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DUI Checkpoint
The Delano Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, April 30, 2010 from 6:00 pm until 2:00 am. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the streets, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members, of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers and encourage sober driving.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Delano Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those persons who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep the roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Traffic Safety Administration.

Indecent Exposure
On 3-22-2010, at about 1027 hours, Officers from the Delano Police Department were dispatched to 800 Browning Road, Cesar Chavez High School, to investigate an indecent exposure report. After the initial investigation, it was found that probable cause existed to arrests 58 year old substitute teacher Matthew Davis. Mr. Davis was charged with Indecent Exposure, Lewd and Lascivious Acts and Child Endangerment. The investigation is on going. The case number is DG10-01597. The bail is set at $1,050,000.00.

Attempted Kidnapping
On February 9, 2010 at 1050 hours Officers from the Delano Police Department were dispatched to the parking lot of 1122 Jefferson Street in regards to a possible attempted kidnapping. When Officers arrived they contacted the victim. She stated that on this date and time she was in the parking lot, attempting to load her baby into her vehicle. The victim stated that at this time she was accosted by a male subject. The suspect grabbed the victim on her buttock and attempted to force her to leave the area against her will. The victim resisted and the suspect fled. The victim was able to obtain a license plate on the suspect vehicle. Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle within minutes of the original incident and Officers were able to locate the suspect. He was positively identified by the victim. The suspect was arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexual battery. The suspect is identified as Juan Ramirez Ceron, 33 years old of Delano. Detectives were summoned to the scene and took over the investigation.

Vehicle Versus Pedestrian

On Thursday, January 18, 2010, at about 1820 hours the Delano Police Department received a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian injury collision on Cecil Avenue at Oxford Street. Delano Police Patrol Officers and Delano Police Detectives responded to investigate the incident. It was determined that a black Nissan Titan was driving eastbound on Cecil Avenue and collided into a pedestrian at Cecil Avenue and Oxford Street. The pedestrian, Sabino Renteria who is 65 years of age, sustained moderate to sever injuries as a result of the collision. Mr. Renteria was transported to the Delano Regional Medical center for evaluation and treatment then was later transported to Kern Medical Center for additional treatment. Mr. Renteria sustained multiple abrasions, lacerations, broken bones and internal bleeding as a result of the collision.

DUI Checkpoint
The Delano Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, January 30, 2010, from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.
All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Delano Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon
On 1/23/10 at 2154 hours, Officer from the Delano Police Department, Patrol Division were dispatched to the area of 805 Main Street, in regards to a disturbance. It was reported that there was a fight with several subjects involved. When Officers arrived they contacted several subjects who appeared to be victims. The victims has been stabbed and cut with broken bottles. Two of the victims were transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment. After a lengthy investigation four suspects have been arrested. All found suspects live in the Delano area. Arrested are identified as Luis Reyes, Jorge Rodriguez, Gaspar Calixtro, and Alejandro Anastacio. All four suspects were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem and fighting in public. The identity of the victim is being withheld.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon
On 1/12/10 at 1650 hours, Officers from the Delano Police Department, Patrol Division were dispatched to the area of 11th and Norwalk in regards to a disturbance. It was reported that one person involved in the fight had been stabbed. When Officers arrived they contacted the victim. He had been stabbed several times in the chest and back. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. After a lengthy investigation, four suspects have been arrested. One of the four was a juvenile, the other three were all adults. All four suspects live in the Delano area. The three adults are identified as Victor Garcia, Jose Morales and jose Sanchez. All four suspects were charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and involvement in a street gang. The identity of the victim is being withheld.

L.A.W. Publications Representative
A L.A.W. Publications Representative, Garth Inglis will be in Delano during the week of January 4th through January 8th. He will be contacting businesses within Delano for participation in our drug and alcohol abuse materials program. Should any calls or messages be received due to his presence, please forward them to CSO Eddie Aguil, 720-2278.
The service that L.A.W. Publications provides to this community, through the generous support of our local businesses, is noteworthy. Through the funds provided by our local businesses, we are able to provide a wide variety of information to our community, especially to our youth, that we might not otherwise be able to provide. The Chief of Police and the staff of the Delano Police Department would like to thank you in advance for your participation in this most worthy program.

