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Brisbane Welcomes New Officer

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Yesterday morning, city staff and Ludivico's family gathered in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall to witness the swearing in of the Police Department's newest police officer, Ludivico Viray.  

So if you see Ludivico (who goes by JR) patrolling in town, make sure to give him a warm welcome to Brisbane!

July 4th Reminder

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If you happen to hear, or better yet, see any individuals setting off fireworks, please notify the Brisbane Police right away and call (415) 467-1212.  Help be the eyes and ears of the community and stop this illegal activity.  Now that it is fire season, we all need to be on high alert and do what we can to keep Brisbane safe.  Please be assured that every tip counts and will be properly investigated.

For the complete flyer, please click here.

Making the City Safer

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STOP Signs: They really do mean… STOP!

A reminder from the Brisbane Police Department:

We receive periodic complaints from residents regarding driver’s disregard for the stop signs in town.  The most prevalent type of violation is the “California Stop” where drivers slow down while rolling over the limit line, and then accelerate when they perceive that the coast is clear.  Not only is this a clear violation the stop sign law, it is a dangerous habit.  And I say habit, because most of the drivers that we stop no longer realize that they’re doing it.  Most of the drivers aren’t even in a hurry!

Unfortunately this habit can have disastrous consequences.  Nationwide, there are over 700,000 accidents related to stop sign violations reported each year.  Over one third of these accidents resulted in injuries.  According to a 2004 NHTSA study, there were 13,627 fatalities in 1999 – 2000 caused by people failing to stop at stop signs.

Because of this, we will be increasing our focus toward stop sign violators in the hope of changing driver’s behavior in this area.  Officers will be watching for stop sign violators and taking a zero tolerance approach.  A citation for running a stop sign will cost you well over $200.  Is it worth the risk?  I hope that you will agree with us that it’s not and concentrate on coming to a complete stop at every stop sign.  It may seem like an inconvenience at first, but you’re helping make this town a safer and more enjoyable place to live.

2/13/13 Press Release

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On 11/16/12, at approx 1130 hours, Officers responded to a report of a male subject in possession of what appeared to be a human skull.

The officers located the subject in the 300 Block of Visitation Ave.  When confronted, the subject assaulted the officers.  Two officers received moderate to minor injuries while taking him into custody.  The officers have been treated and released.  The subject was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for assaulting a police officer.

The subject was indeed in possession of what appears to be a human skull.  The suspect was either unwilling or unable to articulate exactly where he found the skull.  The Brisbane Police Department conducted searches of different locations based on what statements he did make and areas where he has been known to frequent.  Officers were unable to locate any additional evidence at that time.

On 1/16/13, following his release from jail, officers re-contacted the subject from the above incident.  The subject was at this point willing to show officers the location where he found the skull.  Upon their arrival, officers located additional remains on a hillside in an unpopulated area of Brisbane, Southwest of Bayshore Blvd. and Old County Road. The San Mateo County Crime Lab processed the scene and the San Mateo County Coroner’s office recovered the remains. 

Brisbane Police, San Mateo County DA’s Office, San Mateo County Crime Lab and the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office have been working together to attempt to identify the remains.  DNA was extracted and has been sent to the Department of Justice.  Those results are still pending.  An initial examination by a forensic anthropologist has indicated that the remains belong to a female between the ages of 33 and 46 years old, between 5’3” and 5’6” tall.  The remains have likely been at the location where she was found for an excess of 5 years.

Investigators are comparing the information that we have with those of missing persons records.  It is still too early in the investigation to determine if the remains are related to a crime or natural occurrence.

 

Please click here for the PDF version of the press release from the Brisbane Police Department.

An Important Reminder

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Residential burglaries  are on the rise thoughout San Mateo County, and can occur even in Brisbane.  Unsecured doors and windows continue to be the favorite method of entry for these  criminals.  Always lock your car doors and front door when you leave your residence,  even if you are home.  Criminals will frequently check for unlocked or unsecured doors; don't be a victim in your own home.  If you should see a suspicious person, try to get a good description of them.  This would include clothing, direction of travel, their car make and model, and if possible, license plate.  Immediately call the Brisbane Police Department at (415) 467-1212.  Please do not take matters into your own hands.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times, reporting any suspicious persons or activity to the Police as soon as possible.

Police Action at the 23 Club

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Please click here to read a press release that was put out today by the Brisbane Police Department.  Thank you to our local citizens, for their concern and phone call to the Police Chief Macias when this issue first came to light in the community. 

SPCA Trap Set

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Late Friday afternoon, the City was alerted of a tannish pit bull mix which had been spotted near Mission Blue Drive and Monach Blvd.  All conventional methods of containing the dog were attempted but were not unsuccessful.  Therefore, a trap is being set up right now by the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in that area in an attempt to rescue the dog and return it to its owner.  In order to have the SPCA's trap be as effective as possible, please do not disturb it.  Note: this dog does not appear to be human- or dog-aggressive and is content to be left alone.  But if you happen to spot it, please contact the Brisbane Dispatch Line at 467-1212 and ask to speak with any officer on duty.  Also, in order for the trap to be effective, please do not leave food out for the dog.  Thank you.

