Monday, August 31, 2009
These are precautionary closures in response to the Los Angeles National Forest 'Area Closure Order' which includes the mountain areas above Sierra Madre. If the fire becomes a threat to Sierra Madre, information will be posted on the City web site, SMTV-3, e-Blast, and City of Sierra Madre Emergency Blog.
Other sources of information about the Station Fire can be found at InciWeb the Incident Information System http://inciweb.org/ and the web sites for the cities of Glendale http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/, La Canada http://www.blogger.com/www.lacanadaflintridge.com/ and Pasadena http://www.blogger.com/www.cityofpasadena.net/."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Fire Captain Hall and Firefighter Quinones as well as all members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Please join the APOA in keeping all those in Fire Service and Law Enforcement that are working these fires in your prayers. (Photo from Yahoo News)
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
- Slow down!
- Allow extra time for your travel.
- Be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Don't double park or violate parking restrictions!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
What can we do about it? Start at home with family and friends. Watch for signs of drug use and help with intervention. Be a good parent! Check with your kids, talk with your kids, know your kids. Here are two websites with additional information on teen drug use, tips for prevention and detection:
What about your neighborhood? What if you suspect drug activity near your home? Get to know your neighbors! You don't have to be best friends, but do know who belongs and who doesn't. What cars do they drive? What kind of hours do they keep? If comfortable, exchange emergency contact information with each other.
Excessive activity at a home? Different people or vehicles coming and going? This could be during certain times or throughout the day or night. Track activity at a suspected location with good notes. Write down license plate numbers and descriptions of persons if you can. Note dates and times of the activity. Where does the activity take place? Are the persons entering the home through the front door or are they walking through a side gate? Where does it look like transactions are taking place?
If you see what you believe to be a crime in progress, call the police immediately. If you simply suspect that someone is selling drugs or that a home is being used for drug sales, there are a few ways to get that information to the police. You can call and ask to speak with a narcotics detective or provide the information to a desk officer or other personnel to pass on for further investigation. There are sources on the web, like We-Tip or Crime Stoppers, that accept anonymous tip information. Just don't ignore the problem. Help keep our neighborhoods safe and drug-free.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
- WHO is reading your post or update? Just your friends? Remember that there is always a way to access information that you believe to be private. Take your pick - a boss, a feuding friend or ex-spouse, a predator or criminal?
- Giving constant updates of your whereabouts or plans gives criminals the knowledge that your home or business may be vacated, inviting theft or burglary.
- Personal information can be used to facilitate identity theft; birth dates, current address, where you were born, a maiden name.
- Job searching? Background investigators use tools to search your past and present Internet activity. One too many embarrassing photos or comment posts could doom your chances when job hunting.
- For those of us in Law Enforcement, remember that personal posts, website info, etc. is being used in court in attempts to show a bias or discredit you as a witness.
Bottom line is that everything that you post on-line is accessible, even deleted content sometimes. Your personal information is more easily obtained these days. Take a moment to query your name, your address, your phone numbers. Look at county records for home purchases and deeds. Do what you can to protect yourself from those who would victimize you. Many legitimate search sites will remove your personal information if you ask. And as far as social media goes, take a moment to think about what you are posting before you click that mouse.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Whenever anyone comes to your door that you do not know, first attempt to verbally identify them without opening the door. If you do open the door, ask them to show you some form of proper ID along with legitimate business cards or uniform. If you are in any doubt as to who you are dealing with, close and lock your door and call the police. Chances are that if the person is legitimate, they will gladly show you their identification and there will most likely be a work related vehicle directly in front of your home. If they are up to no good, they will move on when you confront their purpose. Be a good witness and give the police a description of the persons involved. By no means should you walk away from your home or allow an unknown person in your home. Stay safe, stay alert!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Unexplained bruises or injury
- Broken bones
- Controlled or restricted access to visits, friends or family
- Threatening or belittling behavior on the part of a caregiver
- Behavior by the elder mimicking dementia or childlike actions
Neglect or Self-Neglect
- Unusual or untreated sores or wounds
- Malnutrition, weight loss or dehydration
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Being left dirty or unbathed
- Unusual or unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts
- Items or cash missing from the home
- Suspicious changes in wills, powers of attorney, titles/deeds etc.
- Unpaid bills or additions of persons to accounts
- Mail is missing or changes of address
These are just some of the indicators of possible elder abuse. Pay close attention to your older family members, neighbors and friends. Adult Protective Service (APS) is an LA County group that responds to reports of suspected elder abuse. APS can be reached at (877) 4 R SENIORS. A social worker will respond accordingly along with Law Enforcement resources if needed. Another resource for information on elder abuse can be found at HelpGuide.com.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Law Enforcement has also gotten better at sharing information between agencies which allows for greatly improved capability to identify suspects and link criminal information. Secure Internet has provided that ability to us. The Internet has also allowed us to use sites to look for criminal activity. Sites like Craiglist and Ebay allow us the opportunity to proactively go after persons who participate in criminal behavior. Other sites where sexual predators seek victims or trade information are monitored and participated in so that we can further investigations as well.
The most important thing to remember is that just like you, the information that we access on a daily basis is public and readily available by anyone when it comes to normal use of the Internet. Unless we are conducting an investigation that is criminal in nature and we obtain search warrants or court orders, private information us exactly that - private.
A growing aspect to the use of the Internet by Law Enforcement is the use of social media. Social media is a great opportunity for police to interact with the community, share information, keep the community informed and vice versa. CNN ran a recent article on the topic, taking a look at Lakeland Police Department in Florida. A similar post on DygiScape by Joe Manna offers some links to other Law Enforcement uses of Twitter. Both articles discuss the use of social media by police. Cops2point0.com is a website hosted by Christa Miller and Scott White that is dedicated to examining and discussing better uses of social media by Law Enforcement. A few other local agencies use blogs or Twitter to reach out to their community. Take a look at Whitter PD, LAPD, and LASD Santa Clarita Station.
In addition to agency websites, there may be police associations, like APOA & Torrance POA, or individual police officers that host their own blogs, Twitter, Facebook or other social media related sites. Take a look at PoliceOne.com for a list of just some police related blogs. It is interesting to read the assorted posts and opinions.
Bottom line, don't panic...police use social media too!