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					To: Chief Odetto

From: Lt. Dan Fink

Date: July 8, 2009

Re: Community Policing Update

On 6/17/09, Lieutenant Dan Fink attended a meeting with the Federation of San
Rafael Neighborhoods. The group asked to meet with Lieutenant Fink to discuss
the community policing program. The meeting, which was attended by
approximately twelve people, went very well. The group was very excited to hear
that the police department has plans to reinstate the citizen academy either in the
fall or early spring. During Wednesday night’s meeting, numerous questions
were fielded about our philosophy surrounding community policing. Because the
Board requested for more interaction with Lieutenant Fink, he has agreed to
attend a Federation meeting once a quarter to answer questions and listen to any
suggestions the Board may have about community policing.


Lieutenant Erik Masterson’s last day with SRPD was Tuesday, June 30th. Erik
retired after devoting 30 years of service to the Police Department and the
community. Erik was an exceptional law enforcement professional who worked
his way up through the ranks, ultimately retiring as Lieutenant. Erik will be sorely
missed.

On Tuesday, June 23rd, Corporal Kevin MacDougald and Officer Timothy Horvath
were among many law enforcement officers to receive an award from MADD
(Mothers against Drunk Driving). The officers were honored at an awards luncheon
in Sonoma that was hosted by MADD and the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Each officer received an award for their diligence in DUI enforcement over the past
year. Law Enforcement officers from Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano
Counties came together to celebrate their success.

Last week Officer / Dr. Joel Fay was part of a panel that met in Sacramento to
discuss the current laws for handling the mentally ill and how those laws may be
changed and improved. Also participating on the panel was Senator Leland Yee,
PhD from San Francisco. The meeting was sponsored by the California Psychiatric
Association and the California State Association of Counties. Follow-up meetings
are being considered to discuss presenting the changes to the State Legislature.


Last week Sergeant Vergara received several citizen complaints of a private
business being run from a residence. The citizen’s were very upset because of
the traffic problems the business created. Sergeant Vergara contacted code
enforcement and notified them of the situation. He then contacted the resident
who confirmed the neighbor’s suspicions. Sergeant Vergara and the resident
discussed the situation and the resident agreed to stop the business
immediately. The concerned citizens were notified and happy with the results.

Several members of the Department were on hand at the Marin County Fair in the
Public Safety Fun Zone. This tent was shared by SRPD, Novato PD, Marin County
Sheriff’s Department, Marin Chapter of CERT (Community Emergency Response
Team), Marin Urban Search and Rescue, K-9 Armor and the Marin Chapter of the
Masons, who provided free child ID kits to parents. For 3 days, the Monterey Bay
Aquarium also joined us with many free giveaways. SRPD showed a display and
video on the upcoming red light camera program and had McGruff interacting with
the kids every day. A fun time was had by all.

There will be a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint this Friday, July 10 from 6 p.m. to 2
a.m. This is funded by the Office of Traffic Safety. Please don’t drink and drive.

				
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