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Aug. 12, 2016 - Redlands Police conducted an outreach operation in the Santa Ana River Flood Control Area, using an all-terrain vehicle to contact transients camping in the area, distributing water and nutrition bars along with pamphlets listing numerous services and resources available locally for the homeless.

Officers located 18 camps within a six-square-mile area and contacted 11 people in an effort to establish a rapport and put them in touch with available services, including housing, food, hygiene and medical care. Ultimately, police hope to find available housing or shelter programs for anyone who needs it. Officers distributed four cases of water and 80 nutrition bars.

Aug. 9, 2016 - The Redlands Police Department will conduct specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Aug. 11 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are violating traffic safety laws.

Redlands Police conducted similar enforcement efforts in May and June.

Aug. 9, 2016 - The Redlands Police Department is warning residents and local businesses to be alert to telephone scams after several recent reports, including callers who identified themselves as law enforcement officers demanding payment to clear outstanding warrants.

Over the past week, Redlands Police received two reports from residents who reported receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer with warrants for the person’s arrest. The caller tells the victim to send money through a reloadable prepaid cash card.

Aug. 3, 2016 - The Redlands Police Department has been awarded a $24,491 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related crime. The Redlands City Council approved the grant at their July 5, 2016, meeting.

“This is important to the City in order to increase protection for youth and to provide additional education and enforcement efforts at establishments that sell alcohol with the goal to reduce alcohol-related crime,” Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia said.

The grant is one of 54 awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s Grant Assistance Program (GAP).

Aug. 2, 2016 - The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Driver License checkpoint in northbound lanes of Church Street at Brockton Avenue from 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, until 1:30 a.m. Friday morning.  Motorists driving through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

July 27, 2016 - The Redlands Police Department and Micah House After School Program, with help from local businesses, churches, community groups and City and County agencies, will give away bicycles and backpacks during a Back2School Jam and Community Resource Fair at Sylvan Park from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 6. There will be free snacks and music provided for the community. 

 Organizers hope to match last year’s donation of more than 1,200 backpacks and school supplies to children and youth. Donations were funded by various groups including the Redlands Police Officers Association, Trinity Church, Tom McGrath School Supplies, and grants from the Redlands Police Department.

June 27, 2016 - Redlands Police arrested two people during a DUI/Driver License checkpoint Thursday, June 23. 

A total of 262 drivers passed through the checkpoint on Citrus Avenue near Church Street between 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday. Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence. In addition, one of those drivers was cited for driving with a suspended license and arrested on an additional outstanding warrant.

Another driver was cited for driving on a suspended license after he drove over the traffic cones and barricades to avoid the checkpoint.

June 27, 2016 - Every year Americans head out on our nation’s highways to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. Unfortunately for many, the celebration frequently includes drinking alcohol, which too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year.

From 2010 to 2014, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. There were 397 people killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday. Of those fatalities, 41 percent were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California during the holiday, an average of six people are killed and 110 are seriously injured each year.

June 15, 2016 - Redlands Police cited 16 drivers and three pedestrians during a crosswalk safety enforcement detail on Monday, June 13.

Police conducted the enforcement detail at the following intersections: Redlands Boulevard at State Street and at Seventh Street; Orange Street at Shoppers Lane; Cajon and Vine streets; San Bernardino Avenue and Lassen Street.

Officers cited 15 drivers for failure to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk.  Another driver was cited for failure to stop at a red light. Three pedestrians were cited for jaywalking, or failure to use an available crosswalk while crossing the street.

June 14, 2016 - The Redlands Police Department is seeking input from the Redlands community to name the department’s new K9 dog. The dog, a two-year old, 70-pound male German shepherd will be working with Officer Joseph Valdivia and joins Chewy as part of the RPD K9 force.

The RPD is asking the community to suggest a name for the newest K9. When thinking of names, it is important to keep in mind that these are working police dogs, not pets.

The winning contestant will get to meet the newest K9 officer, along with Chewy and their handlers, officers Joseph Valdivia and Jaimeson Liu. The contest rules are simple:

  • Contestants may suggest up to two names.
  • The name must be for a male dog.
  • The name must have no more than nine (9) letters. 
  • The name must be one or two syllables. 
  • Contestants must live in Redlands, work in Redlands or attend a school within the Redlands Unified School District.
  • Entries must be received by June 27, 2016.
  • The top 10 finalists will be announced June 29, 2016. The winning finalist name will be announced on June 30, 2016. 

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