Be a Good Neighbor

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Dog waste contaminates the ground and is the greatest source of potential health risk for your pet, family, and community.  Be conscientious about cleaning up after your dog when out on walks.  Picking up after your pet shows pride in your community, in yourself, and in your dog.  And, it's the law.  Section 6.14.020 of the Brisbane Municipal Code says,

"It is unlawful for the owner or person having custody of any dog to fail to immediately remove and dispose of in a sanitary manner, by placing in a closed or sealed container and depositing in a trash receptacle, any feces deposited by such dog upon private or public property not owned or controlled by the owner or person having custody of such dog. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any blind person accompanied by a guide dog."

Because it is the law, the City has provided mutt mitts around town for disposing of your pet's waste.  Therefore, if you happen to see anyone in violation of this law and not picking up after their dog, please report it right away by calling Police Dispatch at 467-1212.  Let's work together to make this Community a safer, happier, and cleaner place for us all.

July 4th Reminder: No Fireworks

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The Brisbane Police Department wants to remind all citizens of and visitors to Brisbane that fireworks are illegal and dangerous in Brisbane.  This July 4, think twice before buying, let alone lighting them.  Any person who causes a firework, including "safe and sane fireworks", to be discharged will be issued a citation.  Please report any instances of fireworks being discharged within the city limits to the Police Department by calling 467-1212.  Thank you for your cooperation to ensure the nation's holiday is celebrated safely.

Police Cars Get a New Look

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By: Commander Robert Meisner
Traditionally, Police cars have been Black and White. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, departments began experimenting with different paint schemes, one of the more popular at the time being a variation of all white. In 1989, the Brisbane Police Department followed suit and began deploying the all white design that we’ve had ever since.
 
In the late 1990’s, police departments began a migration back to the traditional black and white. Reasons cited for switching back were: better visibility, tradition, officer morale, crime reduction and community relations by giving the citizens the added comfort of seeing a “united” law enforcement front.
 
The men and women of the Brisbane Police Department take pride in our image and appearance in the community. The black and white patrol car is a tradition, and a universal sign of professionalism. With nearly every other agency having made the change, we feel that the time is appropriate for us to do so as well. As a result, and due to respect for the current economic situation, the officers of the Brisbane Police Officers Association have offered to pay for the painting of the first four cars. Future patrol cars will be ordered black and white from the manufacturer.
 
To enhance this new look, we are taking the opportunity to add our department motto to the side of the cars; “In Partnership with the Community.”  We take great pride in this approach to preserving the unique environment of the community we serve.
 
So the next time you see a black and white police car patrolling Brisbane, know that it is still the dedicated members of the Brisbane Police Department making every effort to enhance the services that we provide.

Another Explosion in Brisbane

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The following letter from the Brisbane Police Department is being mailed today to each household as an insert in the water bill.

After several months without an incident, we have had 3 recent occasions where an M80 or similar type explosive was set off. 

On 10/7/11 at approx. 9:30 pm, a device was set off near the entrance to Quarry Road.  As with past incidents, no property damage occurred, and in this case, was over 100 feet from any residential buildings.

On 12/1/11 at approx. 9:41 pm, a firework was set off in the 300 block of Klamath.  It appears that the device unintentionally landed under the stairs of a residence causing fire damage to the stairs and deck.

On 12/26/11 at approx. 8:55 pm, a device was set off in the storm drain in the 200 block of Monterey Street.  In this incident, the silhouette of a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt was seen running from the scene.

There does not appear to be any particular target or reason for these events, other than to gratify the person or people involved.  Causing damage to property does not appear to be a factor or motive in these incidents.

According to Wikipedia, “M80s are a class of large firecrackers, sometimes called salutes. The Simulator, Artillery, M80, was originally made in the early 20th century by the U.S. Military to simulate explosives or artillery fire; Later, M-80s were manufactured as fireworks.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-80_(explosive)   Regardless of their original intent, these devices are dangerous and we consider their use or possession a serious offense.

Earlier in the year we received several complaints of similar explosions in the city.  Most of these incidents were located near the area of Visitation and Mariposa Streets.  Although no arrests were made in these cases, aggressive patrol and contact with several people of interest resulted in no further incidents. 

These devices are very small despite there loud noise.  They can be easily concealed in a pocket or palm of the hand, and when ignited, do not go off for up to 30 seconds.  This gives ample time for the person involved to walk away without notice.  That’s why we need your help in our continued efforts to bring these incidents to an end.  Should you be anywhere near the area when one of these events occurs, please take note of the people in the area and pass that information on to any police officer.  Our officers take pride in knowing the members of our community and citizens that frequent our city.  Any description you may be able to provide could lead to the identification of the person or people involved. 

As always, if you have information for us and wish to remain anonymous, you can contact us via the Web: http://www.ci.brisbane.ca.us/brisbane-contact-form

New Booster Seat Law

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For those of you who have small children, or grandchildren or nephews and nieces that you help drive around, you'll want to be aware of a new law going into effect January 1st regarding child booster seats.  The previous law required children under the age of 6, or 60 lbs, to use a booster seat.  As of January 1st, children are required to be strapped into their booster seats until the age of 8.  Violators risk a fine of more than $400, in addition to a point on their driving record.  Click here to read more about the new law and here to read about some important safety tips you can keep in mind for your littlest passenger.

$500 Reward

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On 12/1/11 at approximately 9:41 PM, fireworks were set off in the 300 block of Klamath Street which resulted in severe damage to a nearby home.

