Tis' the Season...to be generous

What makes the Holiday's great? Well, other than getting to eat all the yummy food around the office? The real answer you ask, the men and women in law enforcement and the generosity they have toward their community. What follows are just a few of the photos and stories from some of our members. We couldn't be prouder! This folks, is what the spirit of giving is all about!

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Tip-A-Cop for Special Olympics

On May 20th, 21st and 22nd, San Luis Obispo County hosted three Tip-A-Cop Dinners in support of the Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County Region. The annual event, coordinated by Lt. Bill Proll of the San Luis Obispo Police Department, raised over $90,000 for the Special Olympics. This is the most money ever raised at San Luis Obispo Tip-A-Cop events. Employees from all local law enforcement agencies volunteered their time to serve 2400 dinners.

Tip-A-Cop events in SLO County aren’t the typical events where agencies partner with restaurants. Instead, the dinners are a huge undertaking as all food and beverages are donated by local grocers and distributors. The meals are then prepared by volunteer local service groups and served by agency staff. The $90,000 raised went directly to support the SLO County Special Olympics programming.

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The Pink Patch Project

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every October you can’t help but notice the conspicuous infusion of pink on NFL team uniforms, Major League Baseball teams, and on the clothes of breast cancer survivors and supporters.  But this year you won’t have to turn on a professional sports event to see pink enhanced uniforms.  All you’ll need to do is have contact with a Seal Beach Police employee or volunteer.

That’s right, for the entire month of October; Seal Beach Police personnel will be wearing their traditional uniform with a uniquely embroidered pink patch.  The “Pink Patch Project” as it is known around the station is the brainchild of one of the cancer survivors who works at the Seal Beach Police Department.

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iCops: The integration of law enforcement and the Internet

Nestled in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the number one region in the U.S. for innovation and technology, lies Mountain View, a city that quietly boasts an impressive resident population of 75,000. This population almost doubles with the daytime workforce from numerous high tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, and LinkedIn, as well as the various industry startups and venture capitalists that punctuate the city’s landscape. The combination of these varied elements makes Mountain View a unique location for the intersection of traditional law enforcement methodology and groundbreaking Internet technology. 

A typical day for a Mountain View Police Department (MVPD) officer; 0530 hours, MVPD officers assigned to the weekday dayshift begin to arrive. Coffee in hand, they are ready and prepared for the routine daily briefing. Traditionally, a patrol sergeant would sit at the front of the room reading from several clipboards recapping recent police activity and preparing for the day ahead. 

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Tajikistan Female Officers Scheduled to Attend This Years Women Leaders in Law Enforcement

The officers are coming to the Bay Area to participate in and attend the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium (WLLE) taking place October 6-8, 2013 in San Jose. 

Female police officers in Tajikistan have been traditionally assigned to administrative duties only, very similar to the beginnings of law enforcement in the United States. This visit to the U.S. is designed to allow the Tajik officers to watch American female police officers handle crime alongside their male counterparts. Tajikistan is moving toward having their female police officers handle crimes against women and children, a progression that mirrors the evolution of female police officers in America.

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Junior Giants – Hayward PD

The Hayward Police Department has taken community outreach to a new level. Over a decade ago they partnered with the San Francisco Giants Community Fund to host the Junior Giants Baseball program. The Giants Community Fund serves 20,000 children in 85 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon.  

Dr. Emily Ruffo the Hayward Police Department's Junior Giants program director said “Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork are the four main focuses of the Junior Giants program.” Each day is tailored around a specific focus and help kids prepare for things such as bullying, respect for others and respect for themselves. The program is staffed with 3-4 community resource officers, 3 counselors and 2-3 case managers. This year the program saw anywhere from 500-600 kids a day.

