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Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats
When you say the words “first responders” who comes to mind? Police, Fireman, EMT? But what about teachers? It is no longer adequate to place all of the responsibility for our children’s safety in the hands of our teachers during an attack and not take the time to properly train them to accomplish that task. Nor is it acceptable to simply tell them, "Lock your classroom door, turn out the lights, hide in a corner and pray that the attacker doesn’t pick your room." Today, the nation...

VPOA Awards College Scholarships
The Vallejo Police Officers’ Association is pleased to announce the award of five college scholarships for 2014. After reviewing all of the scholarship applications, five students were selected as this year’s award recipients. The scholarships are in the names of our fallen officers who made the ultimate sacrifice to the City of Vallejo and its citizens. We remember these officers by naming the scholarships after Officers Calvin Thacker, William Easson Jr., Jeff Azuar, and Jim Capoot....

Viewpoints: Stockton’s bankruptcy and pension reform
By Bob Deis Special to The Bee Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 - 12:00 am The city of Stockton’s bankruptcy case is winding down, but the tantalizing issue of whether the city can or should use bankruptcy court to further reduce pensions that people have earned is still capturing media fascination. I thought I’d share an informed perspective and try to clarify this issue within the rubric of municipal bankruptcy. First, I’d like to clear the air: CalPERS costs did not push Stockto...

Vallejo police Community Services Section to hold free monthly workshop
The Vallejo Police Department Community Services Section will hold a free monthly workshop for residents. The Citizen Workshop will feature various guest speakers on an array of subjects. They are set from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the CSS headquarters, 2 Florida St. They are free, but have a limit of 30 people. The next workshop on Aug. 6 is a hands-on class on self defense led by Sgt. Joe Iocano. Those interested should wear comfortable clothing to move in. ...

Vallejo Elks Lodge contributes to K-9 fund
The Vallejo Police Department received a $2,000 donation Wednesday to be added to the pool of funds to purchase a new police dog The donation was made by the Vallejo Elks Lodge through a grant from the Elks National Foundation, which is a fraternal order and charitable foundation. "We feel like in our community there's too much negative, and we want to bring more positive," past president Ed Malone said. "We'd like to boost up the police department." Malone and another member wrote the $2...

Vallejo police officer recalls years in foster care system
In high school, Jodi Brown had a choice: Stay with her abusive uncle and brother, or return to the foster care system in which she had already spent many years. For Brown, the decision was easy, and she picked up the phone and called her social worker to ask for a placement in a group home. "I told her I'd rather be there than be with my family," Brown said Saturday during a fundraising luncheon for Foster Greatness, a Vallejo-based program aimed at building support structures around vulner...

Vallejo police launch project to utilize private surveillance cameras
The Vallejo Police Department launched a new program Wednesday called Project V-Cam, which they say could give them better access to private surveillance cameras to help solve crimes. The project asks residents and businesses with private cameras to partner with police and register their cameras with the department. "Our goal with that is to catalog and know where all the privately owned cameras are throughout Vallejo," said Captain James O'Connell, of the Vallejo Police Department. Vall...