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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The Right Thing To Do

The Right Thing to Do It seems that the New Year always brings change. We resolve to lose a little weight or take a long vacation. Yep, the New Year is a great time to change our ways. Before we can put those changes in motion, many of us will celebrate New Year’s Eve. Please be sure to designate a sober driver... (Read more)

Ukiah’s Christmas Angels

The other day I was out shopping, trying to cross the last names off my Christmas list, and it occurred to me that I couldn’t remember many of the things I received for Christmas as a young boy. I do remember my first baseball glove (I still have it in the garage). I remember my first pocketknife (from the scar on... (Read more)

Season of Giving

The Season of Giving I hate to be a Christmas Grinch, but I’d like to remind everyone this Christmas season NOT to give money to transients. Giving money to transients does not help our community. Transients use money to buy alcohol, methamphetamine, and other drugs. The use of alcohol and drugs leads to... (Read more)

Local Issues

The other day on the news, I listened to a story about car burglaries in San Francisco. The reporter said that the city was experiencing as many as 60 window-smash car burglaries a day, and that the police did not have the resources to respond to many of these thefts. The reporter advised people to keep packages... (Read more)

Ukiah's Christmas Effort

I am so proud to live in Ukiah – to call Ukiah home – to be part of a community that cares so much about others. Just think back over the last few weeks; our community jumped to action to help those who lost so much during the Lake County Valley fire, and a few weekends ago we supported our veterans at our... (Read more)

SCAM Season

Last weekend I received a frantic phone call from a Ukiah resident, worried that her electricity was going to be cut off immediately if she didn’t give her credit card information over the phone to pay her electric bill in the next half hour.  Although she was worried about having her electricity turned off, she... (Read more)

Selfless Service

Ukiah is lucky to have many service clubs full of people who dedicate their time and talent to helping others. Years ago, I joined Rotary, whose motto is “Service Above Self.” I think the aspect we Rotarians like most about our membership is how good it feels to serve others. Rotarians and all service club... (Read more)

Run, Hide and Fight

Shootings on school campuses or in workplaces are difficult to talk about, and not necessarily a topic you’d expect those of us in a small, rural town to be worrying too much about. But in today’s world of the 24-hour news cycle, with its instant and overabundant processing of information (and lightning-fast... (Read more)

Halloween Safety 2015

With Halloween almost upon us, I’m sure you will understand when I tell you that this is not the Ukiah Police Department’s (UPD’s) favorite holiday. In fact, it can be downright scary for our police officers and dispatchers! Halloween brings out the darker side of some people, and it is this dark side that... (Read more)

Preventing Gangs October 2015

Here at Ukiah PD, we constantly worry about gangs; how violent they can be, and the impact they have on young people’s lives, their family’s lives, and our community. In tough times like these, people want to know what they can do to help, and while we spend a great deal of our time in law enforcement working... (Read more)

The CalFresh Food Challenge

In the weeks following the Valley Fire, our police officers were extra busy helping to provide extra law enforcement patrol for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Each of the UPD officers who worked in Lake County commented on the devastation from the fire and the tremendous outpouring of support coming from our... (Read more)

An Ounce of Prevention – Shopping Carts

Watch any crime show on TV or read the latest whodunit novel, and you know that information is key to solving the case. To reduce crime in Ukiah we have established a program for businesses called Business Watch.   To help us get started, our Community Service Officer Nancy Sawyer and her team of volunteers have... (Read more)

Safety · Professionalism · Community Service