There is a $500 reward being offered for information that results in the identification of the individual(s) responsible.

If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, please contact Commander Bob Meisner at (415) 508-2175, or on the online Contact Form.  Select "Contact the Police Department" from the “I want to” drop down menu. You may remain anonymous if you wish.

Police Reports

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Many of us know CARFAX as being the go-to website if in the market for a used car.  It's ownership history, whether it's had any title problems, and most importantly, whether it's been involved in any accidents could make or break a deal.  Well now you can think of CARFAX as the place to go if you were involved in a car accident that took place within Brisbane and need a copy of the police report.  Before, a written request would need to be submitted to the Police Department, which would then need to be manually processed by the Records Clerk.  It could take 1-3 days before the report could be in the mail, or picked up at the Poilce Department.  But thanks to the Brisbane Police Department recently teaming up with CARFAX, involved parties along with insurance companies can instantly obtain a copy of the report online, once it's been submitted by the Police Department.  This service is being offered by CARFAX to the City free of charge.  However, CARFAX does require a $5 convenience fee for using their service.  Note: involved individuals may still request and obtain their reports free of charge through the existing procedure.  It is anticipated that teaming up with CARFAX will allow for cost savings to be generated by way of less staff time being needed for processing and copying the reports, and less paper and postage costs needed to ensure report delivery.

Parking in Brisbane

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One doesn’t have to spend a whole lot of time in Brisbane to realize that parking in the residential areas is limited.  Understandably, citizens take a very personal interest in the vehicles they see parked in their neighborhood and how they are parked.  As a result, the Brisbane Police Department responds to numerous complaints about “abandoned” and “illegally” parked vehicles every day.  Often these complaints end up being a matter of personal preference rather than a matter of law where the police can take legal action.  In those cases where the law does not apply, the Police Department is more than happy to attempt to mediate the problem between the parties involved.
 

THE FACTS

To help you determine if your parking issue is one where legal action should be taken or if mediation would be a solution, the Police Department has put together the following facts to take into consideration:

Parking in front of your residence:

Unfortunately, the Police Department has no legal or inherent right to the parking spaces in front of our homes.  Parking on city streets is available to anyone, whether or not they reside on our street or not.    

People who own several vehicles:

The Police Department realizes that there are a great deal of residents that own numerous vehicles without adequate off-street parking, or have chosen to use their garages or driveways for other purposes.  Although this fact is unfortunate and inconsiderate to others in the neighborhood, the Police Department has no legal authority to remove these vehicles if legally parked on a city street and driven on a regular basis.

Vehicles stored on the street:

There are two municipal codes that govern vehicles parked or stored on the street.  One allows for vehicles to be towed as abandoned after being marked as such for 72 hours.  The other allows for a vehicle to be cited if it can be determined that the vehicle has been stored on the street for more than 5 consecutive days. 

The Police Department receives numerous calls each day for “abandoned” vehicles when someone spots a vehicle that they don’t recognize.  They find that, often times, these vehicles are being parked there temporarily due to construction or road work in another neighborhood, or simply because parking was unavailable on an adjacent street.  In either case, the Police Department makes concerted efforts to locate the owner by way of a neighborhood check or by phone before taking enforcement action.


REMEDIES

Community Mediation

The Brisbane Police Department offers conflict resolution and mediation through the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC).  Click here for more information about using PCRC.

Police Intervention

The Police Department will respond to any and all calls for service.  If you see a vehicle that you believe to be illegally parked please call (415) 467-1212.  Please leave your name and phone number with the dispatcher.  This allows an officer to contact you with any questions or to advise you of what they were able to do to resolve the problem.  The Police Departments receives a lot of “anonymous” calls.  Without your name and phone number, they are unable to resolve the issue if it turns out to be one that requires mediation or enforcement action.   


CONCLUSION

Parking issues can quickly turn great neighbors and neighborhoods into a war zone of Hatfield and McCoys.  Please be considerate of one another when parking your vehicles.  Consider getting to know your neighbors and speaking with them when a problem arises.  The Police Department is surprised how many times they respond to a problem and find out that the people involved have never talked despite the fact that they live right across the street from each other. 

Whatever the case, the Brisbane Police Department is here to help.  If you do call them regarding a problem you can be assured they will do everything they can to resolve the problem. With the parking the way it is in town, they ask for your patience in dealing with these issues.

Active Threat Presentation

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With more and more incidents of workplace shootings having taken place in recent months, the Brisbane Police Department saw a need to ensure that the businesses in Brisbane were properly equipped with the information and knowledge of what to do, if ever an active threat should take place at their places of business.  Officer Sevilla gave the presentation (see Part I and Part II), which was held at the Radisson on Monday, October 24th.  More than 50 employees attended the presentation, with agency representatives saying how good of an idea it was to host such an event.  The 7 Mile House, who sponsored the event along with the Radisson, even brought lumpia, fried zuchini, chicken strips, and small donuts and coffee for all.

Thank you to the Brisbane Police Department, Officer Sevilla for making the presentation to the businesses, as well as Sergeant Garcia and Officer Nelson for also helping provide the business community with great knowledge and education about this important topic area. 

Grandparents Targeted in Scam

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Over the past several months the Police Department has been hearing reports of the re-emergence of a telephone scam first seen in 2008 called the "Grandparent Scam."  This scam specifically targets grandparents where they receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or even a nephew in need of emergency funds. 

