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Burglary Prevention

Did you know that a burglary occurs approximately every 15 seconds in the United States? Even though the average burglary results in a loss of less than $1,600, most people tell me that being the victim of a burglary can feel very intrusive; imagine someone you don’t know going through your dresser drawers and... (Read more →)


A few weeks ago, two 12-year-old kids were arrested in Florida for cyberbullying in connection with a middle school student who hanged herself. According to published reports, one of the suspects called the victim names, threatened to expose sensitive personal information, and started rumors about the victim having... (Read more →)

A Life-Changing Endeavor

Fifteen years ago today, Ukiah Police Sergeant Marcus Young almost lost his life in the line of duty. I think anniversaries like this are important to commemorate, to recognize and remember the significant contributions that Sergeant Young and so many other law enforcement officers make every single day. Sergeant... (Read more →)

Grab Your Hat!

It’s time to grab your red-and-white striped Dr. Seuss hat and pick out your favorite children’s book, because National Read Across America Day is right around the corner! I couldn’t be more excited to tell you about this fantastic day because, as I know I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely love to read. On... (Read more →)

Scary Statistics

Did you know that no state has more pedestrian deaths than California? Or that California’s pedestrian fatality rate is almost 70 percent higher than the national average? These are truly scary statistics, and we need to do everything we can to make sure no one from our community becomes one of those statistics. ... (Read more →)

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 →)