City of Ukiah, California

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Drunk driving... it wouldn't happen to me!

With the holidays approaching, most people think about spending time with friends and family. Rarely do we think, “This will be the year I am arrested for driving under the influence,” or “This is the holiday season when my life tragically changes as a result of a drunk driver.” Having seen the results of... (Read more)

Veterans, thank you for serving US!

On this Veteran’s Day, I thought I’d share some stories of local people who have served or are serving in the military, and to remind folks of the excellent resources available for veterans in our community. As we go about our daily lives here in Ukiah, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to spend every... (Read more)

Halloween Safety

Halloween is not one of our Officers and Dispatcher’s favorite holidays. In fact, it can really be a frightening night! While it’s fun to see trick-or-treaters wearing their costumes, each Halloween also brings out the mischievous spirit in people. And, it is these mischievous spirits that really tax our... (Read more)

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)

Safety · Professionalism · Community Service