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Serving the Citizens of Angels Camp

Hello to everyone out there in the community at large. It is my hope that a lot of you will take the time to read this blog, and that it becomes a useful communication tool. I appreciate the opportunity to provide the community we serve with some extra information that they may not otherwise have access to, and I hope that this blog provides an opportunity for the community to learn more about the police department and the vision that we share for serving the citizens of Angels Camp. Everyone here at the police department welcomes your ideas and input, so please feel free to share whatever suggestions, ideas or concerns that you might have.

I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you about our volunteer program here, and explain a bit about what a valuable service these folks provide for us. Right now we have three volunteers, Claudia Raznikov, Geno Bloechl, and John Flude.

On a daily basis, Monday through Friday, one or more of these folks arrive at our office and perform important tasks for the police department that help to keep us running smoothly. Some of those tasks include; delivering and picking up our mail at the post office, county offices, and other city departments, delivering reports to the district attorney’s office and other county agencies, and picking up and delivering subpoenas.

The volunteers are also involved in special community outreach programs, such as the annual Christmas gift giveaway that has become an annual event. They are also involved in other special assignments; as an example one of the volunteers is currently assisting with verifying addresses and streets in the community so that we can update our GIS maps. This mapping system is important not only for the police department, but serves to benefit other city departments as well.

In summary these people are an important and integral part of our department, and we could not operate without them. They deserve your thanks as well as ours.

Summer is winding down and it’s time for a whole new group of two wheelers and little pedestrians to be out and about on their way to school.

As these young students begin to fan out across the community on their way to school, it’s important that as drivers we remember they are out there and may not yet be fully adept at bicycle and pedestrian safety. Use extra caution when driving on known school-bound routes and when driving by a younger bike rider. Make sure to give them just a little extra room in case they are unsteady on their bike.

SLOW DOWN! Following speed laws around school zones is not just the prudent legal thing to do; it’s also a life safety measure. Especially during drop-off and pick-up times, the school zones can be extremely crowded with vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. During the first week of school there can be the added complication of new students and parents who are attempting to find the right place to drop-off or park. Give yourself the extra time necessary so that you aren’t in big hurry.

Be safe and enjoy the rest of the summer.