9-11 Letter

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So often we commemorate the day or memorialize an overwhelming mass tragedy, but lose sight of the individuals, the moments in time, the instances that change our world. The below letter, written to a 9/11 survivor, to the police officer who saved her that day, could easily go out to any Officer in the field today. In instances each and every day, they give of themselves selflessly, without hesitation, in the face of fear. Alongside members from each of the various emergency services - they reac...
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National Police Week honored 135 fallen

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In 2016, the profession of law enforcement, and our nation, lost 135 police officers in the line of duty. This national figure is the highest it has been since 2001, with nearly half of these brave men and women having been killed in ambush-style attacks; with the remaining being a result of various other incidents, including traffic-related accidents and suffering heart attacks on the job.   This May marks the 55th year, in which thousands of police officers, law enforcement professionals,...
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55th National Police Week

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May 2017 marks the 55th year by which our nation will pay tribute to the men and women of our local, state and federal peace officers. National Police Week is an annual event, conceived from “Police Day”, which was created in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, designating May 15 as a time in which our nation would pause, gather, and most of all, to remember, those brave men and women who gave their final breath for the sake of justice.   In the years and decades to ...
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Fairfield Local Businesses we need your help

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Once a year we reach out to the businesses in our local community asking you for your support.  Annually we look at how we can increase our impact in our community, and we continually strive to outdo our previous year. Your support allows us to make a bigger impact in the community we both share. Here is your chance to join the Fairfield POA's community outreach mission. Join us by donating today, your contribution goes toward making our community stronger.   Donate By Clicking Here Yo...
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We Need Your Support Now More than Ever

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We proudly protect our communities, children, and families, despite the difficult year the brave men and women of Law Enforcement has had to face. It is not an easy job, but we wear our badge with a humble pride and seek to make the community we share a safer place to live and work. That’s why I am asking for your help. At the time you receive this letter there have been 138 line of duty deaths of Law Enforcement officers across the US, and officer's killed by gun fire is up 72% from last year. ...
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Honoring American Heroes, Past and Present

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Law enforcement officers are people like you and me who want to make a difference. Serving the communities that we all share is just a part of what these humble heroes do. Standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves is just in their blood. Despite the dangers, they proudly put on their uniforms and badges every day, for us.  National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day has become a day for us to unite as a community and to honor those who have given their lives to protect us, our fam...
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Calling all Local Businesses

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Small businesses are a major contributor to the strength of our local economy.  Literally, small businesses are the backbone of our local community and we appreciate your investment and hard work to make our community a great place to live and work. According to the 2010 Census, 99.7% of U.S. employer firms are small businesses.  Almost half of the nation's private sector workforce is employed by small business,  there is nothing small about these facts. That is why we recognize a...
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The State of Policing in America Reported by MSNBC

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Most of us get up in the morning. go about our days and never think about our local law enforcement officers, unless we hear another negative story on the news.  There is a perception that there are a lot of bad cops out there.  However the reality is that 99.1% of Law Enforcement officers are NOT accused of any misconduct of any kind.    In 2015, 965 civilians were fatally shot by officers, this kind of situation gets the media’s attention, understandably. However, it is imp...
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#GivingTuesday

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December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.  This is the time of year when we think about all that we are thankful for this holiday season.  We are thankful for each and every person out there backing the Fairfield POA. Throughout the year we work hard to give back to our local community in many ways. To view the organizations we sponsor and how we give back visit our "Charities We Support" page.   If you would like to show your support, please visit the donate...
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Getting their attention: The heart behind the badge

Getting their attention: The heart behind the badge
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Parker wrote an eye opening letter depicting his 31 years on the job.  The letter shares Parker’s love of the job and the hardships a career in law enforcement can bring.   Parker says, “I have buried my friends and seen their children grieve, feeling lost and alone, yet surrounded by a sea of uniforms. I have seen the extreme cruelty that one human being can inflict on another and the incredible kindness of everyday people toward the less fortun...
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Shooting competition honors fallen, supports academy

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By Sally Schilling,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,  @reportersal  on Twitter POSTED: 10/17/15, 9:37 PM PDT  |  UPDATED: 2 DAYS AGO Fairfield Police K9 Officer John Divine waited at the ready as a shooting competition judge checked his timer and asked him if he understood the drill he was about to perform. After Divine said yes, his drill began. He grabbed a handgun and began shooting through a crack between two wooden barriers. He then ducked to the left of the barri...
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No Easy Cure for PTSD

