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.
An Alameda resident fatally shot a teenager after the teen broke into his home last Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The incident occurred at 10:45 a.m. on Buena Vista Avenue. Authorities identified the deceased as 19-year-old Marquez Warren of Vallejo. Alameda Police Department (APD) Lt. Hoshmand Durani said Warren broke a rear glass door to enter the home. He then forced his way into one of the bedrooms. There he was confronted by the owner of the residence, Vedder Li, an off-duty Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy.
The Alameda Police Department (APD) is investigating an alleged sexual assault that took place during a men’s water polo match between Encinal and Berkeley high schools on Oct. 11 at the Encinal Swim Center on the school’s campus.
According to reports, a Berkeley student is accused of sexually assaulting a player on the Encinal team in the pool during the match. Alameda Unified School District spokeswoman Susan Davis said there were accusations from multiple Encinal students that a player from Berkeley was behaving inappropriately in the water.
Last April, an Alameda resident involved Mayor Trish Spencer in a dispute with the Alameda Police Department (APD). Spencer contacted APD Chief Paul Rolleri, asking to set up a meeting about the incident. “I would like to discuss this ASAP,” Spencer stated in an email. Rolleri politely deferred to City Manager Jill Keimach, telling Spencer that he will share whatever he learns. Spencer had little choice but to abide by Rolleri’s decision.
On Sunday, Oct. 9, an armed robber fled an AC Transit bus on Blanding Avenue. Alameda Police Department (APD) officers arrived on scene and spotted the suspect. The robber’s timing was scarcely in his favor.
Fleet Week was underway. Not only was an East Bay Regional Parks Police helicopter flying nearby, but an Alameda County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol and a BART K-9 unit were in the area. APD set up a perimeter, and, with help from BART and APD’s K-9, conducted a thorough search.
An Oakland man died on Monday, May 9, when he succumbed to injuries he received when he was struck by a vehicle on Shore Line Drive the day prior.
Philip Byung Chan Lee, 77, was pronounced dead Monday after never regaining consciousness after the accident. The ordeal took place Sunday morning, May 8, around 11:35 a.m. on the 2200 block of Shore Line, according to police reports. Lee was attempting to cross the street on Shore Line from the beachfront toward South Shore Center when he was struck by a man driving a blue 1989
The Alameda Sun received a copy of an email that Encinal Junior and Senior High School Principal Kirsten Zazo sent to parents warning of scavenger hunts “that could involve illegal activities.” Zazo stated in her email that high school students in both Oakland and Alameda were planning these hunts to “earn points for filming themselves performing a variety of dangerous and illegal activities in different locations in the East Bay.”
Zazo also stated that the students plan to post these videos to social media.