Crime Prevention Partnerships
Would you like to know more about crime that happens in your neighborhood? Or maybe you’re looking for ways to protect your family or business from the latest scams and crime trends occurring here in Ukiah. Maybe you’d like to teach your teen to be a better driver, or give your kids some tips to help them protect themselves while going to and from school. You can find all this information and a bunch more at the Ukiah Police Department (UPD) website: www.ukiahpolice.com.
When you have some time, I invite you to take a closer look at the information we post. As part of our goal to keep Ukiah safe, we use our website to share information to help you prevent crime from happening to you and your family or business, and the site is a great way to learn about the types of crime activity occurring close to where you live, work, or go to school.
We designed our website so the information you need is only a click or two away from the homepage. Along the top of the website, headings are designed to organize the information you’re most interested in by topic: Home, News, Services, Community Support, and About Us.
Click on the News heading to find links to the following:
- Hot Topics – an archive of my weekly columns
- Daily Press Logs – our dispatch report of daily officer activity
- Weekly Reports – statistical information and a summary of the week’s criminal activity in Ukiah
From the Services heading you will find a link for “Forms and Facts,” which will give you instructions on how to request a police report, recover stolen property, pay for a parking ticket, and a host of other common questions. You can also click on a link to report abandoned shopping carts, which helps keep our community clean and tidy. Finally, you can click on a link for information regarding Live Scan fingerprinting if your job or volunteer service requires you to be fingerprinted.
From the Community Support heading, you can find links to information about active shooters and school safety, charitable giving guidelines, child safety resources, DUI reference material, marijuana law, crime prevention, and our Business Watch Crime Prevention Program. You can also find information about my personal favorite, our Ukiah Reads reading list—Ukiah Reads is a collaborative partnership between UPD and Ukiah Unified School District.
Finally, our About Us heading is a great place to learn more about our department, how to volunteer with us, our mission, our strategic plan, reports to the City Council and an archive of the Grand Jury reports about our department. And if you’ve ever thought about a career in law enforcement, you can click on Careers under the About Us heading to learn more.
Sometimes, the simplest things are the best place to start when it comes to preventing crime: making sure your car doors are locked at night, closing windows when you leave the house, talking with your neighbors, watching for out-of-place activities, and calling the police department right away if you see something suspicious. If you follow this column with any regularity, you know we think sharing information is incredibly important in preventing crime.
Today, UPD is as busy as ever. Our police officers respond to an average of 90 calls for assistance each day. And even though our sworn officers and community service officers have high workloads, we continue to have a high success rates in solving crime because of our fantastic relationship with Ukiah community members. I am really grateful for our unique partnerships with community organizations that can help us prevent crimes as well.
If you’d like more information on how you can help us prevent crimes – and make Ukiah a safer place – our website is a great place to start.
As always, our mission at UPD is simple: to make Ukiah as safe as possible. If you have suggestions on how we can improve please feel free to call me. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cell phone, and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website: www.ukiahpolice.com.
By: Chris Dewey