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David J. Morris, a former Marine infantry officer, has suffered with PTSD for years. In a fascinating first-hand account of his experience, which appears on The New York Times's website , he writes eloquently about his negative experiences with one VA's most popular treatments for PTSD, prolonged exposure therapy. After one month of treatment, Morris began to have problems. If you have members suffering from PTSD following a traumatic incident, they might find this article interesting. You can a...
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Purple Heart awarded to family of Sgt. Art Koch

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FAIRFIELD — A man who was all heart was awarded the law enforcement Purple Heart on Saturday, 30 years after he was killed in the line of duty. About 150 people gathered at the Art Koch Range & Training Facility to honor Sgt. Art Koch, a five-year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department who was shot responding to a disturbance call on Berkeley Way. The 34-year-old father of three was finishing his last shift as a patrol officer on July 28, 1984. He lay wounded by his car for about 20 minu...
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Fire, Police departments bring awareness to domestic violence

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FAIRFIELD — The second annual Dunk Domestic Violence basketball game between Fairfield police and firefighters Saturday at the Armijo High School Gym drew enthusiastic supporters. Proceeds from the game will go to support SafeQuest Solano, an organization that helps provide education, prevention, intervention and advocacy for victims of violence and sexual assault. "Last year Chief Walt Tibbett came to us with this idea to help bring awareness to domestic violence," Toni Dumont, executive direct...
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New Solano jail a high-tech marvel

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County is the proud owner of a new, $89-million, high-tech, sprawling building constructed for a population that won't want to use it. The county in recent weeks put finishing touches on the 365-bed Stanton Correctional Facility on Clay Bank Road. Inmates could begin moving into the jail this month. "It's new and shiny – but it's maximum-security and all that that entails," Sheriff Thomas Ferrara said. Solano County conducted a ribbon-cutting for the jail June 6, with all sort...
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New K-9 joins sheriff's ranks

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Superman's canine cohort Krypto travelled to Earth from the otherworldly Krypton. Now the super dog's namesake has found his way to the floors of the Solano County jail. Krypto, an energetic border collie and black labrador mix, is a brand-new member of the Solano County Sheriff's K-9 Unit. Just one year old, he's responsible for patrolling the jails in Solano County with his handler, correctional officer Russel Lopez. Lopez and Krypto were certified two weeks ago to search areas of the jail for...
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Mayor’s crime panel finds pockets of despair in Fairfield

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FAIRFIELD — Fairfield has neighborhood “pockets of despair” – and most juvenile and adult offenders were raised by single mothers, says the Mayor’s Commission on Crime report, which calls for measures that include reviving once-vigorous summer sports programs in the city. Almost every incarcerated person the commission spoke with came from a home “without a strong male,” said Jack Batson, chairman of the commission. Offenders who grew up in two-parent families are rare, Batson said. He...
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Vacaville's Local 39 workers strike following pay cut imposition

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Dozens of city of Vacaville employees went on strike early Wednesday in protest of a pay cut imposed on them the night before by the city. Members of Stationary Engineers - Local 39 walked picket lines at the Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant, City Hall, the city Corporation Yard and the city Transit Center from the early morning hours till about 5 p.m. Meanwhile, services like City Coach bus rides took a hit, running at one-hour instead of 30-minute intervals after Teamsters drivers opted to ...
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A seven-hour standoff

A seven-hour standoff between the Fairfield Police Department SWAT Team and an armed man who allegedly threatened his family members before barricading himself inside a local house Tuesday afternoon ended with the man's arrest, officials confirmed. Gordon Johnson, 26, of Fairfield, was taken into custody after SWAT officers forced their way inside the home, located in the 1100 block of Cormorant Court, around 8:30 p.m., according to Fairfield police Capt. Joe Allio. The standoff began around 1:3...
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Members of the Fairfield Police Officers Association are bolstering the budget of the Matt Garcia Youth Center/Police Activities League by more than $100,000

The donation comes during tough economic times and with the looming specter of budget cuts. Members of the Fairfield POA will be on hand Tuesday at the Fairfield City Council meeting to present two ceremonial checks symbolizing the success of the association’s two fundraising events last year that raised $111,679. The association’s biggest success was from its third annual fundraising dinner held in August at Jelly Belly. More than 150 attendees paid $50 for the event, which featured tri-ti...
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Fairfield police snipers play key role for SWAT team

One shot with intent to kill. The Fairfield Police Department has four snipers. Part of their job is to kill the bad guys before the bad guy can kill police or innocent people. Almost every time the 20-member Special Weapons and Tactics team rolls out, it uses two or four specialists -- the snipers whose job it is to observe, stay hidden and -- if need be -- kill. Last year the department's SWAT team was activated 18 times. So far in 2011 it has not been called into action. 'We are the eyes on t...
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Four Fairfield police officers did not hesitate Wednesday morning to try to save a man they discovered hanging from a tree.