An excerpt from a San Mateo Times article dated 12/21/11 highlights how it works:

 "A San Mateo County man recently wired more than $20,000 to someone he thought was his grandson. The young man had called asking for help after saying he was in a car accident in Italy that left him with two black eyes and a broken nose.

The man who sent more than $20,000 over the course of eight Western Union wire transfers never called his daughter, the boy's mother, to check out the story. The grandson scammer had asked his grandfather to keep it a secret -- the news would likely upset his mom. When the grandfather finally called, he learned his real grandson hadn't been hurt and had never left the country.

In a similar case, a woman got a call from someone claiming to be her grandson with the same story of injuries and a car accident in Italy. He said he needed $2,300 to get out of the country. However, this grandparent called her son and found out the young man was in Sacramento, not Sorrento. The Sheriff's Office said wire transfers are just like bank accounts -- they can be accessed from anywhere. Scammers can say they are in Italy but don't actually have to be there to pick up the cash."

In these cases, there is no evidence, no trace of the suspects, and no way to track who received the money.  Although the crooks have not been successful here in Brisbane, the Police Department has been made aware of at least one attempt. 

The Brisbane Police Department strongly urges anyone who receives a request to wire out money to be extremely cautious.  If the caller claims to be a friend or a family member, confirm the story with someone else.  If you are unable to do so, and are still concerned that a loved one is in need of your help, feel free to contact the Police Department and they will be glad to assist you before you send any funds.  Don't take any chances - if you feel you may be the next victim in this scam, call Police Dispatch at (415) 467-1212.

Explosion Heard in Brisbane

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After several months without a similar incident, there has been another occasion where an M80 or similar-type explosive was set off. 
 
On 10/7/11 at approximately 9:30 pm, a device was set off near the entrance to Quarry Road. As with past incidents, no property damage occurred, and in this case, the incident took place over 100 feet away from any residential buildings. There does not appear to be any particular target or reason, other than to gratify the person or people involved.
 
According to Wikipedia, “M80s are a class of large firecrackers, sometimes called salutes.  The Simulator, Artillery, M80, was originally made in the early 20th century by the U.S. Military to simulate explosives or artillery fire. Later, M-80s were manufactured as fireworks".  Regardless of their original intent, these devices are considered dangerous and the Police Department considers their use or possession a serious offense.
 
Earlier in the year the Police Department received several complaints of similar explosions in Brisbane. Most of these incidents were located near the area of Visitation Ave. and Mariposa St. Although no arrests were made in these cases, aggressive patrol and contact with several people of interest resulted in no further incidents. 
 
These devices are very small despite their loud report. They can be easily concealed in a pocket or palm of the hand, and when ignited, do not go off for up to 30 seconds. This gives ample time for the person involved to walk away without notice. That’s why we need your help in our continued efforts to bring these incidents to an end. Should you be anywhere near the area when one of these events occurs, please take note of the people in the area and pass that information on to a police officer.  Click here for the Police Directory.  The officers take pride in knowing the members of our community and those that frequent the city. Any description you may be able to provide could lead to the identification of the person or people involved. 
 
As always, if you have information for the Police Department and wish to remain anonymous, you can contact them via the Web with the online Brisbane Contact Form.

BPD Press Release

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On 8/3/2011 at approximately 5:00pm, Brisbane Police Department initiated an investigation into a boating accident that occurred within its jurisdictional boundaries on the San Francisco Bay.  The accident occurred earlier today at approximately 12:10pm.  Brisbane PD was alerted of the accident by the Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies.  There was one fatality where the victim was a twenty-nine-year-old male.  Based on the initial evidence and witness statements, this appears to be the case of an unfortunate accident with no criminal element.  This investigation is on-going. 

Please direct all inquiries to Sgt. Tom Lynn at (415) 508-2181.

All Fireworks are Prohibited

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As we approach Independence Day, the Brisbane Police Department would like to remind citizens that ALL FIREWORKS ARE PROHIBITED – EVEN “SAFE AND SANE FIREWORKS” -
 

Fire Code Section 3308.1:

The possession, storage, sale, use or discharge of California State Fire Marshal approved "safe and sane" fireworks is prohibited within the City of Brisbane. (Ord. 525 § 2(part), 2007).


Please don't get caught in the act; the ticket just isn't worth it!  Thank you for helping keep Brisbane and its residents safe.

Recap of Police Outreach Event

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Last Saturday's Community Outreach Event, put on by the Brisbane Poilce Department, was a fabulous opportunity for community members of all ages to come to the Community Park and learn about the department and its various functions.  Did you know that Brisbane has a sergeant and two officers that serve on the Northern Regional San Mateo County SWAT team, which is comprised of officers from neighboring agencies in addition to our own?  Well, such is the case, and those who came got to find out more about that, as well as take a look inside the equipment the team uses, such as the "Bear" SWAT vehicle.   The event proved to be a great opportunity to get to know the officers, ask questions, and provided PLENTY of photo opportunities.  In addition to the "Bear" SWAT vehicle being on display was the PD motorcycle, patrol cars, and some of officers' equipment that the public could see, touch, and even try on!  Judging from the pictures, it's likely that it's not just the PD that can say last week's open house was a worthwhile community event to attend.

