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The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office will sponsor an academy in September for people interested in joining the Community Emergency Response Team.

The CERT program began in 2007, and to date more than 150 people have received training. The program is part of an effort to increase disaster preparedness awareness in the county by having a group of trained individuals capable of assisting themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

CERT training promotes a partnership between local emergency services and the people they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to help representatives of neighborhoods, community organizations and workplaces develop basic response skills.

CERT members are then integrated into the area's emergency response capability. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays professional responders, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills they learned during the training.

Upon completing the training and application process, individuals will be registered as CERT volunteers with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. Registered volunteers are required to participate in monthly disaster preparedness training activities to maintain their volunteer status.

CERT Academy training is scheduled:

• Sept. 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Emergency Preparedness and CERT Organization

• Sept. 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fire Safety, Medical Operations

• Sept. 23, 6 to 10 p.m., Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology

• Sept. 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Terrorism, Course Review, Disaster Simulation

Training sessions will be held in the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office Training Room, 330 Fair Lane, Building A, Placerville.

Those interested in attending the Academy should call Bob Todd, academy coordinator, (530) 644-6955, or email, or call OES Deputy Matt Cathey, (530) 621-7660, or email

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones invites the public to attend a "Sheriff's Chat" Wednesday in Wilton.

The event is designed to allow people in the community to meet with Jones to ask questions and discuss concerns regarding the Sheriff's Department and the communities it serves. Those attending will have an opportunity to speak with the sheriff one on one, on a first-come, first-served basis, as time permits.

The event is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wilton Service Center, 11080 Jeff Brian Lane, Suite A, Wilton.

Start Smart, a driver education class for teenagers, will be presented by the California Highway Patrol on May 26 in El Dorado Hills.

Teen drivers are found at fault in 66 percent of all fatal collisions in which they are involved, although they represent only 4 percent of the state's licensed drivers, according to a CHP news release. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old,

The Start Smart program targets newly and soon-to-be licensed teenage drivers ages 15 to 19 years old and their parents or guardians.

By Cathy Locke

The city of Roseville will sponsor a variety of free events during Roseville Community Safety Day at the Westfield Galleria on Saturday.

Free activities are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Motor officers from agencies statewide will test their skills in challenge courses and speed contests in the Police Motorcycle Skill Competition.

Dispatchers with the Citrus Heights and Elk Grove police departments, along with two quick-thinking youths they assisted in emergencies, will be recognized Thursday at the state Capitol as recipients of the California State 9-1-1 Heroes Awards.

They will be honored by lifestyle designer Kathy Ireland, the 9-1-1 for Kids international ambassador.

The awards program is intended to make the public aware of the exemplary efforts by dispatchers and youths in handling emergencies.

Sacramento Fire Department Station 19 will hold an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The station, at 1700 Challenge Way near Cal Expo, will be the first of the city's 21 fire stations to participate in the department's third annual open house series.

The open houses offer an opportunity for people in the community to talk with members of the department, tour the station, and get some life safety and fire prevention tips. Educational materials also will be available to take home.

Light refreshments will be provided by fire station personnel and the firefighters union, Local 522.

The Sacramento Police Department has announced an option for families seeking to protect loved ones who are in danger of becoming lost due to cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's, dementia or autism.

The department has partnered with EmFinders, which provides a service using the EmSeeQ wearable locator system to quickly locate individuals who are prone to wandering due to cognitive disorders. EmSeeQ can track the location of a missing person anywhere in the United States where cellular service coverage exists, according to a police department news release.

The wearable watch-like device uses the nationwide U-TDOA cellular technology to determine the location of the person wearing the device, enabling rescuers to quickly find the individual.

Caltrans officials say they believe a problem in new software may be responsible for a malfunction that left about 70 onramp meters stuck on red as the Sacramento area afternoon commute began today.

Caltrans spokesman Mark Dinger said sabotage was not suspected.

Reports of problems with the meters designed to regulate merging traffic began coming in about 3:45 p.m.

The Elk Grove Police Department has announced that the public may now file a variety reports with the department via the Internet.

The service will allow people to file a report at a time that is best for them without having to wait for an officer to respond or return a phone call, according to a Police Department news release. People filing reports also will be able to print a temporary copy of the report upon submitting it.

The report will be reviewed by police personnel and once it is approved, the person who filed it will receive an email with a copy of the report attached at no cost. The report will transfer into the records management system and receive the same investigation and statistical analysis it would if it had been taken by a police officer, officials said.

