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Deadlines begin this month for Alcohol retailers in the City of Redlands to ensure that their staff undergoes Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training. One of the conditions that must be met under the city’s new Deemed Approved ordinance (DAO), RBS training helps alcohol retail businesses stay in compliance with other standards of operation, and helps curb underage sales, nuisance activities and crime related to alcohol retail practices.                                                                          

The RBS trainings are just one component of the City’s comprehensive efforts to tackle alcohol related issues in the community as part of the Responsible Redlands Initiative. On March 17 Redlands became the third city in San Bernardino County to adopt a Deemed Approved Ordinance. The new measure gives local law enforcement tools to ensure that alcohol retailers comply with standards beneficial to the surrounding community. Alcohol retailers who fail to follow standards risk penalties including potential loss of their alcohol license.

RPD sees a 13 percent decrease in party calls for service

The Redlands Police Department has seen a 13 percent drop in party-related calls for service two years into enforcing the Social Host ordinance, a law that targets underage drinking at house parties. Redlands joined more than 50 cities and eight counties in California, including many within San Bernardino County and the County itself, who had already adopted the law.

The Social Host ordinance gives enforcement authorities the tools to hold accountable “social hosts,” anyone who knowingly provides a location on property that they own or control in which minors can gain access to alcohol.

To save lives and educate all Californians, especially young drivers, about the  dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, the first week of April.

Redlands Police arrested two people for driving under the influence during a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint over the weekend. 

A total of 844 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at the intersection of Orange Street and Pearl Avenue between 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, and 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

In addition to the two DUI arrests, one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant; four people were cited for driving with suspended licenses; another four were cited for driving without a valid license; and one person for driving without a license in possession. Three people were cited for driving vehicles without current registrations. One passenger was cited for having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

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. Tuesday, April 14. Please RSVP by April 12. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $5 to cover cost of lunch from Subway.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in an undisclosed location within the City limits from 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, until 1 a.m. Saturday morning. 

Funding for this weekend’s checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

DUI checkpoints are components of the Redlands Police Department’s Responsible Redlands initiative. The Redlands Police Department, with the support of state agencies, including the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Office of Traffic Safety, the County of San Bernardino, and local businesses and community groups, launched the initiative in late August 2013 to focus on enforcing alcohol laws.

Detectives on Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old Mentone man suspected of setting three fires at Redlands school district facilities and burglarizing a classroom and a nearby church.

Police arrested Robert Aaron Trujillo at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the residence where he was staying in the 3000 block of Mill Creek Road in Mentone.

While investigating a burglary and vandalism Wednesday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1307 E. Citrus Ave., police discovered forensic evidence linking Trujillo to that burglary, two fires set early Wednesday morning at the Redlands Unified School District transportation yard and the burglary and arson of a classroom at the Redlands High School campus.

Four people were arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor, during joint Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Operations with Redlands Police and California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control officers last week. The operations are  designed to help reduce youth access to alcohol.

On Thursday, March 12, police and ABC agents visited 22 licensed alcohol establishments in the City conducting a Minor Decoy Operation, which uses minors under the direct supervision of a peace officer to enter a licensed establishment and attempt to buy alcohol. During decoy operations, minor decoys are required to answer truthfully if asked their age and to provide valid identification indicating they are underage to buy alcohol.

Local residents and businesses will be seeing signs of positive change popping up downtown and throughout the City as the Redlands Police Department launches an education campaign designed to address the problems of panhandling while offering vital services to the City’s homeless and needy population.

Posters bearing the message “Positive Change Not Spare Change” are being distributed to local businesses, encouraging residents and visitors to support local organizations that provide services to the needy and homeless instead of handing out cash to panhandlers.

The posters include a link to the Redlands Charitable Resources Coalition website at The coalition is made up of local churches, service agencies, the Redlands Police and others who provide services to help the homeless and those in need.

The coalition recently updated its “Guide to Local Resources – People in Redlands Helping People in Need.” The guide provides a comprehensive list of services available to those in need, listing everything from shelter and clothing to meals, medical services and family support to a haircut and a hot shower. The guides are designed so that they can be provided to those in need. All resource information is also available on the coalition website.

St. Patrick’s Day one of deadliest days of the year because of drunk driving

St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. So whether you’re buzzed or drunk on St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t matter. NHTSA wants to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving—drive sober.

The Redlands Police Department will deploy roving DUI patrols this St. Patrick’s Day looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.  These DUI patrols are, in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tell-tale signs of an impaired driver behind the wheel.

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