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									                            THE SPOTLIGHT


                             Motor Officer Jay A. Froboese
                              Murrieta Police Department
                                   Traffic Division

This month our SPOTLIGHT is on Officer Daryl Underwood and his canine partner
Django. Officer Underwood submitted the following article to me along with a photo of
him and his partner for this issue. As you will see, Officer Underwood has quite a sense
of humor and likes to talk about his canine partner Django.

Following Officer Underwood’s submission, with my editorial comments for color in
brackets, I have rounded out this month’s column with some spring cleaning items.
Throughout the year citizens contact me with ideas for articles that only take a few lines
to discuss so I like to address those each spring.

So without further ado, Officer Underwood…………………’re up!!!

                                       Photo Here

                        To be submitted Monday March 14, 2005

Allow me to introduce my partner Django and me. I am Officer Daryl Underwood, and I
have been the City of Murrieta’s only canine handler for the past year. Okay enough
about me.

Let’s talk about my partner Django and his responsibility as it relates to police work in
our great city. Django is an interesting breed to say the least. He is a Belgian Malanois
and has a metabolism and drive like a Hyena [similar to Officer Underwood]. Django
was born in Holland on July 4th, 2001. He was trained initially by the Dutch and later
imported to the great US of A in January of 2004.

I received Django that very same month. Django and I then attended the basic 240 hour
police canine academy at Adlerhorst International located in Riverside, Ca. During this
training, Django was taught how to be used in the field of police work. In Europe he was
taught some of the basics. But here in the states, he, along with all police service dogs
are put through very extensive basic training coupled with on going weekly training.

After the basic police canine academy, Django and I attended a basic 200 hour narcotics
academy. During the training, Django was taught a new skill; the detection of narcotic
odors and their derivatives. In other words, Django is a three purpose dog. He is utilized
to search for articles with human scent on them such as guns, knives, baseball bats, etc.
And he searches for humans and narcotics.

Django is an unbelievable tool for police work. Studies show that one police service dog
not only saves officers lives, but cuts back on man power. Django is able to search the
interior of a business or residence within minutes, while officers hold a perimeter or wait
outside the structure. It takes multiple officers much longer to accomplish the same task
with great risk to each officer should someone actually be hiding or armed with a weapon
in the structure. Django has a bullet proof vest that he wears for such instances where a
weapon might be involved.

So what sets a dog apart from us humans in terms of their ability to locate things and
people? It is pretty simple, dogs’ olfactory system, or sense of smell, works up to one
million times better than ours. Their hearing is approximately 15 times better than ours.
And the beautiful thing about Django is he runs approximately 30 MPH at top speed. [So
does Officer Underwood] Oh my, that is a speeding ticket in a residential neighborhood.
[Sometimes Officer Underwood dreams of being a motor officer]

Finally, if you see Django and me driving down the street, just wave. Of course, if you
are the type that wants to break the law, remember the above mentioned information.
30MPH, one million times better, and 15 times better. What this means is simple. You
can run but you can not hide. Make it a great day. Daryl

Thanks Daryl for that great article. Could not help myself with the color commentary!!

                                 SPRING CLEANING

Parking Violations: When you receive a parking violation it is usually for some simple
vehicle code violation you know you violated. You pay the nominal fine and get on with
life. But did you know there are also city and county ordinances that if violated could get
you a parking ticket? The most common city ordinance violated in Murrieta is the
ordinance prohibiting a citizen from advertising their car for sale on public or private
property, unless of course the private property is their own. The ordinance is in place to
keep our cities clean and free of the “used car lot” look. The fine is steep at $80.00 and
we tend to write a lot of these tickets on the weekends. Check with our city code
enforcement for a complete list of city ordinances related to parking violations.

Turn Signals: Yes it is the law that a turn signal must be used before any lane change or
turning movement if another vehicle is close enough to be affected by the turning
movement. This is covered in section 22107 of the California Vehicle Code, not to
mention it is the courteous and safe thing to do when driving. The signal should be given
at least 100 feet before the vehicle begins turning or changing a lane.

Bicycle Helmets, Scooters and Cell Phones: There is a law enacted January 2004 in the
Vehicle Code that requires children riding the non-motorized scooters to wear bicycle
helmets. There still is no law that prohibits motorists from talking on a cell phone while
driving. Recent published surveys show nationwide; there are about 1 in 10 drivers on
the highway at any particular time talking on a hand held cell phone. My observations
would indicate that number is significantly higher in Murrieta. Be careful out there.

Airbags and Children: Although not a law, please remember when you travel with
small children or infants to always follow your vehicles and car seat manufacturer’s
recommendations and place those kids in the rear seats away from front seat airbags. I
am surprised at number of parents I see with infants and small children in the front seats
exposed to the explosive nature of airbags should an accident occur. Many of these
airbags can kill your child on a very simple low speed front-end collision. If you ever
have question about how to properly restrain your children, do not hesitate to call or stop
by the Police Department. We are always more than happy to help you with your car seat
or offer advice regarding the restraint of your children in your vehicle.

Limit Lines and Crosswalks: Limit lines are solid white lines twelve to twenty four
inches in width that extend across the roadway to indicate the point where traffic must
stop at intersections. I get a many calls during the year from crossing guards and
pedestrians that motorists ignore these lines and crosswalks, and protrude across the lines
or into crosswalks when they stop at intersections. Remember, when you stop at an
intersection your entire vehicle should be behind the limit line or first line of the
crosswalk. Blocking a crosswalk is an infraction, not to mention it exposes pedestrians to
traffic if they must walk out of the crosswalk and around your vehicle to cross the street.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you with your ideas for improving this
column, your questions, and your suggestions for future articles in the Murrieta Insider. I
receive many calls and e-mails every month and appreciate the feedback. Please feel free
to contact me at 909-304-2677 Ext. 6754 or e-mail at

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