Sunday, May 31, 2009
Measure A seeks voter approval to UPDATE an existing ordinance; it is not a new tax. Measure A modernizes the Utility Users Tax Ordinance that was put in place in 1970. These UUT dollars remain in Arcadia and ensure locally protected revenue for public safety. If Measure A is not approved and the UUT is not modernized, this portion of the General Fund may be subject to legal challenge and could result in an estimated $1 million loss.
Remember to vote "YES" on Measure A on Tuesday, June 9th.
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Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
This serves as a good reminder to be aware of this type of criminal activity and next week’s “Tuesday Tip” will address the topic.
This video was produced by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In the Dover NASCAR race on May 31st, LEO's will be saluted and Jeff Gordon's car will carry the NLEOMF logo and information supporting donations to the Memorial Fund. You can make a $5 donation to the Fund by texting "HERO" to 20222 on your cellular phone.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
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Depending on the topic, we may address the question in a separate topic or as a reply comment. We will make every effort to address all questions that come in. So don't be shy, just ask!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Police departments throughout California will be looking for drivers and passengers who don’t buckle up during the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign. And that includes passengers in the back seat. “Click It or Ticket” debuted in California in 2005, and since then over one million more vehicle occupants have started buckling up.
The cost of an adult seat belt violation costs $132, and up to $435 for not properly restraining a child under 16. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket.
So when you pack up the family, or even just yourself, please do so safely. Don’t put your own life at risk, or the life of your family or friends. Buckle up. The 2009 campaign runs from May 18th - 31st.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
A positive trait of leadership is the ability to develop personnel under your watch. Development goes hand in hand with continued training, learning, and succession planning. If we are doing our jobs as supervisors, development is an ongoing theme and with time, you should have the confidence in your staff to properly carry out any mission or task. In my experience, the higher in rank that we promote, the truth of the above statement multiplies.
In the case of the Oakland PD tragedy, a Captain with responsibility for management over both a Traffic Bureau and the S.W.A.T. Team, made a conscious choice to remain at the hospital with the families of two mortally wounded motor officers as opposed to responding to a barricade suspect incident. Granted, the barricade situation was obviously a high priority, in that the suspect was the same murderer who had just shot the two motor officers, the Captain felt a duty to carry out his mission at hand; that comforting the families of the slain officers. The management of the barricade situation was deferred to the Patrol Captain, who as noted in the article did have previous S.W.A.T. experience. At the barricade scene, the decision was made to enter the apartment where the murderer lied in wait and the lives of two additional of Oakland’s finest were taken from us.
Any Law Enforcement death is tragic, but the events in Oakland on March 21, 2009, are something that I never again wish to see in my career. This tragedy has negatively impacted not only the Oakland PD family, but each and every one of us in the greater Law Enforcement family. Investigations, debriefs, questions, accusations, followed by answers, suggestions, and training, will never satisfy all of us with a vested interest in this tragedy. But we can each take something and improve our thought process, our tactics, our leadership ability, by being open to what we learn in the aftermath.
To be a successful supervisor, especially at a management level, you need to have the confidence in your personnel that any mission they confront or undertake in your absence, will be carried out in a manner consistent with training, law enforcement ethics, department policy, and procedures. Not all missions will be successful, but the majority will be. If any one of us is so indispensable to an organization, that our presence is the only way to ensure success, we have failed in our mission as a leader. Likewise, if any one of us believes that we are indispensable, we have failed personally.
Like all Law Enforcement tragedies and high profile incidents, there will be training and potential changes to procedure that will follow the Oakland tragedy. Take the time to review each and every bulletin or review; digest it, learn from it, and move forward. Casting stones, deflecting focus, disparaging others lends no benefit, and moreover, pays no tribute to our fallen brothers.
Friday, May 15, 2009
The resident saw a female approach the front door on Winnie Way and then shortly after the two males went into the rear yard. After calling the police, the subjects ran away from the home to the van, described as full-size, maroon in color with windows, and no rear license plate. The subjects were possibly alerted to the call by use of police scanners and fled prior to APD arrival.
This type of "M.O." has been used in some residential burglaries in town and residents should be alert to persons approaching homes in this manner. It is not uncommon for a suspect to knock on the door in attempts to see if someone is home prior to the commission of a burglary. If the resident answers, there is usually some feigned excuse provided by the suspect such as lost, looking for a dog, looking for directions, etc. Please call the police right away should you see or experience this type of activity.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
While our overall residential burglary rate has slowed since early this year, this type of crime continues and everyone should be vigilant in keeping an eye out for suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood. Call the police right away if you believe there is suspicious persons or activity in your area. Three arrests were made recently because of an alert neighbor who called APD while observing a possible crime in progress.