Click It or Ticket

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   Contact:         Commander Robert Meisner
05/20/2011                                                                                                                       Brisbane Police Department
                                                                                                                                            415 508-2175


One Million Californians Still Not Buckling Up


(Brisbane), Calif.
– As families across California plan for upcoming spring travel, there’s not much you can do to control the cost of filling up the gas tank, but you can avoid a costly ticket by making sure that everyone in the car wears their seat belt. Law enforcement throughout the state, including Brisbane Police will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the 2011 Click It or Ticket mobilization, May 23 – June 5.  The fines and fees for first time adult seat belt violations is a minimum of $142.  For children under 16, the fine is $445 for a first time offense.

Because nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, nighttime enforcement has become a priority of the Click It or Ticket mobilization. Nationwide, of those who died in nighttime crashes in 2009, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

“Many nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts.  Law enforcement throughout the area will be looking for seat belt violators, day and night,” said Police Chief Lisa Macias.  “Citations will be issued without warning.  It’s not just about avoiding a costly ticket; it’s about keeping the ones you care about alive. Remember to buckle up on every trip, day and night.”

California’s current seat belt use rate of 96.2 percent is at an all- time high, but that still leaves nearly one million people who are not buckling up, putting their lives at risk every time they get into the car.  The Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the state’s adult seat belt usage rate from 92.5 percent in 2005 to 96.2 percent in 2010.

“We are very proud of California’s seat belt and child safety seat use rates,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.  “However, with nearly one million motorists still not buckling up, there is much more work to do. Reaching the last four percent of motorists is crucial to reaching our goal of zero deaths.”

More than 600 permanent Click It or Ticket highway signs, which have been up since 2005, have been updated to reflect the ‘Minimum $142’ message as a reminder to motorists that failing to buckle up is costly.

Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants.  Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.  In 2009 alone, seat belts saved approximately 12,713 lives nationwide.  In California, it is estimated that 320 people who were killed in 2009 would be alive today if they had been wearing seat belts.

Brisbane PD has Zero Tolerance

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CONTACT:
Commander Robert Meisner
415 508-2175
 
  
Brisbane Police Department To Hold
‘Zero Tolerance’ Distracted Driving
Enforcement Operation
 
Brisbane, CAAs part of this month’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Brisbane Police will be offering “zero tolerance” to those texting or operating hand-held cell phones on April 4th & 5th. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279.
 
Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk. As a result, law enforcement agencies across the state, including Brisbane PD are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the 103 CHP Area Commands conducting zero tolerance enforcements. 
 
Brisbane PD is deploying traffic officers above and beyond with other regional agencies on the following dates:
 
April 14th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
April 28th from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 
“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously.” said Brisbane Police Chief Elizabeth Macias. “Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are putting officers on the road to enforce zero tolerance. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $159?”
 
Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.   In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.
 
Studies show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road.
 

Distracted Driving FAQ's

Police Community Outreach Event

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All residents are invited to come to the Community Park and meet the members of the Brisbane Police Department on Saturday, May 21st, from 11:00am - 3:00pm.  This is a great opportunity for you to see the tools used by police officers and ask questions about police work.  There will be displays and information available for traffic and child safety.

The officers will be showing their equipment, police cars, and motorcycle.  They will have members from the SWAT team, K9 Unit, and Traffic Unit.  There will also be a special section for kids to have their photo and fingerprints taken as part of a take-home child safety kit.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet and learn about the police department!

Free Car Seat Checks

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On Friday, April 15th between 9:00am - 1:00pm, the Brisbane Police Department, in coalition with Safe Kids Santa Clara and the San Mateo Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, will be offering free car seat checks at the Sierra Point Yacht Club (500 Sierra Point Parkway, Brisbane).  To get your child seat checked by a certified technician, please call Community Service Officer Morgan Roller at (415) 508-2188 ext, 554 to schedule an appointmentWe hope you can find a time that works for you to take advantage of this very important event!

Want to Report a Loud Noise?

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Neighbor playing loud music?  Hear a dog barking incessantly?  Then fill out a Service Request Form, which gets forwarded to the Police Department.  Someone will respond shortly thereafter.  If you want to help the Police Officer get to the bottom of the issue you're facing, please leave your name and indicate if you'd rather prefer to be contacted via phone or e-mail.  It will greatly help the officer help you!  Or, you can always call Police Dispatch at 415-467-1212 to report a non-emergency incident or other nuisances.

Sgt. Kath Jackson Retires

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Last Saturday, at the Sierra Point Yacht Club, the career of Sgt. Kath Jackson was celebrated in a event hosted by the Brisbane Police Officers Association.  Sgt. Jackson is pictured above with her dear friend, and boss, Chief Lisa Macias.

Sgt. Jackson's career in Brisbane started with fighting fires, then she moved to fighting bad guys. By the time is was time to retire, Sgt. Jackson had done it all at the Brisbane Police Department, including what she is best know for, working with the K9 unit.  We wish her the very best as she embarks in this next, exciting, chapter of her life!  We'll miss you, Kath!

Turning Across Double Yellow on Visitacion Ave

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The Brisbane Police department would like to pass on the following information:
Citizens and Business Owners have voiced their concerns regarding the traffic hazards of turning over the double yellow lines to get into a parking spot. We would like to remind you that making a turn over the double yellow lines into a parking spot is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21460 (a).
Exceptions to this section are pulling into driveways and private property. Drivers seen illegally turning over the double yellow lines may be cited. This situation can easily be avoided by making a legal U-Turn the next intersection unless that intersection is posted otherwise.