Information Wanted in Pioneer Gas Station Shooting
The Delano Police Department, Detectives Division, is asking for the public's help in this case. on 9/26/09 at approximately 7:00 pm a shooting occurred at the Pioneer Gas Station, located in the 1000 block of Garzoli Avenue in the City of Delano. After recovering the surveillance footage of the incident two people are wanted for questioning. An unidentified male and female seen in the store at or near the time of the shooting. If anyone in the public has information regarding this incident or can help identify the male or female shown in the photos is encouraged to call the Delano Police Department Hotline at (661) 721-3369. Any information obtained will be kept confidential.

Delano Police Launch Programs to Combat DUI Deaths
The Delano Police Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for a year-long anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways. New enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $61,607 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to Delano. The Delano Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education.

"The Delano Police Department takes drunk driving and all alcohol related offenses seriously," Chief Mark DeRosia Stated. "We will be vigilant in our enforcement of these, and all other offenses, to ensure our community is as safe as possible. Being a good citizen also means that you are responsible. Drinking and driving is not a responsible act, and those who are caught doing just that will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows."

The special DUI Enforcement and Awareness grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. This will be done through the use of DUI/driver's license checkpoints, warrant searches and stakeouts for repeat DUI offenders, saturation patrols, and court stings targeting DUI offenders with suspended or revoked driver licenses who get behind the wheel after leaving court.

Drunk driving is on of America's deadliest crimes. In 2008, over 11,700 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

"Last year in California 1,029 died in alcohol impaired crashes, a 9 percent reduction in deaths from 2007," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. "This grant will help keep that trend going by getting drunk drivers off the roadways of Delano, making it safer for everyone."

New this year is the addition of 4 special Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations. Motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise in California, increasing 175 percent statewide in the lase decade, from 204 killed in 1998 to 560 killed in 2008.

Delano Police Officers will be conducting specialized enforcement efforts throughout the course of the next year. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcycles. Officers will be cracking down on traffic violations made by motorcyclists, and other vehicle drivers, that result in far too may motorcycle collisions, injuries and deaths.

Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Gunshot Victim

On 9/25/09 at approximately 0119 hours, Officers of the Delano Police Department were dispatched to 2042 Girard Street in regards to a victim of a gunshot. When officers arrived they discovered that the victim, later identified as Eric Flores of 1934 11th Avenue, Delano, CA had indeed been shot. The victim was pronounced dead the the scene. The Kern County Coroner's Office detectives of Delano Police Department Detective division were summoned. After the victim's next of kin was notified the victim's identity was released. The investigation continues, additional information will be released at a later time.

Murder-Suicide

On 8/21/2009, at about 0515 hours, Officers of the Delano Police Department responded to the 400 block of dt Avenue, in regards to a possible shooting. Upon arrival, Officers discovered Merced Rodriguez 24, Lorena Gonzalez 30, and Delia Gonzalez who were all victims of gun shot wounds. Merced and Lorena were pronounced dead at the scene. The incident was the result of a domestic dispute, between Merced and his estranged wife Lorena. Delia Gonzalez was treated and released for moderate injuries she suffered as a result of the gunshot wound. A handgun was recovered at the scene and the case is under investigation, to ascertain the nature of the dispute. Witness confirmed Merced was the shooter in this incident, who shot Lorena (his wife) and Delia (sister to Lorena), and then shot himself. Merced and Lorena have 3 children in common.

Officer Involved Shooting
On 7/7/2209, at about 0015 hours Officers of the Delano Police Department were dispatched to the 1100 block of Oxford Street, in regards to a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers began to search the residence for possible intruders and located an unknown male on the property. The male did not comply with the officers orders and a struggle with the officers ensued. During the course of the altercation, one of the officers discharged his weapon fatally wounding the male contacted on the property. The case is currently under investigation by the Delano Police Department, and the Kern County District Attorney's office. The Officer involved, Jose Mejia is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The name of the individual shot in the incident is not being released until the family has been notified.

Notice to Interested Parties
Commercial Vehicle Parking
The Chief of Police will be conducting a public workshop regarding commercial vehicle parking within the City. The workshop will take place Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 1:00 pm at the Delano City Council Chambers. Citizens who are concerned about commercial vehicle parking within the City, or any commercial vehicle owner/operators, are encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss your concerns. For further information regarding this meeting, please contact Community Service Officer Eddie Aguil at (661) 720-2278.

