Ukiah students rally for gun safety at the Courthouse
Ukiah, CA – March 24, 2018: Local students gathered with sympathetic community members at Alex Thomas Plaza, then marched down State Street to the Courthouse for a rally to end gun violence. The event coincided with over 800 marches in cities throughout all 50 states and every continent except Antarctica. The groundswell of action followed the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day.
At our meeting of March 22, the Foundation discussed how we can constructively address the growing problem of gun violence, in ways consistent with our role as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. It is not the first time the board has considered this controversial issue. With a movement sweeping the country, now the time is ripe to reopen the conversation. We have several ideas and will consult our membership before proceeding with any major new program. In the meantime, we think it’s important to maintain an open dialogue and find common ground among our diverse community.
Photo by J. Orth
Ukiah, CA – Recently it came to our attention that our contact address, email@example.com, had not been restored after the crash of our domain over a year ago. We were still getting your PayPal donations, since another email was active. But the address posted on this website did not function. Because of turnover in our board volunteer team (the Foundation has no staff), this took awhile for us to notice and repair. The good news is that firstname.lastname@example.org is now up and running again.
We at the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation offer our sincere apologies to anyone who tried and failed to reach us. Please be assured that the Foundation is alive and well, meets regularly, and is always looking for more and better ways to support our local law enforcement agencies. Our board members appreciate all of membership and donors to this organization, and we invite the community to contact us anytime.
Other ways to reach us: By voice mail at (707) 467-3661 or by mail to P.O. Box 123, Ukiah, CA 95482. Thank you, and stay tuned for more news of the Foundation!
Ukiah, CA – Cesar Mendoza is a Foundation scholarship awardee who attended Police Academy in Santa Rosa for a year-long training program starting in January 2016. On December 12, 2016, he was sworn in as an officer by Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey, with two other new officers in a ceremony at City Hall. Proud family, friends and supporters were on hand to witness the milestone event. Cesar (second from left) is bilingual and active in the local community.
Photo by J. Orth
Brooktrails, CA – January 2, 2017: To start the year off right, our website is back up and running. The blog was down for a few weeks, unfortunately, and several postings were lost. Looking ahead, we’ll make up for that with new ones as 2017 unfolds. On behalf of the foundation directors, have a happy, safe and peaceful New Year! Stay tuned for more news of the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation.
Redwood Valley, CA – April 24, 2016: The Mendocino Public Safety Foundation’s annual meeting was held at the beautiful Barra Event Center. Foundation directors, friends and supporters gathered for a barbecue and presentation by Sheriff Allman and some of his deputies. A K-9 officer retirement ceremony was held for these brave canines who have served so well. Many thanks to all for supporting our law enforcement community. Some images of the day:
Blog Editor’s note: This was re-posted February 20, 2017 to replace the post that was lost when our site was down for awhile.
Ukiah, CA – April 15, 2016: Mendocino Public Safety Foundation’s latest Annual Report is out. At our board meeting of March 17, everyone pitched in and stuffed envelopes for mailing to the membership. Have you received yours? Highlights include updates on scholarships to local young people aspiring to be peace officers in Mendocino County; the latest K-9 to join local forces; and a Foundation financial report. Continue for a quick link to View pdf report now.
Some of our volunteers at work preparing mail:
Ukiah, CA – March 5, 2016: Mendocino Public Safety Foundation’s annual meeting will be held Sunday, April 24, 1 to 3pm at Barra Event Center, 7051 North State Street in Redwood Valley.
Please join us and Sheriff Tom Allman for lunch and a K-9 retirement ceremony. Hot dogs and hamburgers (vegetarian will be offered). Tickets are available at the door and a donation of $15 a person or $35 per family is requested.
We look forward to seeing you at this fun event in a beautiful setting. Thanks for your support!
Ukiah, CA – January 12, 2016:
Cesar Mendoza of Ukiah started classes today at Santa Rosa Junior College police academy. At the Foundation’s December 17 meeting, the Board received Cesar’s request with a personal interview and a strong endorsement from Chief Dewey. Financial support was unanimously approved, in expectation that he will graduate from the one-year program and join the Ukiah Police Department.
Cesar is a well-known local athlete who is fluent in English and Spanish. He works during the day at Home Depot and goes to police academy in the evenings. Ukiah’s population is approximately 40 percent Spanish speaking, and the police department has about 20 percent bilingual staff, so Cesar will be a welcome asset when he completes his training.
Photo: Cesar Mendoza in his cadet uniform
Ukiah, CA – December 17, 2015:
At its regular meeting, the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation considered a grant request from the Fort Bragg Police Department to restart its K9 program, which had expired with the retirement of the only officer who had handled their canine (K9) and run the program.
After a presentation by Chief Fabian Lizarraga and Lieutenant Charles Gilchrist, the Foundation board unanimously approved a grant of $11,500 to start up the K9 program. A source and dog and have identified, with training for its handler included in the cost.
“We currently have three highly motivated, well trained Police Officers who are already attending training with the Sheriff’s Office to lay the ground work for selecting a future K9 handler,” wrote Lt. Gilchrist in a letter to the Foundation. “We would like to purchase a dual-purpose K9 trained in protection and narcotics detection. A K9 of this nature would be a force multiplier available to use in a myriad of situations. It would also be trained to be kid and people friendly when attending community or school events.”
It has been proven that the presence of a police dog, serving as a K9 officer, can help protect other officers and the public, prevent a situation from escalating into violence, and depending on their training may detect dangerous or illicit substances such as bombs or narcotics.
Photo courtesy of Fort Bragg Police Department
Ukiah, CA – December 5, 2015: Damien Angel took the oath at the Sheriff’s training center in a group swearing-in ceremony, after graduating from the extended Police Academy program. The Foundation paid for the final two months of his year-long program, enabling him to complete the training.
Sheriff Tom Allman stood by as badges were pinned to the newly sworn officers.
Photos by Sherry Glavich