Please feel free to contact any member of the department if you have any questions…..

Thank you and please drive safely.

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Date: August 12, 2008

BRISBANE PD JOINS THE NATIONWIDE "DRUNK DRIVING, OVER THE LIMIT, UNDER ARREST" CAMPAIGN. Click below for the full story:
Brisbane Police DUI Crackdown


Date: May 9, 2008

BRISBANE POLICE CRACKING DOWN ON BUCKLING UP

Click It or Ticket Aims to Boost Seat Belt Use

 

The Brisbane Police Department will be aggressively enforcing the state’s occupant protection laws as part of California’s 2008 Click It or Ticket mobilization, taking place May 12-June 1. The campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help California achieve the highest seat belt use rate in the nation.  California currently has the nation’s fourth highest seat belt use rate at 94.6 percent.

 

“We want to make sure that all drivers and passengers buckle up on every ride, day and night,” said Police Chief Thomas Hitchcock.  “Our officers will be on the lookout for those who are not buckled up and for teens and children not riding properly restrained. We will not accept excuses or give warnings.  It’s Click It or Ticket.” 

 

California has a primary seat belt law which requires that every passenger in the car, including the driver, is required to wear a seat belt at all times.  If stopped and found to be in violation, law enforcement will issue citations without warning.  Tickets for first seat belt violations range from $80 to $91 for adults and $330 to $401 for children under age 16, depending on the county.

Date: February 28, 2008

CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
A series of home burglaries have been reported in the past few weeks, leading Brisbane Police to urge residents to be on the lookout for suspicious people, cars, and activity. All of these incidents involved homes where doors and windows were left unlocked, thus allowing someone to enter the home with little effort. In some of these occurrences, light, easy-to-carry items have been taken. These episodes have occurred both during daytime and nighttime hours.

Most suspects committing this type of crime are not skilled professionals, and they will take advantage of an easy target when given the opportunity. Don’t make it easy for them. Please lock your windows and doors when you are not at home and check that your windows and doors are securely locked before you go to bed at night. Remember, you are the eyes and ears of our community and we depend on you to call the police when you see or hear something that is out of the ordinary. The number to call would be Police Dispatch, by dialing 9-1-1 .

Below are some Burglary Prevention Tips worth your review:

1. Lock your doors every time you leave the house, even if it’s just for a few minutes during the day. The most popular times for residential burglaries are weekday daylight hours. In over 1/3 of burglaries, there is no forcible entry--someone forgot to lock the doors.

2. Keep garage doors closed and locked.

3. Secure sliding doors and windows. Cut a broom handle to the length of the bottom track so that the window or door will not slide open when forced. Also, drill one hole through both casings and sliding window and insert a nail or pin.

4. Mark or take photos of your property. Mark your valuables with an engraver or take photos of them. Doing this protects your property and serves as a deterrent to would-be burglars and it helps police in identifying and returning stolen property. Make a property identification list. Put warning stickers on doors and windows.

5. Purchase a burglar alarm. A home alarm system can be a very effective burglary deterrent and fit into many people's needs. Remember to test your system monthly.

7. Leave a light on. When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go on at dusk and off at your bedtime. Close bedroom drapes or blinds.

8. Use proper exterior lighting. Place a light over every door. Install double cone lights on each corner of the house, as this will also light up windows.

9. Work together with your neighbors. When you are going to be away, tell trusted neighbors and ask them to watch your property. Contact the police department and request a house check of your residence while you are gone. Have someone pick up your newspapers and mail or place a hold on these services while you are away. Tell neighbors to call police if they notice anything suspicious.

10. Contact your police department if you hear or see anything unusual by calling Police Dispatch at 911 .

By working together, we can each play a part in helping keep Brisbane the safe community it’s always been.

Date: September 13, 2007

COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Officers from the Brisbane Police Department will be at the Brisbane Community Festival at the Community Park on October 6, 2007, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Stop by and meet the officers that work in your community. Children can have their picture taken on a Brisbane Police Department motorcycle. Officers will fingerprint children at the festival and will provide your family with a free child identification kit. We will also be giving away safety tips and information, coloring books, crayons, junior police badges, and other treats. If you have any questions about the Brisbane Police Department’s participation in the Community Festival, please call Officer Dennis Weber (415) 508-2185.  See you there!  


Date: March 26, 2007

A 911 CALL FOR 911 PHONES (Original Article from 11/01/05)
The Brisbane Police Department is working with 911 Cell Phone Bank to collect used but working cell phones.  This program was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of 911 capable only cell phones to meet unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victim services agencies.  By donating your cell phone you are providing emergency communications for someone in need. 

If you are an individual or business and would like to support the 911 Cell Phone Bank program by donating your old cell phone, we will have a collection spot located in Brisbane City Hall.

The Brisbane Police Department will have the capability of giving a phone to those who need it.  These phone will be 911 accessible only and will have no other features attached.  We hope to provide the 911 accessible phones to the elderly and to victims of crime.  

If you are victim and would like to receive a 911 accessible cell phone, please contact CSO Roller at (415) 508-2188 ext. 554.


