Thursday, October 1, 2015

Global Tweet-a-Thon 2015 (Virtual Ride-Along)

A Day on Patrol with Your Local Police or Sheriff – Arcadia PD to Participate in Global Tweet-a-Thon

The Arcadia Police Department is participating in a Global Tweet-a-thon on Friday, October 2, 2015. What is it like to patrol the streets of Arcadia on a Friday morning or evening? What types of calls do Arcadia officers respond to? We will participate in this "virtual ride-along" in an effort to give Arcadia residents a glimpse inside the way officers work to keep our community safe.

The Arcadia Police Department will join hundreds of participating law enforcement agencies across multiple countries to take to Twitter in an effort to bring attention and understanding to the use of social media by law enforcement.

Agencies will tweet using the same hashtag, #poltwt, to create awareness about police work and law enforcement issues, as well as to promote the use of social media and transparency in law enforcement.

Please be aware the number of Twitter messages generated in conjunction with the hashtag, #poltwt, and from our agency, @ArcadiaPD, will be in excess of a typical daily number of Twitter messages from our agency. Please take this into consideration should you have “push notifications” activated for our Twitter feed.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Weekly Tip - Host or Join Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. Neighborhood Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries. 
Launched in 1972, Neighborhood Watch counts on citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night.

Give Community Service Officer Mike Vercillo a call and ask about joining your local neighborhood watch. Or, consider hosting a neighborhood meeting if there is not an established group near you. CSO Vercillo can be reached at 626.821.2648. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Weekly Tip - See the Glass Half Full

Optimism can be a topic for another day. Today, we are talking about preparedness.

How often do you find yourself running on fumes? Or, perhaps you depend on the "dummy" light to alert you there are only 25 or 10 miles left to empty in your car. You should always make an effort to keep your gas tanks filled to no less than 1/4 tank. Better yet, we teach young officers to not let a unit go less than 1/2 a tankful of gas. There are many "what if" scenarios, but we do quite often see power outages here in Southern California. Granted, gas stations are readily available in our area, but should we experience a significant earthquake, power and fuel may not be immediately available.

Plan ahead, be proactive, and try to keep your glass, in this case the fuel tank, half full.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

New APD Command Vehicle Hits the Street

APD recently took delivery of a new mobile command post. The 33' motor home is outfitted to assist our staff needs in any number of situations. The Traffic Bureau was first to take advantage of the command post, deploying it at a recent DUI checkpoint. The command post was also used for a SWAT operation involving several agencies and our Detective Bureau, in support of a search warrant service. This vehicle is a nice addition to our fleet and was purchased using asset forfeiture monies seized by the Department.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Weekly Tip - Get a Seat Check-up! It's Child Passenger Safety Week!

The week of September 13-19, 2015, is National Child Passenger Safety Week. This week serves as a reminder to parents and everyone who transports kids to make sure that they are properly fitted for their car/booster seats and seat belts. Visit the website for safety tips and information on where you can find a seat check station. Locally, the California Highway Patrol, Baldwin Park Station, and the Glendora Police Department, both offer child seat inspections, by appointment.