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Sophisticated and Stupid Make Mockery of Jail

by Frank Gayaldo I promise folks, if you like a good laugh or cry, this will be worth reading in its entirety. On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors allocated $384,000 to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office to upgrade part of the fencing around the jail’s Honor Farm. The following are some excerpts from the … Continue reading

Who is Telling the Truth About Modular Jails?

By Frank Gayaldo Stockton, California has become infamous for its city bankruptcy and high crime rate. Both Sheriff candidates agree we need more jail space. The argument has come down to whether modular jail construction is a viable and affordable solution or not. Sheriff Candidate Pat Withrow believes that modular jails can help reduce site … Continue reading

Combating Auto Theft With Free Give-away

LPD Sgt. Sierra Brucia (209) 329-3481 As part of our efforts to combat increases in crime in our community the Lodi Police Department is participating in a Combat Auto Theft Program to address a recent rise in reported auto thefts. The Lodi Police Department had 349 vehicles reported stolen during 2012.  During the first quarter … Continue reading

Citizens Speak Out on Money Issues

Two resolutions were considered last night by the City Council  … adoption of a lease agreement with Lodi Health for operation of the Hutchins Day Care Program (9 minutes) and the distribution of money tied to the Community Development Block Grant Program (95 minutes).  Both members of the community and Council voiced their concerns on … Continue reading

Lodi Police Department … What Is Your Emergency?

I attended a meeting recently where a member of the public said they called the police twice to report a disturbance and no one showed up to handle the call. It sounded far-fetched and after a few follow-up questions we figured out it was another department, not LPD. That discussion led me to look into … Continue reading

Law Enforcement & Active Shooters

Cleveland Elementary School…Columbine High School… Virginia Tech University…Tucson, Arizona…Utoya, Norway…Fort Hood, Texas… Aurora, Colorado…Sandy Hook Elementary School. Too many places, too many times, too many victims. The list of mass shootings continues to grow. The unspeakable violence is becoming too common. The Lodi Police Department has been training to deal with an “active shooter” since … Continue reading

DUI / Drivers License Checkpoint

What makes for a successful DUI Checkpoint?  According to Lt. Chris Jacobson, the perfect checkpoint nets zero impaired drivers, zero tows, and zero injuries.  By those standards, last night’s checkpoint on Cherokee Lane near Poplar St. was a success. Sgt. David Griffin directed the operation and made sure all present knew their responsibilities and performed … Continue reading

Gang Reduction/Intervention Forum Video

The Lodi Improvement Committee hosted a presentation at the Carnegie Forum last evening by Lodi Chief of Police Mark Helms.  The Chief outlined his approach to combating the crime and violence associated with local gang activity.  An audio (only) and video recording of that gang reduction/intervention/prevention program, followed by questions and comments from the Committee, … Continue reading

Galt Welcomes Frank Gayaldo

Friends, family and business associates welcome Lodi’s Frank Gayaldo to his new position as Executive Director of Galt’s Chamber of Commerce.  “I plan on dedicating my energy into helping Galt’s commerce for the next four years, with an eye toward local economic development and helping local businesses achieve their goals,” he said. “Galt has excellent … Continue reading

Multi-Agency Enforcement Operations

by Lieutenant Chris Piombo – Lodi Police Department We’ve seen the stories on the evening news. It starts out with the anchor explaining that several law enforcement agencies took part in a day long, week long, months long operation where certain segments of the criminal society were targeted. The newscaster is explaining what happened while … Continue reading

Operation Safe Summer

Late today approximately 90 Officers in teams of 10 each from various law enforcements agencies (Lodi, Galt, and Stockton Police, San Joaquin County Sheriff, Probation, along with state Parole and CDCR conducted searches of 220 residences belonging to subjects on parole/probation or having outstanding warrants. Those found in violation were arrested. According to Corporal Dale … Continue reading

Peace Officer Memorial Week

by Lt. Chris Piombo – Lodi Police Department George R. Turner, S.P.D. 1854…Henry R. Baker, S.P.D. 1894…Benjamin Ingram, T.P.D. 1915…Frank Blondin, T.P.D. 1915… The eighteen names are reverently etched in gold on the tall dark piece of stone, a memorial that stands quietly just outside the front door of the Stockton Police Department. The names … Continue reading

“There Goes a Police Car”

by Lt. Chris Piombo – Lodi Police Department Our kids used to love watching the “There Goes a Police Car” VHS tape when they were little. Yes,VHS. The video was part of a series where “Dave” and “Becky” showed youngsters the ins and outs of a particular vehicle like a plane or train. I see … Continue reading

Community Oriented Policing

By Lieutenant Chris Piombo Lodi Police Department The most common law enforcement theory over the last 30 years has been the community oriented policing model.  This model is designed to create partnerships between the police and the community to effectively combat crime and solve public safety issues.  Some examples include neighborhood watch groups, police volunteer … Continue reading