Press Release
In order to remind citizens not to drink and drive over the Labor Day Holiday, the Delano Police Department will be conducting a "Sobriety Checkpoint," during the evening hours on Friday, August 29th, 2008, weather permitting from the hours 1800-2400. Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see informational signs advising them of the impending checkpoint ahead. Once stopped by an officer, motorists will be detained for a few moments while the purpose of the chickpoint is explained, and drivers license's are checked. If traffic volume permits, all vehicles will be screened. If traffic volume is too heavy or congested, vehicles to be screened will be selected by a pre-set standard, such as every other vehicle, or every third vehicle, etc. This is to assure objectivity. All drivers that are found to be unlicensed will be cited and their vehicle will be impounded. Please Don't Drink and Drive.

Press Release
On 7/19/2008, Salvador Gandarilla (19) was shot and killed in an apparent gang related drive-by shooting at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Jefferson Street, in the City of Delano. On 8/1/2008, Officers from the Delano Police Department S.W.A.T. team and Officers from the Patrol Division served three search warrants from individuals responsible for the homicide. Arrested were Juan Prado (21) and a juvenile Hispanic male (17). Seized during the execution of the search warrants were numerous weapons, narctoics for sales and gang paraphernalia. For futher information, contact Sgt. Donald Flores (661) 721-3387.

Press Release
On 7/19/2008, at about 0012 hours, officers of the Delano Police Department, responded to the area of 17th Avenue and Jefferson Street in regards to a call of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located the subjects that were the victims of the shooting. Carlos Rodriguez, Luis Celaye, and Salvador Gandarilla. All three had been shot with a large caliber rifle. Gandarilla suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The case is under investigation. For further information, contact Sgt. Donald Flores at (661) 721-3387.

Tobacco Sales To Be Enforced
Beginning January 1, 2009, the City of Delano will begin stricter enforcement of tobacco sale within the City. On June 2, 2008, the City Council adopted Chapter 6.64 of the Delano Municipal Code, entitled, Tobacco Retailer's Permit. The new ordinance requires businesses who sell tobacco products within the City of Delano, to have a permit issued by the City, attend training regarding tobacco sales, and established youth decoy programs. This ordinace is aimed at reducing illegal sales of tobacco products to our youth, and to promote a healthier Delano. The Police Department will provide training and informational meeting for businesses within the City that sell or plan to sell tobacco products. Information regarding the dates, times, and locations of these training sessions and informational meeting will be forthcoming.

Click It or Ticket

The Delano Police Department has joined the Click It or Ticket campaign. In our attempt to make the streets of Delano safer, we will continue to enforce the seatbelt law. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 57% of those killed in auto accidents were not wearing their seatbelts. Seatbelts can protect you and your loved ones in case of an accident. Please remember to to buckle your seatbelt and drive safely.

Delano Railroad Crossings
This is an important message from the Delano Police Department. All railroad crossing arms within the City of Delano are malfunctioning and are in the down position. The railroad is attempting to resolve this matter, however, we do not have an estimated time when these malfunctions will be corrected. All motorists are reminded that attempting to cross railroad tracks when the warning arms are down is illegal, and very unsafe. Motorists are urged to use alternate routes of travel to traverse the city. Some alternate routes to traverse the west side of the city would be to take southbound High Street to Woollomes, or the Cecil Avenue exit from southbound Highway 99. Motorists should expect delays and stop and go traffic at intersections near railroad crossings within the city. Please drive safely and defensively. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Back by Popular Demand
Do you have junk such as dismantled / non-operable vehicles, refrigerators, stoves, etc., that you would like removed from your property? If so, did you know that Louie's Tow Company will come pick up your items at no cost to you?
The Delano Police Department made an inquiry to the area tow companies who would be willing to provide this service to the residents of Delano. You can call Louie's Towing at 725-1369 or 330-0822 to arrange for the pick up of your items.

