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The City of Redlands Recreation Division and Redlands Police Department along with several local businesses are collecting toys for the 17th Annual Children’s Christmas Block Party. This year’s toy drive is critically important. Grant funding has been limited for the past several years and the toy drive will be a major contributor to the toys/gifts given to the children this year. In previous years, the toy drives have matched the gifts purchased through grant funding allowing more than 1,000 gifts/toys to be donated to our community, local shelters and families in crisis.

Redlands Police arrested two suspects following an armed robbery at a jewelry store Wednesday. A third suspect is still outstanding.

Police responded to a silent alarm at the Tekin Brothers Jewelers, 9980 Alabama St., Suite B, at about noon Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The Redlands Police Department invites students from fourth through 12th grades to tailgate with RPD officers at the University of Redlands on Saturday, Nov. 15, and then enjoy the football game as the Bulldogs play Occidental College.

Snacks and games will be provided outside the University of Redlands Ted Runner Stadium at Brockton and University beginning at 11 a.m. The University of Redlands-Occidental game begins at 1 p.m.

The City of Redlands invites residents to apply for an opening on the Traffic and Parking Commission. Deadline for filing applications is Nov. 26. Members are appointed by the City Council.

Residents interested in applying for the non-salaried position may request application forms from the City Manager's Office, City Hall, 35 Cajon St., Suite 200, by phone at 798-7510, or download an application on-line at

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.

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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.

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