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Claremont PD news: $90,000 traffic grant, identity theft alert and more

The Claremont Police Department has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long enforcement and public awareness program.

The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to injuries and fatalities.

“Traffic safety continues to be a priority for our agency and for the community. We are excited to partner with the Office of Traffic Safety, in our ongoing effort to improve traffic safety, specifically reducing the number of injury and fatal crashes,” said Claremont Police Chief Shelly Vander Veen.

The grant from OTS will fund various education and enforcement activities for the 2020 federal fiscal year, which is now through September 30, 2020.

Project include:

• DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols to take suspected alcohol/drug-impaired drivers and those unlicensed or with a revoked/suspended license off the road.

• Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted, impaired and teen driving, and bicycle/pedestrian safety.

• Patrols at intersections with increased incidents of pedestrian and bike collisions.

• Checking for seat belt and child safety seat compliance.

• Motorcycle safety operations in areas with high rider volume and where higher rate of motorcycle crashes occur.

• Speeding, red light and stop sign enforcement.

• Warrant service operations targeting alcohol/drug related offenders.

• Compilation of DUI “hot sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders.

• Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehendsuspected impaired drivers.

Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Claremont officers receive training at Museum of Tolerance

The state’s Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) requires all sworn officers receive cultural diversity training every five years.

In addition to this training, all entry-level law enforcement trainees receive 16 hours of cultural diversity training in the basic academy. To fulfill the requirement, all Claremont sworn officers attended training at the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance over the last month.

The “Tools for Tolerance for Law Enforcement” training helps law enforcement professionals explore the evolving role police in a rapidly changing, increasingly diverse and complex society, as reported in the city manager’s report.

The training included a facilitated tour of the museum, facilitated discussions, a workshop, and a Holocaust survivor presentation.

Identity theft alert, warning to residents

The police department received numerous calls from residents in the surrounding area regarding a telephone call they had received from a suspect who identified himself as “Detective Mike Snyder” from the Claremont PD.

During the call, the suspect claimed that there were outstanding warrants issued for the person receiving the phone call and they were instructed to obtain gift cards and mail them out to avoid being arrested.

As a reminder to residents, no police department will ever ask a person to provide gift cards (iTunes,  Google Play, Green Dot, etc.) to pay for police service, including to bail someone out of jail or for a warrant.