Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weekly Tip - What is Suspicious Activity?


It is not uncommon for us to be asked what type of activity makes something suspicious. Or perhaps a caller is hesitant to call us for fear of knowing whether or not to report something. There is no absolute answer, but we would like to offer you some tips for provoking thought about what type of activity may be considered suspicious.

HERE is a link to our handy cheat sheet for Suspicious Activity.


Remember, when in doubt, call us! If you See Something, Say Something!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Weekly Tip - Join Your Neighbors, APD, and City Hall on Nextdoor!

Interested in connecting with you neighbors, exchanging ideas and sharing information? We have a great way for you to do just that!
 
The City of Arcadia has a long history of encouraging neighborhood interaction and communication. We believe that knowing the people who live near us makes for stronger neighborhoods, and oftentimes results in cherished friendships. The way we communicate with our family, friends, and neighbors has changed significantly in recent years with the increasing popularity of social media. One social network you may want to take a look at is Nextdoor.com. Nextdoor.com is a private network that posters communication between neighbors. Participation is free. Discussion topics can range from information sharing to notices about local events and school activities, contractor recommendations, disaster preparedness, crime prevention, lost pets and…what would you like to talk about? Neighborhoods establish and manage their own Nextdoor website. The information shared on each Nextdoor site is visible only to the members who live in the neighborhood and have verified their address.
 

How does Nextdoor work?
Nextdoor allows neighbors to create a private website for their neighborhood. On Nextdoor, members can find neighbors in the directory, view a neighborhood map, ask for advice, exchange local recommendations, and share neighborhood information with each other. Residents can choose to see and respond to updates via e-mail, or only on the website.

How much does Nextdoor cost?
There is no charge for an Arcadia resident to participate in their neighborhood site.

How is Nextdoor different from a neighborhood mailing list?
Nextdoor is designed for the specific communication needs of a neighborhood. For example, Nextdoor websites include a neighborhood map and directory, and a cataloged list of recommendations for local services. Members can choose to receive e-mails about each new post, see everything in a daily digest, or turn off e-mails and check the website for new posts from neighbors.

What is the City’s involvement in Nextdoor?
The City has the ability to post information on an Arcadia neighborhood site; however; the City cannot view discussions that take place outside of those related to the City post. Information the City will share with neighborhoods – individually or collectively – might include that relate area street projects, event announcements, crime prevention and safety tips, and emergency bulletins.

How do I get started?
Go to Nextdoor.com and put in your address to see if your neighborhood is already established. If not, define your neighborhood, invite your neighbors to the group, and get the discussion going! The website includes step-by-step instructions for getting started – it’s easy! Please note that for optimal participation and success, it is recommended that your neighborhood have between 250 and 2,500 properties.

https://nextdoor.com/

Follow Nextdoor on Twitter @Nextdoor or like them on Facebook.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Community Recognition for APD's H.E.L.P. Team


(Lt. Colleen Flores, Detective Kevin Fox, Officer Robert Rajewski, and Sergeant Tony Juarez)

In the last few years, the City of Arcadia has seen an increase in local homeless and mental health population.  Calls for service for police officers on a daily basis related to subjects who are homeless or suffer from a mental illness range from suspicious subjects loitering, sleeping to the front of a business or private property, disturbances associated to drinking in public, noise complaints, assaults, thefts, and at times, suicidal subjects. 

Due to this increase, the Arcadia Police Department developed the Homeless Education and Liaison Program (H.E.L.P. Team) in December of 2015.  Lt. Colleen Flores is assigned to manage the H.E.L.P. Team with the assistance of Sgts. Dan Crowther and Tony Juarez who oversee the team’s daily activities.  The team is comprised of 6 Officers who share H.E.L.P. Team responsibility as an ancillary duty.  These Officers are Gaddie Wider, Robert Rajewski, Cris Hoefflin, Kevin Fox, Carlos Quiroz, and Jordan Elders.

The Mission of the H.E.L.P. Team is, “To improve the quality of life in the City of Arcadia by reaching out to the homeless community and providing information, resources, and motivation with the ultimate goal of finding an alternative to life on the streets.”

About a year ago, H.E.L.P. Team member Officer Gaddie Wider came across a working, single mother and her children, living in their car in the City of Arcadia. This mother had been the victim of domestic abuse some years prior and had made the courageous decision to get herself and her children out of an abusive environment. This road had been a very difficult one for the family. With the assistance of a generous community donation, Officer Wider, Detective Fox, and the H.E.L.P. Team arranged for short-term housing for the family.

We are humbled to know the assistance our staff contributed to a positive change for this devoted mother and her children. They now share a home together and things are going very well for this family. The mother recently came by the station and brought a plaque of appreciation as a small token recognizing the "above and beyond" work by our H.E.L.P. Team, and in particular, Officer Wider and Detective Fox.

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 24 - 30, 2017

https://www.arcadiaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=15132

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Weekly Tip - Annual Overnight Parking Permits

A reminder that permits are required for all overnight parking on City streets, 2:30 - 5:30 a.m., in the City of Arcadia. Overnight enforcement was suspended for several weeks surrounding the holidays, however, enforcement begins again the morning of January 8, 2018. Permits will again be required this coming Sunday night, January 7th.

Temporary permits can be purchased online or at the kiosk to the front of the station. Annual permits are available for purchase at the Cashier's Office, Arcadia City Hall. For additional information or to download an Annual Permit Application, please visit our website.