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Jun 11

Police Department Update - May 23, 2012

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM by Suzanne Iarla

  • During the month of April, the Police department was committed to increasing safety to our driving public during the Distracted Driving Campaign. ECPD issued 445 citations for cell phone use and other risky behaviors that lead to increased collisions. ECPD finished in the top 15 police departments in the number of citations issued and issued more citations than some agencies 10 times our size. May is Click-it-or-ticket month for seatbelt compliance!
  • Officer Carlos Maldonado was awarded the Officer of the Year by the Exchange Club. Selected by the police sergeants for his work ethic, positive attitude, and furtherance of the Department’s mission, Carlos reflects the best of ECPD for this past year.
  • Officers attended the Harding Bicycle Festival and gave talks and demonstrations of techniques of police bicycling in an urban terrain. The officers really enjoyed interacting with the kids while encouraging bicycle safety.
  • K-9 Koda was certified and is on patrol with his officer/partner Josh Del Prado. The team will soon be off the street for a few weeks while training and certifying in narcotics detection. This training will make Koda a tremendous asset in detection and compliment his protection, apprehension, and tracking capabilities. Koda has already become a beloved member of the police family.
  • Police employees are getting ready for the Bike the Bridges to benefit Special Olympics on June 10th. The Department encourages riders of all talent and fitness levels to form a team.
  • Officers continue to conduct home safety inspections and evaluations for our community members at any time, 7 days a week at the convenience of the citizen. Please direct anyone who desires such an inspection to contact Lt. Steve Bonini at 215-4427.
  • Chief Moir is meeting with County Chiefs to discuss strategies to address the increases in property crime, and the increase in officer involved combat shootings statewide. All chiefs agree that training is essential to increase the officer’s likelihood of surviving a combat event, and we are examining ways of conducting such training while reducing the associated costs.