City of Ukiah, California

Police Department

Safety · Professionalism · Community Service

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    Reduce Crime and the Fear of Crime

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    Improve the Quality of Life in Our Neighborhoods

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    Enhance Community and Police Partnerships

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    Develop our Personnel

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    Accountable...to our Community

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Take a Hike!

You know, I can’t think of a better time than Valentine’s Day to tell that special someone in your life to take a hike! No, really, did you know that walking significantly improves our health and helps us lose a few of those winter pounds? Or that walking three times or more per week can help reduce our... (Read more)

Your Credit Score

In January, security experts warned that two security flaws, called Meltdown and Spectre, affect nearly all our computers’ microprocessors, the digital brains of every computer. These security flaws are serious and scary, because they allow hackers to lift passwords, photos, documents and other data from... (Read more)

Vision ZERO

The idea of Vision Zero started in Sweden, but has since been adopted worldwide. Here in the United States, cities like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Boston, Washington DC, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Mateo and Fremont are all currently undertaking major traffic... (Read more)

Parking Smart

In 2017, the City of San Francisco experienced a 27 percent increase in vehicle burglaries, according to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). To address the problem, the SFPD increased foot patrols in areas most affected by the increase in thefts and began a public education campaign to help people protect... (Read more)

Drugs and Kids – A Dangerous Combination

A few weeks ago, Ukiah Unified Superintendent Debra Kubin wrote a School Desk column about a November 2017 article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on the effects of cannabis in children.  In case you missed it, the AAP study entitled, Understanding the Highs and Lows of Adolescent Marijuana... (Read more)

The Legalization of Cannabis

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, thereby legalizing certain aspects of cannabis use for adults. During the last year, government officials all over California have been developing local laws to dictate where cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and sales can (and cannot) occur. As we begin... (Read more)

Starting Off Right

January is a great time to establish goals for the coming year, to think about the things that are most important. At the Ukiah Police Department (UPD), our goal is simple: we want to make sure you are safe.  As you can imagine, those of us who work for the police department face countless challenges each day, but... (Read more)

No Better Time

Almost every day, our local officers arrest someone for driving under the influence, and on New Year’s Eve that number increases.  During the holidays, we want to celebrate with our friends and family, to remember the fantastic year we had and look forward to the promise of next year. But it is during the... (Read more)

Last Chance

This is it, the last chance to prepare for Santa’s big day! Each of us probably still has a mile-long list of things to do, and as you know, local stores are extra busy during these final days before Christmas.  Unfortunately, our crazy, distracted holiday frenzy often allows local criminals to check things off... (Read more)

A Hundred Bucks an Hour

A few weeks ago, our officers responded to a disturbance near a local convenience store to investigate a report that someone was pressuring shoppers to give money in the parking lot. When the officers arrived, they quickly located a transient travelling through town seeking money. This transient happily told our... (Read more)

With Gratitude

Later this month, Sergeant Sam Marsh and Records Clerk Donna Kiely will retire from the Ukiah Police Department (UPD), and I must say, they are truly going to be missed. Both Sam and Donna have had long careers serving the Ukiah community, and their contributions to our success here at UPD have been endless.  Sam... (Read more)

Making A Difference

Last week, I toured the Ukiah Food Bank facility with Ford Street Project Executive Director Jacque Williams. Ford Street, which oversees food bank operations, is in the initial stages of remodeling the entire food bank facility and Jacque was excited to review the plans with us. Instead of utilizing the warehouse... (Read more)

Safety · Professionalism · Community Service