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The Redlands Police Department will be holding an eight-hour training class for multi-unit rental apartment managers/owners and single family rental property owners. The program is focused on education and reducing crime in apartments, condominium complexes and single family rental housing throughout the city.

The class will be held at Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Please RSVP by Oct. 8. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $5 to cover cost of lunch from Subway.

You can join the City of Redlands and the Redlands Service Club Council and help keep someone warm this winter. The Redlands Service Club Council is holding its annual drive to collect necessary warm winter gear for members of our community. Drop-off locations will be located at several City facilities.

Volunteers will gather clean and new or gently used items including coats, jackets, scarves, gloves, hats, blankets, quilts, and sleeping bags.

Last year’s drive was a huge success with more than 3,000 items donated and distributed. The Redlands Service Club Council is hoping for an even better turnout this year. Collection dates are Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. Please drop off items in one of the drop-off containers before the final collection date.

Donation drop-off containers are available in the following locations:

Come enjoy ballroom dance in a comfortable and fun setting. 

Cha Cha will be taught on Mondays at the Redlands Community Center beginning Oct. 28 through Nov. 25.

Classes run from 6:45 to 8 pm. Registration is $8 per person. Partners are not required

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6 through 12 concludes with Open House at Station 1

The Redlands Fire Department is encouraging the Redlands community to learn how to prevent kitchen fires during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12.

Cooking equipment is involved in roughly 150,000 home fires per year, and many of those fires start because people aren't paying attention. And while a few minutes may not seem like much time to be away from what’s cooking, that’s all it takes to start a fire that could destroy a home and harm a family.

Sacramento The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Redlands with two Spotlight Awards for the city’s efforts to save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability. The awards were presented September 20 during the 2013 League of California Cities Annual Conference in Sacramento. The city’s achievements were recognized as a part of its participation in the sustainability recognition program, the Beacon Award: Local Leadership toward Solving Climate Change.

Redlands received the following two awards:

  • Silver Spotlight Award for Agency Electricity Savings (5 percent savings, 2004-2012)
  • Silver Spotlight Award for Sustainability Best Practice Activities

A Redlands man was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 25, for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman at a downtown bar.

Bill Edward Bracy, 58, of Redlands, was arrested in connection with the Aug. 28 assault on the woman at a bar in the 300 block of North 5th Street. The victim reported that Bracy called her into an office at the business where he works about 6:30 p.m. that day and closed the door before sexually assaulting her.

In its continuing effort to combat property crime in Redlands, the Redlands Police Department has added, CopDots, a new technology that will give law enforcement and the community a tool to combat property theft.

Referred to as “DNA for your property”, CopDots is microdot technology that enables consumers to mark their personal property. For many years, Neighborhood Watch Programs and law enforcement agencies have recommended owner applied identification numbers to mark valuables.  CopDots is the first of its kind technology to permanently add personal identification markings. 

Redlands Firefighters will swap their blue T-shirts for pink ones during the month of October in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

But the T-shirts aren't just for Firefighters. The public can also purchase a Redlands Fire Department pink T-shirt starting Oct. 1 at the Redlands Fire Administration office.  The offices are located at 35 Cajon St. in downtown Redlands, Suite 12.  The T-shirts are available in both a men’s and women’s cut, sizes small through XXL. The cost of the shirt is $20 with all profits going to Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer, presenters of the 2013 Believe Walk. 

Three people were arrested for burglary last week after an alert neighbor notified police and provided a description of the men and their vehicle.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, a resident in the 100 block of Klamath Street was approached by a man who said he was interested in buying the resident’s home, which had a For Sale sign posted in the front yard. After the man left, the neighbor watched as he got into a white 2009 four-door Hyundai Sonata occupied by two other men.

The car drove a short distance before the driver stopped, got out and walked to the back of another nearby residence.  The witness called police after seeing all three men carrying items, including a safe and a television, from the neighbor’s house.

The Redlands Police Department took delivery this month of two new patrol vehicles, the first of 14 new vehicles that will be added to the department’s fleet.

The 2013 Ford Interceptors – Ford Explorers modified for police use – were delivered earlier this month after being fitted with equipment, including sirens, emergency lights, radios, computer aided dispatch monitors, GPS and video systems and other specialized hardware.

Another 12 vehicles, including 10 Interceptors and two Chevrolet Caprices, are currently being outfitted and are expected to be delivered soon.

The vehicles will replace a number of aging patrol vehicles in the department’s fleet, many with more than five years of continuous service and more than 100,000 miles. Out of 42 vehicles used for patrol, community policing and the department’s Multiple Enforcement Team, 19 were no longer in compliance with industry standards due to their age and mileage. Repair charges for many of the vehicles were greater than the original value of the vehicles. Most of the replaced vehicles will be sold at auction. Some may be reassigned for non-patrol purposes.

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