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A Recap of the National Night Out's 30th Anniversary

Hundreds of communities all over California gathered Tuesday to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of National Night Out. National Night Out-

(Photo: Captain Toribio, Oakland PD)

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United 4 Safety

This year, the San Leandro Police Department launched its new public safety marketing campaign, United 4 Safety. This crime prevention initiative is aimed at reducing crime and improving the quality of life through increased community involvement in public safety. The program’s main focus is community engagement, education, and technology enhancement. United 4 Safety aims to foster public safety involvement from the 86,000 members of the San Leandro community.  Through the program, the San Leandro Police Department aims to successfully transform the community into an extension of the police department. The department maintains a “no tolerance” approach to crime, despite being situated next to one of the most violent cities in the US, and hopes that this approach will be reinforced through community involvement.

As many police departments know, community engagement can be a daunting task. Just ask Captain Ed Tracey with the San Leandro Police Department. Before transferring to San Leandro a little over a year ago, Captain Tracey spent 19 years with the Oakland Police Department, “I went to middle school in San Leandro as a kid. The community demographics then, versus now, are completely different.” According to the most recent census study, the Bay Area tops the Nation in diversity in which San Leandro ranked fifth. “Times are changing, our community is changing, and we need to change with it,” Captain Tracey stressed.

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Community Outreach, the Seventh Peelian Principle and Job Shadowing at the Indio Police Department

In January 2012, then newly appointed Chief of Police (and Indio Noon Rotarian), Richard Twiss attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the rebranding of the John F. Kennedy Math and Science Magnet Elementary School. Little did he know that his personal escort for the morning’s events would be six grade student and Peacemakers program member James Neurberger. Three months later, a March 2012 field trip to the Indio Police Station was facilitated for the Peacemakers program by members of the Citizens Helping Indio Police (CHIP) and Cadet Volunteers. This is Chief Twiss’ story of how sixth grader James Neurberger later became Indio’s first Chief for a Day on June 19, 2013.

During a community event honoring public safety in 2012 a friend bid on and won a ride-along with me. Acting on his suggestion, I decided to instead select a child from the community who would benefit from spending the day with me. I broached the idea with my executive team, who quickly embraced the concept. We soon began the process of selecting our recipient. Concurrent with the selection process, I continued to spend time with James, who tragically experienced the loss of his biological mother and uncle within a close timeframe. Furthermore, James was struck by a vehicle while walking through a parking lot and called the incident into our dispatch center. During his call, he asked if I could personally respond to the call.

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Former COPS director offers external review

We live in cynical times, law enforcement veteran Bernard K. Melekian says.

“We’re in an era where skepticism about the government and, particularly about the police, is at an all-time high,” says Melekian, known by friends and colleagues as Barney. “Ten to 15 years ago, a law enforcement agency would conduct its own internal review when an issue or problem arose.

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Redwood PD launches effort to better understand city’s youth

The five high school students took a seat on the couches as three cops and a school official intently studied their faces.

But instead of grilling the teens about a stolen iPhone, graffiti on the gym wall or some other criminal incident, the adults were on hand to bend their ears – and to hear their opinions about what constructive summer programs the kids would be interested in participating in should they become available in Redwood City.

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Across county lines, police collaborate in child abductions

The call came in on a recent Friday afternoon.

Missing 4-year-old boy.

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Chief Has a Few Tricks Up His Sleeve

Greg Finch uses talent in magic to connect with his community

Campbell Police Chief Greg Finch can’t magically make crime disappear.

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Cops on paddle boards turn heads in Truckee

Once again this summer, for the second consecutive year, the Truckee Police Department is preparing to make a splash – with a patrol team believed to be the only one of its kind in the world.

In a program that is less about law enforcement than it is about strengthening ties with residents of this outdoorsy community northwest of Lake Tahoe, four officers from the Truckee P.D. will be taking turns patrolling Donner Lake from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend on stand-up paddle boards.

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Stockton PD Community-Police Partnerships Build Strong Ties

The City of Stockton has been dealt many challenges in recent years, but most recently has been hit by a triple-storm of unprecedented fiscal challenges, high amounts of violent crime, and lowered police staffing.  But even in the face of this storm, optimism has emerged.  Local stakeholders and community members have stepped up in remarkable numbers offering to work with the Stockton Police Department in the interest of public safety, and to foster better communication, trust, and collaboration.  Neighboring law enforcement agencies have stepped in to help by enhancing collaborative efforts. Difficult times bring people together, and that is beginning to make a difference in Stockton.

