Friday, October 21, 2016

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week!

Red Ribbon Week runs October 23rd-31st, 2016. Red Ribbon Week began in remembrance of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena who was kidnapped and murdered in Mexico in 1985. Agent Camarena had been working undercover for the DEA and was key in developing information that led to the eradication of large scale narcotics manufacturing operations in Mexico. Mexican cartel leaders sought revenge for these operations, murdering alleged informants and ultimately, Agent Camarena.

Following his death, in Agent Camarena's home town, Calexico, CA, the public outpouring of support turned in to an organized community response in which citizens dawned red ribbons. They became a voice for prevention in order to reduce the demand for illegal drugs and use of drugs in America. The following year the California State PTA adopted the Red Ribbon Campaign. Then, in 1988, Red Ribbon Week was recognized nationally with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan serving as the Honorary Chairs.

Today, the Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 9 - 15, 2016

Weekly Tip - Drop! Cover! Hold On!

Are you prepared for the next big earthquake?  Tomorrow, Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 10:20 am, millions of people will join in the annual Great California ShakeOut, bringing awareness to a very real threat to California.  Preparedness and knowledge are the keys to surviving during and after a significant earthquake.

Remember, if an earthquake strikes us today - Drop!  Cover!  And, Hold On!

•DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

•Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

•HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Follow #LAQuake on Twitter for earthquakes occurring in the greater LA area. As focus shifts to a local area or quake name, more specific hashtags may become relevant.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 2 - 8, 2016

Weekly Tip - Why Were the Police on My Street?

Our Officers are often asked, "Why were there police cars on my street yesterday?" Did you know you can take a proactive approach to crime prevention by becoming aware of crime trends and police activity in your neighborhood? The Arcadia Police Department provides the community with daily updates detailing crimes occurring within our jurisdiction through the service You can access the website at any time, or you can subscribe to daily email alerts, delivering a synopsis of activity directly to your email in-box. Community members are the first step in crime prevention and this type of information will give you the advantage in knowing what to watch for. Sign-up for daily updates HERE.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Save the Date...Tip-a-Cop for Special Olympics at Red Robin

Members of the Arcadia Police Officers' Association will be serving you dinner at Arcadia's Red Robin on Thursday, October 20th, from 5:00 - 9:00 pm, in support of Special Olympics Southern California. Come see us at our Tip-a- Cop event! Red Robin is located in the Westfield Santa Anita Promenade, near Macy's.