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The Redlands Animal Shelter and Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals (REDFOSA) invite animal lovers to join us on the first Saturday of every other month at Sylvan Park for Saturdays in the Park: Dog Walking and Cat Cuddling. The next event will be Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturdays in the Park gives the adoptable pets at the Redlands Animal Shelter a chance to stretch their legs, go for a walk and receive love and attention outside the shelter setting. And it gives members of the community a chance to interact with the animals and maybe meet that perfect pet. All animals will be available for adoption.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the eastbound lanes of Citrus Avenue at Church Street, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.

RPD traffic officers will also conduct targeted DUI “saturation” patrols during the weekend, including Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.

A police contact with a known gang member led officers to a motel room where police discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia along with stolen mail, jewelry, credit cards and electronics. Two people were arrested.

Police are seeking information on a man who grabbed a female jogger from behind near the University of Redlands campus Sunday.

The victim was walking on East Park Avenue near University Street just south of the University’s Frederick Loewe Theater at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, when she was grabbed from behind and carried to the theater parking lot. The man dropped her in the parking lot and ran, eventually heading north on University Street. The victim sustained minor scrapes.

Six people were arrested, charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, during a joint Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Operation with Redlands Police and state Alcoholic Beverage Control officers Saturday, Jan. 24, designed to help reduce youth access to alcohol. Another person was arrested for public intoxication, petty theft and warrants after he took a decoy’s money and bought alcohol for himself.

Redlands Police have resolved to start the New Year with a series of foot and vehicle patrols dedicated to preventing alcohol-related problems in the downtown area.

“Maintaining a safe, welcoming downtown business district where our residents and visitors enjoy spending time is a priority for us,” said Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia. “These extra patrols are aimed to help us do just that.”

The new patrols – set for the first three Friday and Saturday nights of 2015 - will focus on preventing and responding to DUIs, public intoxication and other alcohol-related problems downtown. The patrols will provide an additional complement to party patrols, DUI checkpoints, minor decoy operations and saturation patrols Redlands Police conduct as part of the Responsible Redlands initiative.

Redlands Police Department arrested two people for driving under the influence during a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint Friday, Dec. 26.

A total of 155 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street. One driver who failed to yield for the checkpoint was stopped a few blocks away and arrested for DUI. Two drivers were also cited for driving on suspended licenses.

More than 100 local children will have a brighter holiday after Redlands Police partnered with Target, the Redlands Unified School District and community volunteers to Shop With a Cop Monday.

Police, volunteers and 104 children and their families gathered at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at the Target store, 27320 W. Lugonia Ave. for a Christmas shopping spree. Each child was paired with a volunteer and given more than a $125 shopping budget.

Redlands Police and community members raised more than $15,600 to provide the holiday shopping spree to underprivileged children. The Redlands Unified School District helped the department identify several families in need and district employees, their families and Redlands school board member Neil Waner volunteered their time to shop with the children. Other volunteers included 31st District Congressman-elect Pete Aguilar, County Supervisor James Ramos, Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia and his wife Carolyn, members of the Redlands Police Department, Citizen Volunteer Patrol and Citizen Volunteer Park Rangers units, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and County Probation Department and Redlands Human Relations Commissioners Gail Howard and Carole Coley.

The Redlands Police Department is working to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for drivers and their families. Officers will conduct a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to checking for drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol and those driving without a valid license, officers will be handing out brochures from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to motorists passing through the checkpoint.

Officer Elyzabeth Green was named the Jose Rivera Officer of the Year duringthe Redlands Police Department’s annual awards ceremony Wednesday morning at the Redlands Police Annex.

Crime Analyst Amy Varela received the William C. Brummigan Award for civilian staff. Paul Smith was named Reserve Officer of the Year and CVP Gary McCormick was named Volunteer of the Year.

Three members of the community received Chief’s Commendations in recognition of their assistance to the department and several department members also received Chief’s Commendations for work above and beyond the already high standards of the department.

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