Thanks and Recognition by Lodi PD

The Lodi Police Department held its annual awards ceremony last week.  Department employees, volunteers, and members of the community were recognized for their contributions this past year or over the course of their careers. But there are many more people out there who rarely, if ever, receive thanks for what they do for our department … Continue reading

Lodi Homeless Forum – March 2012

Last night the Lodi Improvement Committee held its second in a series of public meetings dedicated to helping the homeless population, estimated to be about 100 persons.   The following video captured the discussion which featured presentations by local benefit organizations and concerned citizens.  The first “Homeless Forum” was held last November and can be seen … Continue reading

New Laws for 2012

By Lodi Police Detective Eric Bradley New laws normally come in to effect every January and this year is no different. I will get right down to probably the most controversial law change this year, the “Open Carry” law. In California prior to 2012 it was legal for someone who could lawfully own a firearm … Continue reading

2012 Sister City Crab Feed

The Sister City Committee of Lodi, California hosted 185 hungry supporters last night at its annual crab feed fund raiser.  From the smiling faces it appears all had a good time enjoying the fine food and friendly association.  The event included a Silent Auction and Raffle. The Sister City Committee welcomes your support.   If … Continue reading

The “Other” Lodi Police Departments

It’s a little known fact but there are five municipalities named Lodi in the United States. There is the village of Lodi, population 326, by the town of Lodi in upstate New York near the Finger Lakes. The area features wineries, the Hotel Lodi, and Lodi Point state park. They even have a Lodi Fire … Continue reading

Traffic Signs

by Lieutenant Chris Piombo – Lodi Police Department Traffic signs. We barely notice them as they quietly seek to influence our driving conduct. They’re shaped like triangles, rectangles, squares, circles, or diamonds. Sort of like those weird marshmallow things in Frosted Lucky Charms. There are some misconceptions out there about the traffic signs in town. … Continue reading

Urban Shield Training Competition

by Sergeant Sierra Brucia – Lodi Police Department The Lodi Police Department is constantly looking for ways to obtain additional training for its officers.  In these tough economic times it is not as easy to find this type of training as it used to be.  Fortunately for our department we were selected to participate in … Continue reading

Police Stories – Lodi Style

By Detective Eric Bradley – Lodi Police Department As police officers, we handle dozens of situations each day.  Most are “routine” but we occasionally find ourselves in humorous circumstances, often at our own expense.  I sat down with veteran officers Lieutenant Fernando Martinez and Corporal Roger Butterfield to have them provide me with a story … Continue reading

Theft-Related Crimes

by Lt. Chris Piombo – Lodi Police Department My wife went to her exercise class last Monday but found the gym was closed for the day as they repaired the damage from a burglary during the night. An hour later she tried to take our van to the mechanic but found he was not going … Continue reading

Anatomy of a DUI Checkpoint

by Keith Colgan – Editor of LODI360 Extending well past my bed time with temperatures dipping into the low 40’s, last night I experienced what it was like to attend a DUI Checkpoint in Lodi. These are my observations. First, the logistics were extreme. Sgt. Chris Jacobson’s first concern was safety for both his people … Continue reading

Lodi PD Joins the Social Media Age

by Sierra Brucia – Lodi PD When the captain asked if I would be interested in taking over our Facebook page, excitement wasn’t my first emotion. I don’t have a Facebook account. I don’t tweet, and I can barely answer my emails.  So I did what anybody else would do in my position.  I told … Continue reading

Pilfered Poultry

“Behind the Badge” by Lt. Chris Piombo – Lodi Police Department The story you’re about to read is true. Nothing has been changed to protect the innocent. Doug Chinn and I were on downtown bicycle patrol right before Christmas many years ago when a dispatcher exclaimed over the radio, “Theft of frozen turkeys just occurred … Continue reading

Combating Gang Crime – Part 2

“Behind the Badge” Lodi Police Step It Up and Take a Fresh Look by Mark Helms – Chief of Police Lodi is an amazing city where residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life.  We all want to keep it that way. In Part 1, I explained why suppressing gangs is important for the entire community, … Continue reading

Lodi-Shanghai Export Summit

The Lodi-Shanghai Wine and Agriculture Export Summit was held at the Lodi Chamber of Commerce today. The chief organizer of the event was Tie Zhang, President of the US-China Business & Culture Association, which is a bilateral U.S. – China trade organization with offices in Sacramento, CA and Shanghai, China.  The eight person delegation from … Continue reading

Combating Gang Crime – Part 1

Lodi Police Step It Up and Take a Fresh Look by Mark Helms – Chief of Police Time flies.  More than three months have passed since I became Lodi’s Police Chief, leaving the Stockton Police Department after 26 years.  As I prepared for my first day of work, I paid close attention to several issues … Continue reading

Protect Yourself Against Car Burglars

by Lt. Chris Piombo – Lodi Police Department I realize the subject of auto burglaries probably doesn’t do much for you as you hunch over your bowl of bran flakes or stack of flapjacks, or both, depending on your age and cholesterol level. But for those of us who have been a victim of this … Continue reading

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