By Stephen Magagnini

Several agencies dedicated to fighting human trafficking will hold a march and informational fair Saturday in Sacramento's Cesar Chavez Park.

Hosted by Chab Dai, a non-profit founded in Cambodia to combat human trafficking across the globe, the event will raise money for a number of Sacramento-area organizations, including Opening Doors, My Sister's House and WIND Youth Services that provide services to victims of human trafficking victims.

To register for the 10 a.m. march, arrive between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Cesar Chavez Park, said spokesman Jeremy Maz. The entry fee for adults is $45, for youth ages 13-20 it's $25, and children from 5 to 13 years old cost $8, participants younger than 5 are free.

The march will be followed by entertainment and information on human trafficking efforts in Sacramento.

For more information go to

Chab Dai (literally "joining hands" in Khmer) was founded in Cambodia in 2005, and expanded into the United States in 2008. Chab Dai aims to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery through coalition building, advocacy and community education. Chab Dai USA is based in Sacramento. For more information: or (866) 305-9800.

According to the International Organization for Migration, there are an estimated 12.3 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor and forced prostitution at any given time across the globe, Chab Dai reported. A report by the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking Task Force indicates California to be one of the United States' top destinations for people who force victims into hard labor and prostitution.

Call The Bee's Stephen Magagnini, (916) 321-1072.

From Cathy Locke:

More than 100 cadets from the California Highway Patrol Academy are participating in community service projects today, assisting the Sacramento Children's Home and Sacramento Habitat for Humanity.

Until 3 p.m., more than 50 cadets will be landscaping, refinishing cabinets and baseboards and painting living quarters at the Sacramento Children's Home at 2750 Sutterville Road in Sacramento.

Another group of approximately 50 cadets will spend the day planting trees, installing irrigation and drip systems, painting and doing general cleanup for Habitat for Humanity projects at 3824 Mahogany and 2773 Forrest streets in Sacramento.

The academy's 27-week instructional program helps reinforce the CHP's mission of providing safety, service and security to California residents, as well as contributing to the community in which they serve, an agency news release states.

From Bee staff:

The Sacramento Police Department and the North Sacramento community today are hosting the second annual Cops & Community Celebration to recognized the partnership of the department and the community it serves.

The celebration is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. at the William J. Kinney Police Facility at 3550 Marysville Boulevard.

Through a news release, Chief Rick Braziel said he believes that "without community support and involvement we cannot do our job effectively. We would like to thank all those who are working to make their neighborhoods a safer place and invite those who have not been involved to start participating."

The event will include free hot dogs, hamburgers, snow cones, car seat information, face painting, jump houses, tours of the police station, k-9 demonstration, Nascar race car, children's fingerprinting, Kids Make-it workshop (courtesy of Home Deport), and booths with crime prevention and community information, the news release states.

From Bill Lindelof:

What began in 1934 as a local civic effort to educate drivers marks its 75th anniversary on Saturday when the Safety Center invites Sacramento area residents to a free celebration with refreshments, tours, prizes and entertainment.

The event takes place from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

The most recognizable feature of the nonprofit Safety Center is Safetyville, U.S.A., the miniature community designed to teach elementary school children how to live safely in daily situations. The complex is visible to motorists when they drive by the organization's headquarters at 3090 Bradshaw Road.

The community could be Anytown. It originally was designed with a church, school, fire station, railroad station, telephone company, shopping mall and gas station. Participants Saturday can roam through Safetyville, which also features a replica of California's Capitol.

Visitors can pick up a "Passport to Safety" that lets them explore the centers' six major safety programs. Participants who get their passports stamped will be eligible to enter a drawing for a $500 travel voucher and other prizes; children who complete the task might win a birthday party at Safetyville.

Alcohol and drug remediation programs are the largest part of the Safety Center's business, but the organization also provides occupational safety training and motorcycle skills classes.

By Niesha Lofing

Registration begins today for a summer camp program that teams Sacramento youth with area law enforcement.

The 23rd annual Kops-N-Kids camp provides children ages 9 through 13 with a week of sports, cheer and dance sessions with members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The camp also features gang resistance, drug awareness and violence prevention materials and activities, the organization's Web site states.

Cost of the camp is $25 per camper for the week. The fee was lowered last year, down from $35, in light of the economic downturn, states a news release by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a participating agency.

The number of hot meals served each day was increased last year, an action that will continue this year. Campers also receive T-shirts, gear bags and prizes throughout the week.

Scholarships are available for students who have participated in the national Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program.

