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Walking About

Today, October 4, is National Walk-to-School Day. It began as a one-time event to promote safe routes to schools, but during the past 20 years it has grown to include thousands of people in all 50 states. Part of the reason it gained so much momentum is because people realized that walking and biking to school are... (Read more →)

Help Wanted

Those of us in Mendocino County law enforcement have one challenge that remains constant: hiring great people. If you’ve ever considered a career in law enforcement, now is the time to apply.  Whether you’re interested in working on the street as an officer or deputy, in the jail, in dispatch, or even in our... (Read more →)

Teen Drivers

Teen Drivers Want to know when teenagers are most at risk of a collision? Hint: It’s not Friday or Saturday night. According to a recent survey by the American Automobile Association, teenagers are most likely to die in traffic collisions after school, between 3:00 and 6:00 PM on weeknights. Here’s why: ... (Read more →)

Secret Lives of our Teens

Secret Lives of Our Teens In June, Harvard University announced that it had rescinded admissions offers to at least ten students who would have begun studies this fall. The reason? These students had all shared offensive images that mocked minority groups, child abuse, sexual assault, and the Holocaust, among... (Read more →)

Be Great

I’m amazed at all the posters that decorate the walls at the Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah; they are everywhere. The more closely you look, the more you can admire the great work from some of the kids who attend this essential afterschool community program. Each poster includes an important message: No Bullying, Be... (Read more →)

Go SLOW Ukiah

A few weeks ago, I drove down to San Francisco for a concert with my family. We left early because I wanted to leave plenty of time to navigate the city streets to AT&T Park, and to find parking. As you might expect, I feel much more at home in Ukiah than in San Francisco, especially when it comes to driving in... (Read more →)

Caring – the Common Factor

A few weeks ago, I came across this quote: “Every law enforcement agency has one thing in common: they all must be trusted by their community to be effective. That trust is built each day by officers who care for those they serve—officers who are willing to hold themselves and their fellow officers to a high... (Read more →)

Back to School

School Zones Ahead! Before school starts next week, I wanted to take one more opportunity to remind everyone that it’s up to all of us to improve bike and pedestrian safety in our community. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that our city has a higher rate of automobile collisions involving injuries and fatalities... (Read more →)

Stealing YOUR Money

A few weeks ago, Sonoma County law enforcement agencies warned local residents that con artists were impersonating Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies and threatening people with immediate arrest if they didn’t pay for outstanding arrest warrants. Sadly, victims paid thousands of dollars to the scammers, pulling... (Read more →)

Redwood Empire Fair Safety Tips

Our annual Redwood Empire Fair will be in full swing this Thursday through Sunday, August 3-6, and this year’s theme is, “Fun and Games at the Redwood Empire Fair!” I encourage you to attend and would like to offer a few safety tips to help keep you and your family safe. The fair will have first-class... (Read more →)

Staying Safe On Ukiah’s Roads

I’m proud to tell people that I live in a small town, a town where the pace of life is slower than most communities, a town where most people feel safe walking around, riding their bikes, and driving their vehicles—a much different feeling than you get in a big, metropolitan area. But even with this wonderful,... (Read more →)

Simply Slowing Down

Summer sure goes by fast. It’s hard to believe summer is already halfway through; and in a few more weeks, we’ll be getting the kids ready for school again. I hope you’ve been finding time to get out and enjoy the weather, maybe taking walks or going on some bike rides to get a little exercise. Sadly, some... (Read more →)