Drive-by Shooting
On 4/25/08, at about 1925 hours, Officers were dispatched to the area of Garces Highway and Lexington St., in regard to a victim of a gun shot. Upon arrival, Officers contacted the victim, Leonardo Mendoza D.O.B. 11/03/87. Mendoza was driving a vehicle westbound on Garces Highway from Lexington Street.
It was at this time, 2 Hispanic Male Adults, drove up besides them in a four door passenger car, white in color. The passenger in this vehicle pulled out a black handgun and shot three to five times at the victim and vehicle. Mendoza was struck once in the neck. Mendoza was transported to Kern Medical Center and treated for his wounds. Suspects are still outstanding. The investigation continues. For further information, contact Sgt. Donald Flores at (661) 721-3387.

City of Delano Annouces Notification System
The City of Delano is pleased to announce the launching of the Connect-CTY service, our new city-to-resident notification system. With this service, city leaders can send personalized voice messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information about time-sensitive or common-interest issues such as emergencies and local community matters. The Connect-CTY service will be used to supplement our current communication plans and augment public safety/first responder services.

In the near future, you will be able to access the Connect-CTY database from your home computer, or through a computer placed at the Delano Police Department lobby, to make changes to how you would like to receive notifications. In about two weeks, you may log on to and click the link, "Connect-CTY". You may then update or add information as needed.

Please accept our invitation to participate in this great service. We know that your personal information is important, and rest assured that we will not share it with anyone. If you have NOT already received a test phone call from us, or you would like to provide additional contact information, click the Connect-CTY image to sign up. While every effort will be made to notify all persons utilizing the system, the City of Delano can not be responsible for announcements that do not receive all identified parties.

New False Alarm Fees to Begin January 1, 2008
Effective January 1, 2008, the fees associated with false alarms will increase. Alarm owners/lessees are encouraged to ensure their alarm systems are in proper working order. The Delano Police Department responded to 2,320 alarms calls for service over the last 12 months. In investigating these alarm calls, the Police Department determined that 1,509 of these alarm calls were false alarms, meaning we were not able to determine a cause for the alarm. False alarms take officers away from patrol activities, traffic enforcement, and could cause a delay in responding to your call for assistance. Beginning January 1, 2008, when officers respond on alarm calls and determine the alarm is false, the alarm owner/lessee will be left a notice. The first false alarm response during any calendar year is free. For a complete fee schedule you may obtain a copy of the alarm ordinance at the Delano Police Department, or you may view the ordinance at the Delano Police Department website.

Alarm owners/lessees are required to obtain an alarm permit from the Delano Police Department. These permits are free. For more information, please contact the Delano Police Department at (661) 721-3377.

TreasureTreasure Patrol
Attention boys and girls of Delano! Be on the lookout for the Delano Police Department. If you are seen within the city limits of Delano being polite to other people, using crosswalks, wearing a helmet while riding your bike, or behaving in any other good manner the Delano Police Department will reward you with a prize from their Treasure Patrol Chest. Inside each chest is an assortment of toys, prizes, and goodies. We encourage you to stay safe and keep up the good work. For those businesses who would like to donate prizes to be placed in our Treasure Patrol “Pirate’s Chest,” please call CSO Eddie Aguil at (661) 721-3377 ext. 278.

DUI Checkpoint
In order to remind citizens not to drink and drive over the holidays, the Delano Police Department will be conducting a "Sobriety and Drivers License Checkpoint," during the evening hours on Saturday, July 5th, 2008, weather permitting from the hours of 1800-2400. Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see informational signs advising them of the impending checkpoint ahead. Once stopped by an officer, motorists will be detained for a few moments while the purpose of the checkpoint is explained, and driver's licenses are checked. If traffic volume permits, all vehicles will be screened. If traffic volume is too heavy or congested, vehicles to be screened will be selected by a pre-set standard, such as every other vehicle, or every third vehicle, etc. This is to assure objectivity. All drivers that are found to be unlicensed will be cited and their vehicle impounded. Please Don't Drink and Drive.

Stabbing
5/3/08, at about 1900 hours, Jason Cuibal was the victim of a stabbing in the 1400 block of Dover Street in the City of Delano. Cuibal was stabbed in the right arm, near the triceps area. The suspect was described as white male adult, riding a chrome BMX type bicycle. The suspect was last seen rding the bicycle North on Dover Street, towards Cecil Avenue. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Delano Police Department "Tip Line" at (661) 721-3369. For further information, contact Sgt. Donald Flores at (661) 721-3387.

