Thursday, January 2, 2014 12:00 am
The black ballistic helmet sits atop a cabinet in my office. It has “POLICE” in white letters on the front and “29” (my badge number) on the back. There are autographs from current and former Lodi Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics officers on it — team members who served with me during my nine years as the SWAT commander. They presented me with the helmet when I rotated off the unit in August after 20 years as a SWAT team member.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:00 am
Dec. 9 came and went without much fanfare, with most people focused on things like Christmas shopping, the 49ers, and the bitter cold. To a lot of folks it was a regular Monday.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 4:25 pm
Remember when you were about 6 years old, standing in the middle of the backyard with your hands over your eyes, counting down from 10 for a game of hide and seek? The tense scramble while the rest of the kids jockey for the best spot behind a tree or in a shed. That momentary panic when the entire yard seems still and silent. The triumph of spying a shoelace or ballcap that gives the game away.
Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:00 am
Since I moved from Lodi to Pittsburgh five years ago, I miss my home state every day. But never do I miss Lodi more than during winter's darkest days. With a foot of snow in my yard, the Christmas and New Year festivities ended and the lopsided BCS Championship Bowl game a boring Alabama rout over outmatched Notre Dame, there's not much to do around Pittsburgh except patiently wait for Spring Training.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 12:40 pm
A 19-year-old Lodi man and an 18-year-old from Manteca were arrested Saturday night on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and carrying an imitation firearm, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.
Friday, June 22, 2012 12:00 am
Lodi firefighter Jim McClain jumped and hissed, “Ow!” as his wife Helena began pinning his captain’s badge on his shirt at the department’s promotion ceremony Thursday.
Monday, June 4, 2012 12:00 am
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.
Monday, May 7, 2012 12:00 am
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 18 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.
Monday, April 30, 2012 12:00 am
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 the parents of older teenagers nodding their heads right now.
Monday, April 16, 2012 12:00 am
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.
Monday, March 26, 2012 12:00 am
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.
Monday, March 12, 2012 12:00 am
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.
Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:00 am
Lodi’s fire department was struggling on a worn shoestring budget with more enthusiasm than dollars in the beginning.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:00 am
Here is a sampling of calls to the Lodi Police Department from Friday through Monday:
Monday, February 20, 2012 12:00 am
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 Department. But no
Lodi Police Department. That neck of the woods is patrolled by the
Seneca County Sheriff’s Department.
Monday, February 6, 2012 12:00 am
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.
Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:00 am
The following is commentary on the Jan. 16 Behind the Badge
piece titled "Rise in burglaries a sign of prison realignment
failing," by Chris Piombo.
Monday, January 30, 2012 12:00 am
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 Urban Shield in the Bay Area a few months ago.
Monday, January 23, 2012 12:00 am
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 or two.
Friday, January 20, 2012 3:05 am
Executives are very important people. This particular breed of
worker participates in power meetings and power lunches and spends
much of his / her time in a corner office with lots of windows.
Monday, January 16, 2012 12:00 am
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 to open for business because
someone tunneled through a wall and burglarized his shop. A few
days later a neighbor came up to my door and wanted to know what he
could do about the guy who broke into four cars on the street near
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:00 am
Property Officer Teri King starts her day a bit differently than
most. While the police department moves rapidly around her, Teri
spends her day methodically inventorying and processing thousands
of pieces of evidence and property stored at the Lodi Police
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 12:00 am
When the captain asked if I would be interested in taking over
our Facebook page, excitement wasn’t my first emotion.
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