The Redlands Police Department recently held a ceremony to swear in nine newly hired police officers, six newly hired professional staff and eight newly promoted police officers.
The ceremony was held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Redlands Police Annex.
The Redlands Police Department will again offer a personal self-defense and safety seminar designed especially for women, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Redlands Community Center Gymnasium, featuring guest instructor professional fighter Javier “Showtime” Vazquez.
The seminar, part of the Redlands Police Department’s Street Smart program, is designed to increase participants’ level of awareness and minimize their risk of victimization.
Vazquez has fought professionally for several organizations, including World Extreme Cagefighting and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He currently teaches self defense and strike based Jiu Jitsu out of Rancho Cucamonga. Vazquez has a long history of mixed martial arts, wrestling and Jiu Jitsu. He travels all over the United States and Canada teaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu seminars and self defense. Vazquez has agreed to donate his time to teach this seminar.
The Redlands Police Department has been awarded a $155,410 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Redlands Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.
“RPD’s partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety provides our department with the resources necessary to address the traffic issues and provide the educational efforts necessary to provide safe streets in our community,” said Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia.
Redlands Police cited eight drivers during a crosswalk enforcement detail Tuesday.
Officers conducted the crosswalk detail Tuesday, Oct. 28, at three intersections – Cajon and Vine streets; Redlands Boulevard at State Street; and Redlands Boulevard at Ninth Street. Drivers were cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.
City negotiators have reached a tentative agreement with the Redlands Police Officers Association (RPOA) that would result in significant annual savings to the City. The tentative agreement must be approved by the City Council before it will take effect.
Although anticipated savings are only estimates and can be affected by a number of variables, City staff estimate savings from the agreement could be more than $436,000.
The RPOA along with the City’s negotiators drafted the agreement which will go before the City Council at the Nov. 4 meeting. A draft copy of the agreement is posted on the home page of the City’s website for the public to review.
The City of Redlands will again provide safe trick-or-treating and storytelling in Historic Downtown Redlands this Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 4 p.m.
City volunteers will be handing out candy on State Street while storytellers will read to children in Ed Hales Park, courtesy of the Frugal Frigate book store.
Redlands Police arrested two people for attempted murder in connection with a stabbing Saturday, Oct. 18, at Texonia Park. The stabbing was reported to police two days later by the victim’s family.
The stabbing occurred Saturday evening at the basketball courts at Texonia Park, at the intersection of Texas Street and Lugonia Avenue. A group had gathered there to witness a pre-arranged fight between two individuals.
The City of Redlands Development Services and Quality of Life Departments are pleased to continue the popular Movies in the Park, this week featuring Disney’s “Frankenweenie” Friday, Oct. 24, at Ed Hales Park in historic Downtown Redlands, on the corner of 5th and State streets.
This free event will begin at 6 p.m. and will include children’s craft projects and entertainment. The movie begins at dusk. Feel free to bring your own blanket and chair.
Redlands Police arrested two people Thursday in Yucaipa following a shoplifting turned armed robbery in Redlands the night before.
At about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, loss prevention officers at Kmart, 1625 W. Redlands Blvd., attempted to stop a man and a woman suspected of shoplifting from the store. As the pair got into a vehicle to leave, the male pointed a handgun at two employees before driving away in a silver Volkswagen Jetta.