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Concerning Behavior – What to do?

It seems that more and more, we are seeing news stories about senseless acts of violence by people who are mentally ill, including some recent incidents here in Ukiah. And, in the wake of the recent Sandy Hill school shootings, lawmakers and others are pushing for legislation to improve mental health services in... (Read more)

Teen Peer Court

Young people today face many challenges in their journey from young childhood through their teen years and into healthy adulthood. Teens face choices that affect their lives personally, academically, and socially; and unfortunately, this process often includes making mistakes. Sometimes young people make such poor... (Read more)

Kids and Cellphones: Keeping our kids safe from danger

A while ago, our family bought an internet connection for our TV, and I quickly discovered Hulu, an internet site that allows you to watch TV over the Internet. Along with discovering Hulu, I discovered that you could watch old TV shows like The Bob Newhart Show. I just loved The Bob Newhart Show growing up in the... (Read more)

Stop Speeding Before We Stop You.

These last few weeks sure have been cold here in Ukiah. In this weather, it seems like everything takes a little longer in the morning: we wait for our cars to warm up, for the windows to defrost, and then we decide to run back inside to grab an extra sweater, scarf, or jacket. Because it takes a bit longer to get... (Read more)

Social Media Safety

Keeping kids safe online is tough to do when we, as parents, don’t really understand what’s out there. On Wednesday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. the Ukiah Police Department (UPD) and Ukiah High School (UHS) are teaming up to present, “Digital Safety,” a program to educate parents about how to keep their teens and... (Read more)

Cyber Bullying: How To Protect Your Children

In a world where people use technology to stay connected; understanding that technology—and how to protect young people who use it—is more important than ever. To help parents, the Ukiah Police Department (UPD) and Ukiah High School (UHS) are teaming up to present, “Digital Safety,” a program to educate... (Read more)

Impaired Drivers: It’s Not Just Alcohol That’s Dangerous

I hope everyone had a safe and very Merry Christmas. Right around the corner is New Year’s Eve and, like every year, our Ukiah Police Department (UPD) officers will be out in force to deter drunk driving. In early December some of you may have witnessed a horrific car crash on North State Street. A car drove off... (Read more)

Keeping Our Children Safe

Like everyone else, we here at the Ukiah Police Department (UPD) were shocked and dismayed over the senseless and horrific school shooting that occurred Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. Like Ukiah, Newtown is a small town of about 30,000 people. We all feel an overwhelming grief about this event, and our thoughts and... (Read more)

Don’t Give Your Identity to a Thief for Christmas

Working hard, paying your bills, and being an all-around respectable citizen doesn’t protect you from identity theft. In fact, it can make you a target. Identity theft – or identity fraud – is the fastest growing crime in the United States. It occurs when a victim's identity is used by another for financial... (Read more)

The Santa in Us: Wise and Wonderful Holiday Giving

I hope everyone noticed that the Ukiah Daily Journal has kicked off its annual Food Bank Fund Drive. This drive is CRUCIAL to delivering food to those in need within our community. Jacque Williams, the Executive Director of the Ukiah Community Center and Ford Street Project, told me that when people give to the... (Read more)

Protecting Yourself This Holiday Season – Don’t Fall Prey to a Grinch

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. You know, the one who tried to stop Christmas by stealing from the Whos down in Whoville. Well, I’m sorry to say that, along with holiday cheer, the holiday season brings out the Grinches in Ukiah.  Typically, home burglaries rise during the Christmas... (Read more)

So Much to Be Thankful For in Ukiah

This Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to recognize some of the many reasons we can be thankful to live in such a wonderful community. First, and very personally, I am deeply thankful for the courage of people I have the privilege of working with, the people who dedicate their careers to public safety. I... (Read more)

Safety · Professionalism · Community Service