November 23, 2006

Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911
California’s annual holiday DUI crackdown held throughout the month of December is upon us.  The Brisbane Police Department calls for your participation in this life saving campaign to help deter impaired driving and remove drunk drivers from our roadways.

We are promoting the use of the 911 emergency phone number, calling on motorist to report drunk drivers.  You can expect to see messages to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911” on Caltrans Amber Alert signs, via radio advertising and in the media.  We are asking that you do your part to prevent alcohol related injuries and fatalities.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.  Provide law enforcement with the exact location, vehicle make, model and license plate number if possible.  One call could save a life!


Date: July 25, 2006

MEGAN’S LAW UPDATE
Information about registered sex offenders is now available at the Megan’s Law Internet Web Site in a total of 12 different languages.  The languages provided are: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagolog, and Vietnamese.  As a result, the Web Site better serves California’s diverse ethnic community.  The translations are available via a drop down list in the top right corner of the Web Site’s welcome page.  The welcome page is located at: http://MegansLaw.ca.gov .  Simply click on the arrow on the right side of the drop down list and select the preferred language.


Date: Novermber 18, 2005

IS PARKING A PROBLEM IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
You don’t have to spend a whole lot of time in Brisbane to realize that parking in the residential areas is limited.  Understandably, citizens take a very personal interest in the vehicles they see parked in their neighborhood and how they are parked.  As a result, the Brisbane Police Department responds to numerous complaints about “abandoned” and “illegally” parked vehicles every day.  Often these complaints end up being a matter of personal preference rather than a matter of law where the police can take legal action.  In those cases where the law does not apply, we are more than happy to attempt to mediate the problem between the parties involved.

THE FACTS
To help you determine if your parking issue is one where legal action should be taken or if mediation would be a solution, we have put together the following facts to take into consideration:

Parking in front of your residence:
Unfortunately, we have no legal or inherent right to the parking spaces in front of our homes.  Parking on city streets is available to anyone, whether or not they reside on our street or not.    

People who own several vehicles:
We realize that there are a great deal of residents that own numerous vehicles without adequate off street parking, or have chosen to use their garages or driveways for other purposes.  Although this fact is unfortunate and inconsiderate to others in the neighborhood, we have no legal authority to remove these vehicles if legally parked on a city street and driven on a regular basis.

Vehicles stored on the street:
There are two municipal codes that govern vehicles parked or stored on the street.  One allows for vehicles to be towed as abandoned after being marked as such for 72 hours.  The other allows for a vehicle to be cited if it can be determined that the vehicle has been stored on the street for more than 5 consecutive days. 

We receive numerous calls each day for “abandoned” vehicles when someone spots a vehicle that they don’t recognize.  We find that often times these vehicles are being parked there temporarily due to construction or road work in another neighborhood, or simply because parking was unavailable on an adjacent street.  In either case we make concerted efforts to locate the owner by way of a neighborhood check or by phone before taking enforcement action.

REMEDIES
Community Mediation
The Brisbane Police Department offers conflict resolution and mediation through the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC).  More information about using PCRC.

Parking Permit Program
The city offers a Residential Parking Permit Program for those citizens that want to regulate parking in their neighborhoods.  This program is initiated by the citizens in the neighborhood in which the permit program is to be put into place.

Police Intervention
The police department will respond to any and all calls for service.  If you see a vehicle that you believe to be illegally parked please call us.  Please leave your name and phone number with the dispatcher.  This allows us to contact you with any questions or to advise you of what we were able to do to resolve the problem.  We receive a lot of “anonymous” calls.  Without your name and phone number, we are unable to resolve the issue if it turns out to be one that requires mediation or enforcement action.   

CONCLUSION
Parking issues can quickly turn great neighbors and neighborhoods into a war zone of Hatfield and McCoys.  Please be considerate of one another when parking your vehicles.  Consider getting to know your neighbors and speaking with them when a problem arises.  We are surprised how many times we respond to a problem and find out that the people involved have never talked despite the fact that they live right across the street from each other. 

Whatever the case, we are here to help.  If you do call us regarding a problem you can be assured that we will do everything that we can to resolve the problem. With the parking the way it is in town, we ask for your patience in dealing with these issues.


Date: November 1, 2005

A 911 CALL FOR 911 PHONES
The Brisbane Police Department is working with 911 Cell Phone Bank to collect used but working cell phones.  This program was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of 911 capable only cell phones to meet unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victim services agencies.  By donating your cell phone you are providing emergency communications for someone in need. 

If you are an individual or business and would like to support the 911 Cell Phone Bank program by donating your old cell phone, we will have a collection spot located in Brisbane City Hall.

The Brisbane Police Department will have the capability of giving a phone to those who need it.  These phone will be 911 accessible only and will have no other features attached.  We hope to provide the 911 accessible phones to the elderly and to victims of crime.  

If you are victim and would like to receive a 911 accessible cell phone, please contact CSO Roller at (415) 508-2188 ext. 554.


Date: September 15, 2005

COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Officers from the Brisbane Police Department will be at the Brisbane Community Festival at the Community Park on October 1, 2005, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Stop by and meet the officers that work in your community. Children can have their picture taken on a Brisbane Police Department motorcycle. Officers will fingerprint children at the festival and will provide your family with a free child identification kit. We will also be giving away safety tips and information, coloring books, crayons, junior police badges, and other treats. If you have any questions about the Brisbane Police Department’s participation in the Community Festival, please call Officer Steve Bennett (415) 508-2188 extension 542.  See you there!  

