Category Archives: News & Announcements

Patriots Day BBQ – Heroes Appreciation Luncheon

Ukiah, CA – September 5, 2018: Please join us Tuesday, September 11 from 11am to 2pm at the Forks Ranch Market, 3152 North State Street, at Lake Mendocino Drive in Ukiah, as we welcome and thank All First Responders and Military Personnel – firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs, veterans, and SAR volunteers in the wake of California’s largest wildfire.

Lunch is free of charge, courtesy of Johnny & Gloria Keyes and the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation. More information: (707) 463-4085. Download poster

Save the Date: September 11 barbecue for First Responders

Ukiah, CA – For Patriots Day, Sheriff Allman and the Public Safety Foundation are planning a barbecue to appreciate all of the courageous responders to the Mendocino wildfires. A generous donor has enabled the Foundation to purchase an industrial, tow-behind gas grill for disaster response needs. We will help break it in with a little celebration together, so mark your calendars. The event will take place outside the Ranch Market, at North State Street and Lake Mendocino Drive in Ukiah. More details will be posted.

Locals join nationwide March For Our Lives

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

Apologies and email problem corrected!

Ukiah, CA – Recently it came to our attention that our contact address,, 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 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!

A Look Back: Successful 2016 Academy Graduate

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


2017 New Year’s greetings

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.

2016 Foundation Annual Meeting at Barra

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.

March 2016 Annual Report released

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:

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Save the date: Annual Meeting – April 24, 2016

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!


Another Cadet Funded to Attend Academy

DSC00091-Mendoza-cropd-adjd-smUkiah, 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