical response debriefing, and other legal issues. Topics that are glaringly missing include discussions on budgets and financing in today's economic climate, managing departments that attract, train , develop, and retain quality personnel, just to name a couple of relevant, current needs in the Law Enforcement community. At least, those are workshops that I would hope to find if I were a chief.
I come from an average size municipal agency in Southern California. Our city is fortunate enough to be fairly well off in comparison to other cities. We enjoy a decent and fairly stable tax base with a good mix of commercial, industrial and residential. However, our agency is experiencing continuous budget reviews and cuts, slashes in overtime expenditures, programs halted or put on hold, personnel positions being frozen, and other cost cutting measures. This is reality in California and across the nation.
Perhaps instead of looking at the future of technology and tools in Law Enforcement, our chiefs convention should turn the clock back and focus on what the employees are constantly asked to do; that being to "do more with less" and how to do it in the most efficient manner while maintaining professional and quality agencies. Toys are great and often offer change for the better, but most times the best changes comes from simple, effective leadership.
The Chief was on the right track in seeking that community outreach technology, but in the mean time, this blog seems like a good start in that direction.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The first item of business is to check for injuries to you or any other involved driver or passenger. If someone is injured, call 9-1-1 and report the collision immediately. If there are injuries that require medical attention, leave the vehicles in place until police and fire personnel arrive.
If no one is hurt and the vehicles are drivable, remove them from the roadway and pull to the side of the road, into a parking lot or on to a side street, out of traffic. Evaluate the damage and if there is substantial damage or injury, the police should be called to the scene. If the damage is minor and no one is injured, exchanging information between drivers is acceptable. Most drivers believe that a police report is always required. This is NOT the case and some agencies will not even respond to minor collisions. Absent prosecution for major collisions, death, hit and run, unlicensed drivers etc, the police report is simply paperwork for the insurance companies.
When exchanging information, record the following;
- Date, time and location of the collision
- Name, address and phone numbers for all drivers and passengers
- Drivers license numbers for involved drivers
- Insurance company name, policy number and policy holder for all drivers or vehicles
- Complete vehicle information of involved vehicles to include license number, make, model, color, description such as pick-up, four door etc and name of registered owner if different
- Description of any damage
- Photographs of damage, or lack there of, other parties and scene if safe to do so
- Note lane position of each vehicle and where the vehicles were prior to and at time of collision
- Note any unusual conditions such as inoperative lights, vision obstruction
- Note/photograph any physical evidence like skids or debris resulting from collision
Remember, you must carry with you and present to a police officer, your driver's license, proof of insurance and current vehicle registration when stopped by an officer or involved in a collision.