Carmichael Elks Lodge, Maloof Entertainment, the Sacramento River Cats, Elk Grove Subway, Noah's Bagels, Wells Fargo Bank, the Target Corp., the Coca Cola Bottling Company and other businesses are helping support the camp program.

Free busing is available from certain locations in the San Juan, Rio Linda, Twin Rivers, Elk Grove and Sacramento City Unified school districts.

The camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 through June 19 at Rosemont High School, 9584 Kiefer Boulevard, Sacramento.

For information about the camp, go to

From Cathy Locke:

Seniors interested in assisting the Placerville Police Department are invited to attend an informational meeting Wednesday on a program called SHIELD, or Seniors Helping in Enforcement Like Duties.

Program volunteers perform a variety of services, including traffic control, vacation house checks, auto maintenance and inmate worker supervision. They also participate in vehicle patrol duties in SHIELD patrol cars and patrol walking trails using a police scooter.

SHIELD members play key roles in organizing and planning National Night Out, the city's award-winning annual neighborhood crime prevention event.

Applicants must be age 50 or older and willing to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month. Participants also are required to purchase and wear the approved SHIELD uniform while on duty.

A valid California Driver's License is desirable, and applicants must pass a background check. An oral interview and fingerprinting also are required.

In addition, SHIELD members must attend the Placerville Police Department's nine-week Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy, which begins in September.

Wednesday's meeting will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. upstairs at the city Recreation and Parks Department, 549 Main St., Placerville.

For more information or reservations, call Cynthia Estes, a community services officer, at (530) 642-5272, or e-mail her at

From Sandy Louey:

The Nevada County Sheriff's Department is offering a way that citizens can view the calls for service that the department receives.

The online mapping software program allows users to select the information by area and date. The data for the site goes back to Nov. 1, 2008, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.

The site can be viewed by going to Once on the site, go to online services then click on the crime mapping icon.

From Sandy Louey:

The Sacramento Police Department is working with the California Highway Patrol to lower the gang activity, robbery and burglary rates in the city.

Starting today, 16 CHP officers and two CHP sergeants have been assigned to help the police department's Problem Oriented Police Officers and detectives to deter crimes in south Sacramento, according to a news release.

The partnership is expected to be a long-term effort where CHP officers will be working hand-in-hand with Sacramento police throughout the city, police said.

Areas of deployment will depend on current crime trends or crime series that have been identified, police said.

From Sandy Louey:

The Elk Grove Police Department is holding its 3rd annual crab feed on March 14.

The event will be at the S.E.S. Hall at 10427 East Stockton Blvd. in Elk Grove with no host cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Elk Grove Police Activities League, a non-profit that helps youth in Elk Grove and the surrounding areas.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Checks should be made out to Elk Grove PAL and sent to: Elk Grove PAL, 10044 Bruceville Road, Suite 100, Elk Grove, CA 95757.

For more information, call Officer Manuel Saenz at (916) 502-2105 or Tangela Campbell at (916) 478-8123.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department will host community meetings in Carmichael the last Tuesday of every other month beginning Feb. 24, officials said.

The meetings are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at the Carmichael Sheriff's Service Center, 4005 Manzanita Ave., Suite 58.

For more information, call (916) 487-4292.

From Sandy Louey

Elk Grove police are looking for people interested in attending its citizens academy.

The 15-week program is designed to educate participants about patrol and investigation procedures, dispatch and forensics.

Classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Feb. 25, at the Police Department, 8400 Laguna Palms Way.

The free program is open to anyone who lives or works in Elk Grove. The 15 to 20 participants must be older than 18 and have no felony convictions. A background check will be conducted on all applicants.

Applications can be found at For additional information, contact Sgt. Audrey Haug at (916) 478-8073 or by e-mail at

From Kim Minugh:

California Highway Patrolman Joseph Paul Sanders was laid to rest Monday, one day after the 29-year-old Galt High graduate would have successfully completed his first year in his dream job.

He had served just 359 days as a CHP officer - his long-time goal - before he was struck and killed a week prior while diverting traffic on a wet Los Angeles County highway.

Hundreds of family, friends and uniformed officers honored the Sacramento-born Sanders, who worked from the CHP's Santa Fe Springs office in southern California.

Law enforcement officers from across the state - including a large contingent from the south state - and even from the Texas Highway Patrol filled the First Baptist Church in Elk Grove to memorialize the young officer.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow described Sanders as a man of "tremendous courage and strength, yet a man of compassion and warmth."

