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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Local Treasures: Our Non-Profits

I’m sure you’ve heard of organizations like the Ford Street Project, the Food Bank, and Plowshares. Last week, while preparing a presentation about the homeless and transient problems in Ukiah, I visited these organizations. I was inspired by incredibly dedicated people, who are passionate about providing... (Read more)

Community Police Partnerships: An Ounce of Prevention…

Last Friday, I was invited to attend a Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation (RCHDC) staff meeting in Ukiah. RCHDC is a charitable, non-profit corporation that helps people become homeowners through a self-help, home-building program. RCHDC also manages multi-family, low-income housing for families and... (Read more)

Ukiah Parades

Last week, I wrote about the problems with crime and safety because of the transient population. Every person I have talked with tells me how frustrated they are with the increased crime, vandalism, and illegal activities that are occurring in Ukiah. As I said last week, giving handouts to transients does not help... (Read more)

Handouts Don't Help

In last week’s paper you may have read about our police activity regarding transient issues on E. Gobbi Street. The increased presence of transients in Ukiah is causing real problems for citizens and for our police force. Transients are different than folks who are temporarily down on their luck, like a homeless... (Read more)

Texting While Driving

Daily I see people, especially teens, who use their cell phones to send text messages while driving. I can’t begin to explain how dangerous this practice is for the driver who is texting—and for the rest of us! It is staggering to learn just how many people are injured, or worse die because of distracted drivers... (Read more)

Public Safety Foundation BBQ

Public Safety Appreciation BBQ (Read more)

Marijuana Hot Topic

It’s autumn again and the Ukiah Police Department has started to receive a large number of calls related to marijuana. Some callers report relatively minor concerns, but others make 9-1-1 emergency calls. These are usually related to somebody upset over growing activities they believe are illegal, theft of... (Read more)

Gang Resistance is Paramount

Remember being a middle school student? Feeling awkward? Dealing with a changing body, changing emotions, changing priorities? What would you have done to feel accepted…to have a group of people who would always protect and care for you? Some kids would do just about anything. Anyone who knows (or has been) a... (Read more)

Bicycle Safety

A few weeks ago, I started compiling bicycle safety facts for this weekly column. I wanted to share that Ukiah is a safe community for cyclists. I was really proud that within the City Limits we hadn’t had a bicycle-related fatality in more than 20 years and that we’ve had an average of only 4 to 6 injury-related... (Read more)

Busy Teens Stay Out of Trouble

Last week I provided some tips on keeping students safe, focusing primarily on elementary and middle school students. This week, I’d like to share some thoughts on how to keep high school students safe. The short answer is, "Keep them busy." Both physical activity and extracurricular activity have been proven to... (Read more)

Back to School Safety

With school starting again, I thought I would share some thoughts about how to keep our kids safe. Sometimes we—parents, school faculty and police officers—focus so much on big dangers like drugs or fights, we forget we can make a difference by paying attention to the small stuff. Research shows that school-age... (Read more)

School Resource Officer

New School Resource Officer Kicks Off Twentieth Year of Collaboration Between Ukiah Police Department and Ukiah High School Ukiah, CA – As many Ukiah-area students begin the school year at a new school, Ukiah Police Officer Vince Morse does the same. Officer Morse is the new School Resource Officer (SRO) for... (Read more)

Safety · Professionalism · Community Service