A 911 dispatcher received a call at 8:22 a.m. reporting that a man was hanging from a tree near a drainage ditch near the corner of Jefferson and Ohio streets. Sgt. John Dugan and Officers Eric Aagard, Adam Brunie and Bob Wilkie got to the drainage ditch and spotted the apparent suicide victim on the other side of the ditch, which was filled waist-high with waste water described by their boss as “fetid.”  They did not hesitate, jumped in, crossed the ditch, cut the rope and removed the...
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Fairfield officer named California Police Activities League's top volunteer

Kevin Carella can't manage to walk through the gym at the Matt Garcia Youth Center in Fairfield without calling for a basketball and taking a shot.That's just how the police officer rolls. If the ball hits nothing but net, Carella can talk a little trash. If the shot misses, he can blame it on his age. Carella has become a fixture at the center at 250 Travis Blvd., donating countless hours to do what he can to create a safe environment for teens. His efforts were recently acknowledged when the C...
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Fairfield Police make contract concessions

FAIRFIELD - Police officers have reached a deal that would result in at least nine layoffs this year, officials announced Monday. Members of the Fairfield Police Officers' Association voted in favor of the package, which would forego scheduled raises and increase the employees' share of their health care. It could also lead to at least nine layoffs from the sworn ranks of officers, sergeants and lieutenants, said Human Resources Director Barbara Dillon. 'This is a combination agreement...
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Fairfields newest K-9 - Ajax

The Fairfield Police Department recently welcomed a new addition to its K-9 unit, dedicated to taking a bite out of crime. Officer Frank Piro and his four-legged partner, Ajax, a 1 1/2-year-old German shepherd, took to the streets just over a month ago and, according to the program's more seasoned veterans, are well on their way to a promising run. Piro joined the Fairfield department in 2003 after spending two years with the Mill Valley Police Department. Piro, who has spent time on both the de...
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Officer of the year salutes Public Safety Academy

FAIRFIELD — One of Cade Beckwith’s favorite places is a kind of time machine at 230 Atlantic Ave. in Fairfield. There, said the Fairfield police officer, you hear students at the Public Safety Academy – part of the Fairfield-Suisun School District – say “Yes, sir” and show a deep interest in academics. “The kids want to learn,” Beckwith said. “They’re involved.” His volunteer work at the academy, which he describes as going back 50 or 60 years because of the students’ respectful demeanor, was am...
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Ex con tries to flee

FAIRFIELD -10-25-11 — A parolee’s latest failed attempt to flee from Fairfield police ended with his arrest and the minor injury of one of the officers who arrested him. Darrell L. Dickerson, 32, is very familiar to Fairfield cops. He has been arrested by several of them again and again for more than a decade.  For police, a Dickerson arrest usually entails more than slapping on a pair of handcuffs, according to police reports and court records. Tuesday morning was no exception. Someone cal...
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Economic realities mire teen centers future

FAIRFIELD - Add kids of the local teen center to the list of people awaiting a stronger real estate market. As the local Police Activities League passes the 18-month mark at the Matt Garcia Youth Center, community response has been strong. The police union has raised tens of thousands of dollars through summer salmon barbecues and charity races and local companies have supplied everything from colorful decorations to electronic equipment, said Dawn Shepherd, treasurer for the PAL board of direct...
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Community Mourns loss of CHP officer from Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — 9-6-12  A crowd of friends, family and fellow law enforcement officers stood solemnly under a bright-red sky Wednesday evening, candles in their hands, to mourn the loss of California Highway Patrol officer Kenyon Youngstrom. Hundreds from his neighborhood near Ridgeview Park, and throughout the Bay Area, came to remember the life of 37-year-old Youngstrom, a resident of Fairfield, a husband and a father of four children. Youngstrom had been in critical condition at John Mu...
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Fairfield to cut hours, maybe cops

The budget ax keeps swinging in Fairfield, with an upcoming reduction in office hours at city facilities and a deal made by police officers that will lessen, but not guarantee, departmental layoffs, officials announced this week. At the heart of the matter is a gaping $15 million deficit that apparently is nowhere close to being bridged. Despite the city's best efforts, including slashing the general fund by 24 percent, or $18 million, over the past five years, and lopping 108 full-time position...
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Awards were doled out and accolades given

