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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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