In a time of political unrest and sanctuary uncertainty, the City hosted a Know Your Rights workshop on May 31 at Ruby Bridges Elementary School. The gathering served as an informative, albeit brief, respite for anxious immigrant families and concerned neighbors who showed up to get some answers.
Jim Franz, the Community Development and Resiliency Coordinator, organized the workshop. Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer addressed the audience. As a Latina, Spencer said that she stands in solidarity with the Hispanic community and those in fear of deportation.
The City of Alameda announced a one-day change to the Alameda Police Department’s non-emergency phone number will be taking place today. The change is due to a phone system migration in city government buildings.
Staff will be migrating the city’s aging phone system platform to a new system during the month of May. During this migration, phone service to city departments will experience a temporary service outage for up to 24 hours.
The 911 emergency line will not be affected during this migration.
The remains of two different people were retrieved from different bodies of water in and near Alameda last weekend.
The first retrieval occurred the morning of Friday, April 28, on the 1700 block of Embarcadero. Oakland Police Department (OPD) officers received a report at 8:25 a.m. that a man’s body was floating in the Oakland Estuary just off The Embarcadero.
In 1981, Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office decided it was time to celebrate and thank police dispatchers. From Anderson’s idea grew National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, a celebration that runs from April 9 to 15 this year.
The festivities began early for many dispatchers who attended the 32nd Annual Alameda County Public Safety Dispatcher Recognition Banquet last Saturday, April 8. While this was a special night for some, other dispatchers stayed behind at their respective agencies and held down the fort.
According to a recent press release from the Alameda Police Department (APD), 70 out of 78 sworn officers (90 percent of the force) completed an eight-hour training course recently. The officers acquired skills that can help them build trust and improve public and officer safety. The training focused on procedural justice, police legitimacy and implicit bias.
Shallow Waters can be viewed in its entirety online
A documentary film on one of the most painful events in Alameda history attempts to answer the question: how does a mentally ill person drown himself in a few feet of water at a crowded beach on Memorial Day? Shallow Waters: The Public Death of Raymond Zack documents the events surrounding the 2011 death of Zack, an Alameda resident.