Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
If you have questions on the topic, refer to the Consumer Alert link above or call AFD at (626) 574-5104. If you believe that a crime is occurring involving this type of scam, or you have been victimized, call APD at (626) 574-5123.
- Paying the fine at the court, by mail, or on-line depending on the jurisdiction.
- Contesting the citation (Fighting the ticket) in person or by use of the "Trial by Declaration" (written) process.
- Attending "Traffic School". You will still pay a fine, but the citation is dismissed with no point on your driving record.
Paying the citation is your worst option in my opinion. You are out the fine and it is an automatic point on your record. Contesting the citation on a speeding ticket is difficult. If you lose, it is a fine and a point. If you plan on appearing; do your homework, be certain of your case, dress and act professionally, don't argue, don't get overly technical, but do present a well thought out defense. Most courts will not allow attending traffic school after trial. If you plan on fighting the cite in hopes that the Officer does not show up...it is a role of the dice. Our personnel are subject to discipline if they fail to show in court. Traffic school is the safest route, although you still pay the fine, your license is spared the point.
Like I told my friend, if you truly believe that you are correct and the Officer has erred or is wrong, contest the citation. Otherwise, my best advice...traffic school.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Law Enforcement Officers are taught early that our profession is one that is held to a "higher standard." From academy training on ethics and professionalism, the Field Training Officer who teaches and mentors, to the Supervisor who continues to monitor and develop Officers, new and experienced. The vast majority of Officers guide their careers by adhering to a "higher standard." Like all professions, there has and unfortuantely always will be the few that do not maintain that standard. It is the duty of every other Law Enforcement professional to hold them accountable. Conversely, we also have an obligation to stand behind any Law Enforcement professional who is wrongly accused.
A recent LA Times article by Sandy Banks refers to the Cambridge MA event as a "Power Play, not prejudice." The author makes some good points in support of her theory, but fails to recognize both sides of the coin. She even uses quotes from local Law Enforcement in an attempt to bolster her position. Look at the photo in the article. The Officer is holding a hand out, still continuing to attempt to calm the obviously yelling suspect. The author writes, "That's when the officer's actions turned a minor altercation into a national drama." I beg to differ. An Officer's actions at a scene are most often the direct result of the actions of a suspect. It is not the Officer that makes an individual uncooperative, unruly, or violent. The suspect makes a choice and the Officer is left to anticipate those suspect choices and actions, acting in response to the suspect.
Sandy Banks writes, I was angry when I first heard the news. If "Skip" Gates -- prominent scholar, author and friend of Barack Obama -- can be arrested on his own front porch simply for mouthing off to a cop, then the rest of us "loud and tumultuous" black folks surely better stay inside.
Where do we draw that line? Simply "mouthing off" is not normally beyond that line and most people recognize that. Officers take "mouthing off" all the time. It is the individual event as a whole that is considered. That is why there are laws in California that prohibit interfering with or delaying an Officer, threatening an Officer - there is a line and it does not matter who you are. It is the totality of the incident that determines where that line is drawn.
Law Enforcement is a difficult job. Early on, Sandy writes that we all deserve respect. How true! It does not matter who you are or what title you hold. But this also includes the Police Officer. It is not a citizens blind submission to authority at all. It should be simply a respect for the Officer who is trying to uphold the laws put in place by this society and for the Officer who is simply trying to do his or her job. Yes indeed, we all do deserve respect and have an obligation to respect everyone else as well.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This tragic event serves as a vivid reminder to constantly monitor your pools when anyone is swimming. Summer is here and swimming is a great way to beat the heat. Safety, safety, safety; no matter what age or how proficient a swimmer may be, always designate a responsible party to monitor the pool. Even in a moment away, tragic events can occur. Link HERE to a post on pool safety tips.
The suspects were described as a male Hispanic, about 25-30 years old with a shaved head, and a female, white or Hispanic, 25 years old, dark hair wearing a flower print skirt.
This serves as a reminder to not allow persons entry to your home that you do not know and don't allow someone to lure you outside for any reason if you have not initiated the contact. Call the police should this type of event happen to you. Get good descriptions and be a good witness. Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160.
Our image of toy guns has changed over the years. Cowboys and Indians, plastic guns, playing army, all have all given way to an era of realistic toy weapons alongside real, functioning handguns and rifles. Search the Internet; replica guns, airsoft, toy gun and see how realistic our toys have become. Not only do the kids and collectors love the realistic look, but so can the bad guys. Take a look below at some photos of functioning weapons that are painted or colored to resemble toys.