"He was indeed an honorable man, a true American hero," Farrows said.

Sanders grew up the oldest of three children. Before graduating in 1997, he lettered in four varsity sports at Galt High. He died an avid fan of the Oakland A's and Raiders teams, according to friends.

Sanders enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served seven months in Fallujah, Iraq, before being honorably discharged in July 2006.

When he entered the CHP Academy a year later, family and friends say he fulfilled a lifelong dream. Capt. Dan Minor, who oversees the Santa Fe Springs office, said that within minutes of telling Sanders' widow, Tondria, that her husband had been killed, she said she took comfort knowing he died doing what he loved to do.

Sanders is survived by Tondria, who is pregnant; the couple's four young children; his parents and his two sisters.

After mourners cleared the First Baptist Church, an unknown man sat comforting one of Sanders' sons in the church's front pew. The boy wore a CHP uniform shirt and a yellow mourning ribbon.

To see a photo gallery of Bee photos taken at the services, click here.

By Niesha Lofing:

Rancho Cordova police Chief Rueben Meeks is looking for people to serve on a new police advisory committee.

The newly formed Chief's Outreach Advisory Board is tasked with improving the quality of life and enhancing trust between the community and the police department, a police news release states.

Meeks wants a diverse team of people who will openly discuss ideas and concerns and educate the community on police-related issues.

Board members also will help create and improve problem-solving strategies for problems and issues the department faces, the release states.

Board members must live or work in the Rancho Cordova area and be willing to serve on the board for two years.

Applications can be downloaded from and are due, along with a letter of intent, by Dec. 31.

Applications can be sent to Debbie Cannon, Rancho Cordova Police Department, 10361 Rockingham Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA 95827.

Questions may be directed to Cannon at (916) 606-1378 or

From Denny Walsh:

Laurel White, an assistant U. S. attorney in Sacramento who has been a national force in prosecuting crimes against children, is the recipient of the 2008 FBI director's Community Leadership Award.

The annual award recognizes achievements in the areas of drug and violence education and prevention.

White has been a federal prosecutor for 19 years, and for the past nine years has focused primarily on crimes against children and Internet predators.

She also has been in the forefront of efforts to educate parents, children and schools about the dangers of the Internet and what can be done to keep children safe, the FBI said.

Acknowledging "we're not going to prosecute our way out of this crisis," White has worked tirelessly on her own time to prevent the exploitation of children through education, the FBI said.

From Niesha Lofing:

Sacramento police will be honored today at an appreciation event hosted by the Target Corp.

The breakfast and barbecue event will take place at the police department's south area facility, 5303 Franklin Blvd., Sgt. Matt Young stated in a news release.

Target has given more than $8,000 to the Sacramento Police Foundation to assist with a variety of community programs, including National Night Out, Safe Night and Kops N Kids.

Chief Rick Braziel will accept a check this afternoon on behalf of the foundation in recognition of Target's contributions, Young said.

Target has partnered with local, state and federal law enforcement through an initiate called Target and Blue, which provides agencies with equipment, grants, training and forensic support.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department will sponsor a Carmichael community meeting Tuesday evening at the Carmichael Park Clubhouse, 5750 Grant Ave.

Guest speakers at the event, to begin at 6:30 p.m., are scheduled to be Hilary Gould of the Sacramento County Department of Neighborhood Services, and Carl Simpson, the county's chief code enforcement officer.

For more information, call (916) 487-4309.

From Niesha Lofing:

A Gold River salon is offering free haircuts and discounts on other spa services to local police, firefighters and military personnel today and Thursday.

Mane Attraction Salon & Spa is offering the complimentary services from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Thursday as part of its second Heroes Appreciation Salon Spa Day.

Law enforcement, fire and military personnel who go to the salon in uniform will receive a free haircut. Those not in uniform, but who can provide proof of employment, will receive 50 percent off their haircut.

The salon, which is an Aveda Concept SalonSpa, also is offering 50 percent off all its treatments during the event, including facials, waxing, hair color and massages.

Carrie Martin, one of the salon's owners, said they began the event last year as a way to show their appreciation to the men and women who work to keep the community safe.

The salon has many clients who are in that line of work. Several salon staff members also have family who are sworn public servants, she said.

"It's just something nice to give back to the community," Martin said.

The salon is at 11226 Gold Express Drive, Suite 204.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. To make an appointment or for questions, call (916) 631-7151.

PK ROSENBERG 0131.JPGFrom Hudson Sangree:

In his day job, David Rosenberg, left, presides over the Yolo County Superior Court.