Awards were doled out and accolades given Thursday afternoon as members of the Fairfield Police Department gathered for the annual Employee Recognition Reception to honor the hard work of both department members and citizens and thank them for a job well done. In addition to the department's command staff, officers and their families, the ceremony, held at Willow Hall, also drew a few community members, fire personnel, city staff and Assemblyman Jim Frazier, who shook hands and helped hand out a...
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Sgt. Mike Mitchell of the Fairfield Police Department retires

FAIRFIELD - 10-28-11 — He was shot at only once and in the past 30 years he never had to fire his gun at anybody. This week, after three decades of wearing a badge, Sgt. Mike Mitchell of the Fairfield Police Department retired. Getting shot at was so long ago that Mitchell can’t remember precisely when it occurred. “I was walking into Allan Witt Park where a rap concert was taking place and someone started firing an automatic weapons,” he said. “I’m not sure it was directed at me but when a bull...
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Fairfield Police Officer Amanda Graham had a close call

FAIRFIELD - 4-13-13- Fairfield Police Officer Amanda Graham had a close call Thursday shortly before midnight. She made a routing traffic stop on North Texas Street for a car that had an alleged equipment violation. The two people in the car, the driver, Jessica Pantoja, and her companion, Edgar Torres, both 26, sat in the car while Graham asked them questions. Graham saw that Torres was acting nervously and he was evasive about giving Graham his name, according to a press release. As Graham sto...
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Internet and Website Safety Tips

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Internet and Website Safety Tips: Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.  Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target: -Do not share things such as email ad...
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Crime Prevention

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Simple Crime Prevention: Anyone can be a target of even the simplest of crimes. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your everyday life: -Always be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Take time to observe what people are wearing and what they look like in case you have to describe it later to someone.  -Do not leave any items in your car that may be seen as valuable to someone else. Do not give thieves the opportunity. Put valuables in the trunk or cover them so they are not...
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Police find weapons

FAIRFIELD -4-27-13- A Fairfield police officer who noticed a man acting suspiciously Friday led to arrests in connection to weapons and drugs. A member of the Special Operations Team saw something odd about a man at the 7-Eleven store on the 200 block of Tabor Avenue and approached him. According to Sgt. Josh Jacobsen, two men in the vehicle fled the lot before contact was made. A traffic stop was then made near the corner of Tipton and Flint ways. The officer noticed two large knives in the veh...
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Dubious license plate

FAIRFIELD - 4-13-13- A Fairfield police officer saw a Honda Civic with a dubious license plate Thursday night near North Texas Street and Oak Street. The officer tried to pull over the Honda but the driver sped off, spurring a high-speed chase through Fairfield that led to Highway 12 and then to Suisun City where the Honda was found abandoned on Stamper Circle near Walters Road. Police searched the backyards of homes in the area and Officer Frank Piro and his K-9 partner Ajax found Enrique ...
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“Night of Honor.”

FAIRFIELD — Some of Solano County’s best, most hard-working and accomplished law enforcement members were recognized for their work Friday at the 21st annual Solano County Law Enforcement Night hosted by local Rotary clubs. A slew of officers, deputies, airmen as well as a special agent and an investigator were recognized in front of a full room at the Hilton Garden Inn during the “Night of Honor.” Many of the honorees’ colleagues as well as local politicians Rep. John Garamendi, Sen. Lois Wolk ...
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Police Officers Raise Money for James Capoot Family Trust

Members of the Fairfield Police Officers Association along with other local police associations and local businesses joined together to raise money for the Officer Jim Capoot Family Trust. Police Officers Jimmie Williams and Cade Beckwith designed, printed and sold t-shirts to raise money for Officer Capoot’s family. They received further assistance from Fairfield Police Officer Cleo Mayoral, FPD Dispatcher Stephani Cannon, Vacaville Police Officers Association members Erwin Ramirez and Nichole ...
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Police Sergeant to serve as parade grand marshall

FAIRFIELD — Police Sgt. Mike Mitchell on July 4 will take time out from supervising traffic control for the downtown Independence Day parade to be an honored parade participant. Mitchell typically watches the proceedings from his command center at Kentucky and Webster streets, with traffic issues on his mind. This year, he’ll be the parade’s grand marshal and will travel the course in a car waving at the crowds. The Fairfield Main Street Association, which sponsors the parade, recently announced...
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Special Olympics Torch Run

Eric Silva just couldn’t contain his excitement as he carried the Special Olympics torch toward the waiting California Highway Patrol officers. The Special Olympics swimmer announced his arrival with a loud whoop that brought cheers from the CHP runner who would carry the torch on the next leg of its journey to UC Davis this weekend. Silva was accompanied by a half-dozen Fairfield police runners and fellow Special Olympics athletes Brittnay Palmer and Lauren Palmer. The team had just run the len...
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