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Tips on How To Discourage Thefts & Burglaries

Tips on How to Prevent Thefts and Burglaries   Lock doors and windows to your residence or business including back sliders, garages, and sheds.   Keep car doors locked including trailers.   Hide Valuables.    Remove packages from porch or... (Read more →)

Going out of town?

Are you thinking of getting away this summer? Before you do, be sure to safeguard your home and possessions. Law enforcement officers are constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce burglaries and thefts because we know just how upsetting a burglary can be.  People who are victims of a residential burglary... (Read more →)

Hot Dog, Summer Is Here!

Summer Safety for Pets Although summer is full of fun activities like outdoor concerts, it can also include heartbreak for pet owners if we’re not careful. Don’t leave your family dog in the car! Most people don’t realize how quickly the temperature can rise inside a car. On a 90-degree day, the interior... (Read more →)

What to do? Summer Vacation

Did you realize that this is the last full week of school? Next week, our kids will finish up their final exams and experience that wonderful feeling of freedom as the pressures of school drop away and they start their summer vacations. Have you thought about what your kids will do all summer? The fact is, busy... (Read more →)

Remember Our Hometown Heroes

This weekend we will celebrate Memorial Day. While you’re spending time with friends and family, I hope you can pause for a moment to remember the men and women who have served our nation and fought for our freedom. I can’t think of a more heroic act than to serve your fellow man, and our veterans are some of the... (Read more →)

Finding Great People

Recently, the Ukiah Police Department presented our annual performance report to the Ukiah City Council, which highlighted our most important success: decreasing crime in our community. I am proud to announce that last year, crime decreased by 15 percent, continuing a five-year trend that has included a 25-percent... (Read more →)

One Child Can Change the World

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, making it the perfect time to thank all of our teachers for the fantastic work they do. Teachers make our world a better place; they influence, guide and support students so they can achieve great things. To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, the National Education... (Read more →)

Hot Topics

For several years, I’ve written this weekly column about topics affecting safety in the Ukiah Valley, covering everything from local crime to school safety, and even community events. So many things influence safety in our community, and I appreciate the Ukiah Daily Journal’s support as I share information to try... (Read more →)

Performance Review 2018

It is important for organizations to evaluate their performance regularly. It helps them understand what they’ve accomplished, where they stand compared to previous years and current goals, and most importantly, what to focus on in the coming year. Here at the Ukiah Police Department (UPD), we’ve developed a... (Read more →)

The Thin Gold Line

Regardless of your emergency—whether it’s a crime in progress, a medical crisis, or a fire threatening your home—the first person who answers your call for help is a dispatcher. Even though dispatchers can't see what’s happening, they serve as the eyes and ears of our first responders, the guiding angels who... (Read more →)

Look, Signal and Look Again

It should be simple and safe to cross the street: always use a crosswalk, look both ways and pay attention to traffic. But the reality is that crossing the street can be really dangerous. A few years ago, a motorist hit and seriously injured a student in a crosswalk on N. State Street while the student was walking... (Read more →)

Crime Fighting and Vegetables?

At first glance, you might not think about a community garden as a crime fighting tool–but I do. Many of our neighborhoods have planted community gardens and in each case, once a garden is established, crime has dropped in that neighborhood. Take the community garden on East Gobbi Street near the railroad tracks,... (Read more →)