Tonight at 7:30, he'll preside over the Yolo Idol Search competition at the county fairgrounds in Woodland.

The Yolo County Fair is in full swing through the weekend, and fair organizers have billed tonight's event as a highlight.

For the fifth year, contestants will sing along to recorded music, karaoke style, as they seek to claim a top prize of $250.

Rosenberg, the county's head judge, will emcee the event, as he did last year.

Contestants must supply their own music and pre-register at the fair office at 1125 East Street.

This year's theme is "Jam Packed With Fun." The fair features livestock barns, art exhibits and carnival rides. Its stages will host a variety of local musical acts.

Saturday night's Auto Destruction Derby is already sold out.

Entry to the fair and many events are free. The entrance is on Gum Avenue in Woodland.

The fair closes at midnight Sunday.

From Sandy Louey:

The Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department and the Murphy 400 Fund will host a community blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The drive is at Fire Station 71, 8760 Elk Grove Blvd. No appointment is necessary and donors will receive a BloodSource T-shirt.

The Murphy 400 Fund is a BloodSource donor club started by Tim Murphy of Elk Grove, who set out to collect 400 pints of blood before his 40th birthday last May. By his 40th birthday, 619 pints were donated to the fund.

Prospective donors must be in generally good health, free from cold symptoms for at least 48 hours, be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent); and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Donors also must bring a photo ID.

A parent of a student at Frontier Elementary School in the Foothill Farms neighborhood passes along an alert issued Tuesday by principal Ellen Giffin.

A male reportedly asked a student to get into his vehicle. The student didn't enter the car and was unharmed, but the school has asked the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department to provide additional security in the area through Friday.

Here is the principal's full message:

The Redding Police Department is co-sponsoring an event Saturday aimed at helping remove abandoned vehicles from properties: a Vehicle Amnesty Day.

Police officials said city of Redding and Shasta County residents can turn over their vehicles to the Pick-N-Pull in Redding for free. There are some guidelines, the most important being: No stolen cars.

Here are the details: Download file

Off-duty Sacramento City firefighters and city officials, including City Councilwoman Lauren Hammond, will be going door-to-door Saturday morning to help install smoke detectors in a south Oak Park neighborhood.

The event is an effort to promote having working smoke detectors in homes, according to Chris Harvey, spokesman for the Firefighters for Sacramento City group.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a barbecue featuring children's activities at Maple Elementary School, 3011 37th Ave.

The effort is part of a community awareness campaign to inform residents about the importance having a working smoke detector in every home. On. Jan. 6, 2007, a fire resulted in the deaths of two young children in Sacramento's Avondale neighborhood.

Following is The Bee's story about the incident and the creation of a task force to deal with the issue:

From Chelsea Phua:

A local cop is about to make his debut on national television. Sacramento Police Det. Mike Wood is scheduled to appear tonight on "The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric."

Wood, who has been investigating real estate fraud for three years, was invited to talk about a growing national problem as more homes go into foreclosure -- "professional squatters" moving into vacated bank-owned homes.

Wood said he is both nervous and excited to be interviewed on national television, but he is happy to do it because it will help alert people to this fraud.

Wood said it is important that bank agents be aware of the conditions of the foreclosed homes they own, and renters should be wary about from who they are renting. Some of the squatters have pretended to lease property and have absconded with deposits.

Wood will have to tape the interview. He doesn't usually get home by 5:30 p.m., when the broadcast is scheduled to begin on Channel 13.

From Laurel Rosenhall:

Inderkum High School in North Natomas will host a town hall meeting Thursday night to discuss how to prevent underage drinking.

Students, parents and other concerned citizens can attend the event, which is put on by Inderkum's Friday Night Live program. Friday Night Live is a statewide effort to reduce drunk driving and substance abuse and promote healthy lifestyles for youth.

The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Inderkum High School theater, 2500 New Market Drive.

swearing in.JPGFrom M.S. Enkoji:

Placer County Sheriff Edward Bonner, left, is the new president of the California State Sheriff's Association, the non-profit professional organization representing each of the state's 58 counties.

Bonner was sworn in recently during ceremonies in Monterey.

The long-time Placer County lawman said his term will be challenged by shrinking budgets brought on by the eroding economy.

Bonner began his career with the department in 1974, getting elected in 1994. He is now in his fourth term.

Bonner and his wife, Jeanne, have two sons.

April 22, 2008
Jakers to the rescue

The Sacramento Fire Department on Wednesday will introduce its newest search and rescue canine -- Jakers.

