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Redlands Police have resolved to start the New Year with a series of foot and vehicle patrols dedicated to preventing alcohol-related problems in the downtown area.

“Maintaining a safe, welcoming downtown business district where our residents and visitors enjoy spending time is a priority for us,” said Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia. “These extra patrols are aimed to help us do just that.”

The new patrols – set for the first three Friday and Saturday nights of 2015 - will focus on preventing and responding to DUIs, public intoxication and other alcohol-related problems downtown. The patrols will provide an additional complement to party patrols, DUI checkpoints, minor decoy operations and saturation patrols Redlands Police conduct as part of the Responsible Redlands initiative.

Redlands Police Department arrested two people for driving under the influence during a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint Friday, Dec. 26.

A total of 155 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street. One driver who failed to yield for the checkpoint was stopped a few blocks away and arrested for DUI. Two drivers were also cited for driving on suspended licenses.

More than 100 local children will have a brighter holiday after Redlands Police partnered with Target, the Redlands Unified School District and community volunteers to Shop With a Cop Monday.

Police, volunteers and 104 children and their families gathered at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at the Target store, 27320 W. Lugonia Ave. for a Christmas shopping spree. Each child was paired with a volunteer and given more than a $125 shopping budget.

Redlands Police and community members raised more than $15,600 to provide the holiday shopping spree to underprivileged children. The Redlands Unified School District helped the department identify several families in need and district employees, their families and Redlands school board member Neil Waner volunteered their time to shop with the children. Other volunteers included 31st District Congressman-elect Pete Aguilar, County Supervisor James Ramos, Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia and his wife Carolyn, members of the Redlands Police Department, Citizen Volunteer Patrol and Citizen Volunteer Park Rangers units, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and County Probation Department and Redlands Human Relations Commissioners Gail Howard and Carole Coley.

The Redlands Police Department is working to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for drivers and their families. Officers will conduct a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to checking for drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol and those driving without a valid license, officers will be handing out brochures from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to motorists passing through the checkpoint.

Officer Elyzabeth Green was named the Jose Rivera Officer of the Year duringthe Redlands Police Department’s annual awards ceremony Wednesday morning at the Redlands Police Annex.

Crime Analyst Amy Varela received the William C. Brummigan Award for civilian staff. Paul Smith was named Reserve Officer of the Year and CVP Gary McCormick was named Volunteer of the Year.

Three members of the community received Chief’s Commendations in recognition of their assistance to the department and several department members also received Chief’s Commendations for work above and beyond the already high standards of the department.

The Redlands Police Department now offers an online scheduling to make appointments for property release as well as for fingerprinting for arson, narcotics or sex registrants.

Online appointment scheduling for fingerprinting and property release is available at

The Redlands Police Department will provide motor escort for more than 80 elementary school children, along with members of two local churches during the annual “Souled Out for Kids” Christmas shopping spree Thursday, Dec. 4.

Redlands Police Department Officers will be on hand at 9 a.m. as members of Pathway Church and Redlands Christian Center take a group of underprivileged children from Franklin, Lugonia and Mentone elementary schools on the $100 Christmas shopping spree at Wal-Mart.

Police arrested a 16-year-old Redlands boy following an armed robbery early Tuesday morning.

Police responded to a report of the robbery at USA Gas, 902 Orange St., at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The suspect approached the clerk and another woman who were standing outside the business, brandished a handgun and forced them inside the business. He then took money from the register before fleeing on foot north through an alley east of the business.

A potentially tragic situation ended peacefully after Redlands Police officers persuaded an armed and barricaded man to surrender Tuesday night.

Police responded to a call of a man and woman struggling for control of a gun at a home in the 1200 block of Herald Street shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. While police were still en route to the home, the caller reported the man was chasing the woman with a knife.

The Redlands Police Department recently received a $18,600 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct undercover and decoy operations targeting businesses and individuals who provide or serve alcohol to minors, businesses that overserve alcohol or provide narcotics and use of false identifications and to fund inspections and community education efforts for ABC-licensed businesses.

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