 

Date: July 26, 2005

The Police are asking for your “EYES and EARS”

Over the past few months we have had an increase of minor “opportunist” crimes in the residential neighborhoods.  These crimes usually involve the theft of some loose change or misc. personal items taken from unlocked vehicles.  Recently however, it appears that this trend may have escalated to involve the theft of a resident’s handicap van.

Brisbane is without a doubt a very safe place to live and the police department is dedicated to keeping things that way.  This doesn’t mean that there aren’t those out there that want to change this.  No matter how attractive the notion is of being able to leave your doors and windows unlocked, we live in a world where these actions will be taken advantage of by people looking for this type of opportunity.

We would like to remind everyone to please lock your vehicles when unattended, and to secure your homes, even when at home.

More importantly, we ask that you keep your eyes and ears open to what’s going on in your neighborhood.  Nobody knows better than you if something looks suspicious.  If something or someone gets your attention, give us a call immediately by dialing 911.  Don’t be shy.  The police department will never criticize you for reporting what you honestly believe to be a problem or suspicious activity.  You know the saying; “Better safe than sorry.”

The police department stands behind its mott “Partnership with the Community.”  Together we can continue to keep Brisbane the great community that it is today. 

 

Date: May 11, 2005

Brisbane Police Department
SPECIAL BULLETIN
Airsoft guns/paint guns

Airsoft guns/paint guns are apparently the newest fad with our young people.  I have received several calls from concerned parents, whose children pressure them to buy these guns, “Because everyone is getting them.”  The argument is also that they are safe to shoot in backyards. 

It is illegal for anyone, adult or child to discharge them within the City Limits of Brisbane.  It is also illegal for them to be loaded while they are being carried within the city.  Finally, it is illegal for anyone under 18 to purchase the weapons or their ammunition.

We at the police department strongly urge all parents to refrain from getting their children these weapons.  We also urge anyone who has already purchased the weapons to supervise their children’s use of the weapons and to insure that any discharge is done outside of Brisbane.  We are hoping for 100% cooperation regarding these guns, but we will enforce the law.


Thank you,

Thomas R. Hitchcock
Chief of Police

 

Date:    April 29, 2005

BRISBANE POLICE TARGETS SEAT BELT VIOLATORS IN MAY AND JUNE

The Brisbane Police Department is warning vehicle drivers and passengers that officers will be issuing tickets to persons not wearing seat belts from May 16 through June 5 that includes the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.  Although officer will issue seat belt tickets anytime a violation is observed, this special enforcement period is a part of the National “Click it or Ticket” Campaign. 

While officers will be writing tickets, compliance with the law, saving lives and preventing injuries is the goal.  The 1,343 vehicle occupants killed in California crashes in 2002 who did not wear their seat belts had one thing in common:  they did not believe that it could happen to them!  Taking the few seconds to buckle a seat belt is the most effective thing a person can do to save their life.

California courts are serious when children under 16 are not properly secured in a vehicle.  If cited, drivers may receive one “point count” on their driving record, with a maximum fine for a first offence of $340, which increases to $871 for a second offence.  The maximum fine for a person 16 and older is $89 for a first offence and $191 for a second offence.  These amounts pale in comparison to the costs to society for each death or injury that could have been prevented by wearing a seat belt.

The 2004 California Seat Belt Use Survey revealed that 90.4% of vehicle occupants wear their seat belts.  That leaves 3 million people who do not buckle up on California roadways with a strong chance or receiving a seat belt ticket during the 3 week campaign.

So as the summer travel season kicks into gear, do the right thing and buckle up.  Of you don’t, it could cost you.

 

Date:  April 4, 2005

BRISBANE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECIEVES NEW MOTORCYCLE
The Brisbane Police Department received a new police motorcycle as part of the Comprehensive County Wide DUI Traffic Enforcement/Education and Seat Belt Safety Program.  The Daly City Police Department was awarded $910,000 by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to administer the grant which includes participation from 19 other police departments throughout the county.  In addition to receiving new equipment, grant participants will conduct 96 separate traffic safety operations during the next year including strike teams for seatbelt, red light, speed enforcement, and DUI Checkpoints.



Date:
December 22, 2004

Megan’s Law – Information about registered sex offenders is now available on the internet.

As a result of a new law, the Attorney General has opened a website that will provide you with access to information on more than 63,000 persons required to register in California as sex offenders. Specific home addresses are displayed on more than 33,500 offenders in the California communities; as to these persons, the site displays the last registered address reported by the offender. An additional 30,500 offenders are included on the site with listing by ZIP Code, city, and county. Information on approximately 22,000 other offenders is not included on this site, but is known to law enforcement personnel.

This website indicates that many of these registrants are currently in violation of their registration requirements. Any information you may have on these individuals should be reported to your local law enforcement.

If you conduct a search for the city of Brisbane, you see that there are 3 offenders listed.  Two of the 3 registrants are in violation of their registration requirements and have not lived in the city for over 7 years.

To access the Megan’s Law website, go to www.meganslaw.ca.gov

Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter the locator site.  After you read and agree to the disclaimer, you will be sent to a page where you can search anywhere in the state by a variety of search criteria.

Please fell free to contact a member of the department should you have any questions.

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