The Stockton Police Department, even with the challenges we face, realize we must remain committed to the philosophy of Community Policing as reflected in our Mission Statement, which is "to work in partnership with the people of Stockton to build a safe and secure community."  We do so in our ongoing vision to combat crime and focusing on four tenets – also known as “The Four P’s”:  Prediction (forecasting concepts to strategically target crime and criminals), Prevention (crime prevention and victimization reduction), Pursuit (the active enforcement and apprehension of our worst criminal offenders that commit the most crime), and Partnerships (partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and with the community in which we serve).  It is a combination of enforcement strategies, collaborative efforts with other law enforcement agencies, and community involvement and engagement. It is a balanced and blended approach.

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For years, the Sayonara Drive neighborhood in Citrus Heights lived up to its Japanese namesake:


Residents seemed to have given up on the three-block, multi-family housing area in the city of 88,000 in Sacramento County as open-air drug markets, shootings, felony assaults, and gang activity sadly became routine.

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Mountain View Police Department’s Social Media Strategy 2.0 in the Heart of Silicon Valley

The Mountain View Police Department serves a community of 75,000+ residents with a population that doubles in the daytime as commuters travel from all over the Bay Area to work at various high tech companies like Google, LinkedIn, Symantec, VeriSign, Microsoft, and a host of startups.  As such, the people who live, work, and pass through Mountain View are arguably some of the most tech-savvy and connected people in the world.

Previously, MVPD relied on a traditional model where social media was an extension of the Press Information Officer’s office and the main content sent through our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages were press releases and occasional community announcements.  In this model, information was being pushed to the public and there was minimal two-way engagement with the community.  In the fall of 2012, MVPD changed its social media strategy to focus on providing rich, photo centric content for the community and to effectively engage our community in two-way dialogue. What resulted was a dramatic increase in followers across all social media channels and an outpouring of support and appreciation from the community.  The data and metrics are very compelling.  In the first six months alone, the new social media strategy has grown MVPD’s followership at remarkable rates; Google+: 58%, Twitter: 44%, and Facebook: 331%.  Even more compelling are the positive feedback, comments, and support we hear from the public and how they appreciate learning more about the department and being notified about breaking public safety incidents.

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Post-scandal Bell: Crime is down, trust is up

Since the City of Bell scandal erupted in the summer of 2010,  Anthony Miranda has had to put up with a lot of kidding and comments from colleagues. Bell is a city in East Los Angeles of about 38,500 residents packed into a 2.2-square-mile area, a blue-collar city located in the shadows of Los Angeles.

News had just broken about corruption involving misappropriation of public funds. The City Manager was making more than $800,000 a year and the police chief was making more than the LAPD chief or the sheriff of Los Angeles County.

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Eureka chief to retire after 55-year career

Murl Harpham is considering retiring later this year to spend more time roaming around his 25-acre mountain property on his beloved tractor, or lolling around on his houseboat on Trinity Lake, in Trinity County north of Redding If and when he does step down, Harpham – police chief of Eureka, the redwood-rich city situated along the Northern California coastline 280 miles north of San Francisco in Humboldt County – will cap a remarkable and singular career in California law enforcement.

Since June 1957, ever since he was hired as a fresh-faced kid barely of legal drinking age by the Eureka Police Department, Harpham has worked nowhere else. For those doing the math, that’s more than 55 years with the same law enforcement agency. And when his contract ends July 1 and a successor presumably will be ready to step in, Harpham will be one month into year 56 with the Eureka P.D.

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British bar owner’s innovation takes problem-oriented policing to the Internet

The London bar owner was fed up with petty thieves stealing from patrons.

So Simon Gordon, who had already invested in an extensive closed-caption television system, innovated an answer to his problem – and the problems of other London business owners victimized by small-time crooks.

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