A badge-pinning ceremony for Jakers, the department's newest member of the Sacramento-based Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 7, is scheduled at 2 p.m. at Sacramento Fire Department Station No. 10, 5642 66th St.

According to a department news release, Jakers is joining Anna, who is approaching retirement age as a member of the task force.

Jakers and his handler, firefighter Jeff Ivy, will demonstrate some of the dog's search and rescue skills. Department officials report Anna was one of the first rescue dogs on the ground Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center.

From Lakiesha McGhee:

Sierra College's Rocklin campus will be the site Wednesday of a multiagency emergency response exercise as the college tests its preparedness with a "lockdown" drill.

Area agencies will respond to a simulation of a “multiple-casualty incident,” which will take place in a closed section of the campus, according to a college news release.

Residents should not be alarmed if they see an unusual number of police vehicles, firetrucks, ambulances and even helicopters in the area, college officials said.

The exercise will last about three hours in the morning and will minimally affect the flow of traffic on routes to and from the campus at 5000 Rocklin Road.

The exercise is being organized by the Rocklin Police and Fire departments under a grant from the state Office of Homeland Security.

Questions or concerns should be directed to the Sierra College Public Information Office, (916) 789-2668 or (916) 781-0411.

April 17, 2008
Be careful, motorists

It will be a watchful weekend for area drivers. On Wednesday, we posted Roseville Police Department's plans to hold a sobriety checkpoint at 9 p.m. Friday on an undisclosed street.

Today, Bill Lindelof reports about police agencies planning crackdowns on drunken driving in Rancho Cordova, Davis and Sacramento beginning Friday night.

Here are the details.

From David Richie:

On Wednesday morning, Folsom High School students will be involved in a "mock" double fatality, a two-car collision near the school entrance on Prairie City Road as part of this year's "Every 15 Minutes" safety program focusing on the dangers of drinking and reckless driving.

The re-enactment will include a realistic emergency response involving a California Highway Patrol helicopter as well as units from the Folsom Police Department and Folsom Fire Department.

"Every 15 Minutes" is an intense interactive program provided by public safety agencies every year at selected schools. The car wreck and emergency response is just part of a program that tries to get teenagers to think hard about their decisions to drink and drive.

From David Richie:

Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness plans to meet with Fair Oaks residents Wednesday during Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan's 7:30 a.m. "community cabinet" at Village Cafe and Grill, 10131 Fair Oaks Blvd.

The informal morning sessions provide an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns about local issues.

The Organization of Public Safety Telecommunicators is honoring dispatchers this week in the Sacramento region.

All public safety communications centers in the counties of Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado and Sutter are participating in the special week, and an awards banquet honoring two local dispatchers is planned Saturday at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento.

Jennifer Collins, a Rocklin Police Department communications manager and a banquet organizer, said the week is for celebrating "the hard work and professionalism that communications personnel display on a daily basis."

"They are the silent heroes that are the first line of communication during an individual's time of emergency," Collins said in an e-mail to The Bee.

More details from Art Campos:

Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept. Detective Sgt. Mike Jones of the Safe Task Force is the scheduled guest speaker at the next Carmichael and Foothill Farms community meeting April 22.

According to a department news release, Jones will discuss sexual assault prevention, Megan's Law, Jessica's Law, sex offenders living in area neighborhoods, (what you can and cannot do as a concerned citizen), signs and symptoms of an abusive environment, and upcoming and current legislation.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Carmichael Park Clubhouse, 5750 Grant Ave. For more information, call (916) 487-4309.

Concerned over several violent assaults in recent weeks, the city of Lincoln has scheduled a town forum to discuss the growing problem of gangs.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Lincoln High School Theatre, 790 J St. There is no admission charge and reservations are not needed.

More details from Art Campos:

The Power Inn Alliance, a coalition of more than 600 businesses and property owners in the Power Inn area of Sacramento, plans a "Crime and Dine" event from noon to 1 p.m. April 24.

According to an Alliance news release, among the topics to be presented is Police Reporting 101. A Sacramento Police officer will show residents the process of filing police reports by phone and Internet.

For more details about the event, view the Alliance's Web site.

Local firefighters are raising money for cancer research while dramatically "lowering their ears" and they are inviting local residents to join them.

Bald will be beautiful for dozens of firefighters mustering 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Station 21, 7641 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights. They are getting their heads shaved in support of Capt. Jim Peterson of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, said Capt. Christian Pebbles.

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