This trend causes a dilemma for us all. We read about young kids bringing actual weapons with them to school. We have seen tragedy with school and workplace shootings. Our children play with toys that look like the real thing. So with toy and weapon colliding, Law Enforcement is faced with even a greater challenge when responding to calls involving or persons (of any age) armed with a weapon. The red plastic tip of old is no longer a deterrent for an Officer when that weapon is pointed at them. Unfortunately, bad guys have not only colored their weapons, they have also attempted to duplicate the red tip, all to "fool" the Officer and gain that split second advantage.
As parents, we need to do what we can to protect our children. If they play with replica weapons, have a responsible adult around to watch them and guide their form of play. Play in your own yard, not in a school yard, park or around other buildings. Visit paintball courses. Use common sense. The citizen passing by, your neighbor, or the responding Officer may not know that someone is "just playing."
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thanks to Huntington Beach PD for the assist! HBPD jumped right in, assisting in the field and in facilitating an out of county warrant for our suspect. Great teamwork all around.
Today is the 82nd anniversary of the murder of Arcadia Police Officer Albert Matthies. Officer Matthies was killed in the line of duty on July 19, 1927. Officer Matthies is the only Arcadia Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty. Please visit the APOA website or our previous blog post on this tragedy for a brief history in memory of Officer Albert Matthies.
The murder of Officer Matthies is memorialized at the following locations:
- Plaque memorial at Foothill Blvd/Northview Ave, Arcadia CA
- Los Angeles County Peace Officers Memorial, Whittier CA
- California Peace Officers Memorial, Sacramento CA
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Washington DC
- Officer Down Memorial Page
Friday, July 17, 2009
Please...do not drink and drive. Report drunk drivers, call 9-1-1.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The article points out that use of social media by Law Enforcement is an opportunity to reach out to the public in a far different way than traditional means. "Tightly controlled information" and the Public Information Officer (PIO) are not being replaced by the use of social media. The use of social media by police is an additional tool at our disposal and is of value. Take a look at the article and the Cops 2.0 website for additional information on the topic and some great examples of how Law Enforcement in putting this concept to use.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, dial 9-1-1 and seek medical aid immediately.
Monday, July 13, 2009
This video was put together by Arcadia's Best after a ride-a-long with Officer Justin St. Pierre of APD. It focuses on use of the Automated License Plate Reader which four of our units are equipped with. The ALPR is a great piece of equipment and scans countless vehicle plates automatically. See our post on the ALPR system HERE.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Summer is upon us and many folks will be out buying lengths of 2'x4', PVC pipe, shelving, trim, and other long items that we need for projects. Sometimes there is a problem with just how long the items are and how much our vehicle can accommodate. The are many laws in the California Vehicle Code that pertain to size, weight and load. These sections apply to all vehicles and not just commercial vehicles and trucks. Here are a few examples of sections that cover violations that we commonly see on the roadway;
- CVC 24604 - Rear Load or Projection Excess 4' Requires Flag or Red Lights. Any load that extends beyond 4' from the rear of the vehicle, measured from the taillights, needs a 12"x12" red flag during the daytime and 2 red lights during darkness.
- CVC 35111 - Passenger Vehicles, No Load May Project Beyond the Line of the Fender on Left Side and No More Than 6" from Right Fender. The picture above depicts a common scenario with items sticking out of the passenger window. In this case, the items were about 2' from the passenger side of the car and would be considered unlawful.
- CVC 35406/35410 - Limit Front and Rear Projections. 3' to front from front bumper and 2/3 wheelbase limit to rear.
- Click HERE for sections regarding covering loads such as sand and gravel.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Overall, I am pleased with the development of Law Enforcement over the last two decades. Education and training requirements have been raised, accountability on both an individual and department level is more evident, and I think that more departments interact with the communities that they serve today, more than in decades past.
Laws will be laws; they are just massaged over time to suit technology, trends, need and other factors. The individual officer plays a key role in positive change and effectiveness in any department. Like other police departments, we look for the best people we can and provide them with excellent training and guidance, striving to put competent, thinking, police officers on the street. The training never ends and time plus experience add to how the individual officer grows in their career.
Take a look at the comments and see what you think...
Saturday, July 4, 2009
The 4th of July is Independence Day! Have a great holiday and celebrate safely. Remember that all fireworks are illegal to possess or use in the City of Arcadia. HERE is a list of fireworks shows in LA County.
As always, remember to not drink and drive. Report drunk drivers, call 9-1-1.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Remember that all fireworks are illegal to use or possess in the City of Arcadia.
Other programs are being offered in surrounding areas this weekend, sponsored by AAA. So, if you are not in Arcadia or another area serviced by Jan's Towing, give AAA a call at (800) 400-4AAA. See this KTLA5 story which offers some safety tips from AAA.
Remember to report drunk drivers, call 9-1-1 and help keep our roads safe!