To all Citizens of Delano and Surrounding Area
On 3/27/08, the Delano Police Department Gang Unit received information that a California Criminal Street Gang is going to be holding gang initiations in the Cities of Delano and McFarland. Prospective members are to collide their vehicles into random vehicles from behind. As the driver of the victim vehicle exits, the prospective members will open fire. This information has not been substantiated nor do we know if it is credible.

As always, the Delano Police Department is concerened with the safety of all Delano residents and therefore, we are strongly suggesting that everyone use extreme caution if they are involved in a rear end collision. If citizens are involved in a similar type vehicle collision they should drive directly to the Delano Police Department to report minor vehicle collisions until further notice or remain in the vehicle and dial 9-1-1. The Delano Police Department is located at 1022 12th Avenue.
If you have any questions please contact Detective Corporal Nicholson at (661) 721-3365.

Kidnapping
On 3-23-2008, a sixteen year old Hispanic female was abducted from the 1800 block of Norwalk St. The victim was forced into a green Ford Taurus, 4-door older model, dirty with stock wheels and hubcaps. The suspects were three hispanic males. The victim was located, by Delano Police Detectives, in the city of Earlimart, Ca.

Suspect #1
Hispanic male adult, 20-30 wearing a white tee shirt, black pants, 6', 185 lbs, black hair and brown eyes.

Suspect #2
Hispanic male adult, 20-30, wearing blue hooded sweater, faded blue uniform pants, Lug type shoes, 5'6", 135 lbs, black hair and brown eyes.

Suspect #3
Hispanic male adult, 20-30, wearing a black shirt, black gloves, and possibly khaki colored pants, he was the driver of the vehicle involved.

Any information regarding this case can be referred to:
Sgt. D. Flores
Delano Police Department
(661) 201-1367
(661) 721-3387

Fatal Vehicle VS Pedestrian
On 2-29-08, at about 1827 hours, Miguel Lopez Galvaz was hit by a vehicle traveling east bound in the 2000 block of County Line Rd., Galvaz (59 yrs) was walking in the center of the east bound lane of traffic. During the hours of darkness. The Driver of the Vehicle, Gilbert Pabro (32 yrs) was not able to see Galvaz walking in the roadway and strck him from behind. Galvaz received major injuries, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Driver of the vehicle was not injured in the collision and was released at the scene. There was no indication alcohol was involved.

Death of Delano Police Officer Jeff Nacua
It is with great sadness that the Nacua Family and the Delano Police Department report the death of Officer Jeff Nacua. Officer Nacua lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, February 23, 2008. Services for Jeff will be on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 9:00 am at the Assembly of God Church located at 2222 9th Avenue, Delano, CA. Internment will immediately (Approximately 11:00 am) follow at North Kern Cemetary at Albany Street and Garces Highway, Delano, CA.

Jeff was a 19 year veteran of the Delano Police Department and also U.S. Army Reserve. Jeff served in many capacities at the Department, and his last assignment was as a Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (DARE) Officer for 5 years. Jeff will be greatly missed.

By: Mark P. DeRosia, Chief of Police
Date: February 19, 2008
Time: 2:30 pm

News Release
On 2/1/08, at about 0230 hours, officers of the Delano Police Department responded to the 1700 block of York Street, in Delano, regarding shots being fired at a residence. Upon arrival, Officers encountered a vehicle, a 1989 Cadillac Sedan Deville, white in color, fleeing the area. Officers pursued the vehicle, which was found to be reported stolen. The vehicle pursuit concluded, when the suspect vehicle crashed and the occupants attempted to flee the area on foot. The Delano Police K-9 was deployed and three of four occupants were taken into custody. Officers were able to recover at least one weapon from the vehicle. Two of the persons taken into custody were juveniles. No one was hurt in the incident. The case is currently under investigation, and believed to be gang related. For further information contact, Commander Lynn Venables at (661) 721-3358.

Homicide
On Saturday morning, January 26, 2008 at about 5:47 AM the Delano Police Department received a 911 call reporting that there was a victim of an attack at 2314 Thomas Way. Officers went to the residence and found an elderly woman victim. The Kern County Fire Department and Delano Ambulance personnel were unable to revive the victim. The Kern County Coroner's office was notified. Charles Shults (36) of Delano was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. The Delano Police Department is continuing to investigate. Should you have any questions please call Commander L. Venables at (661) 721-3377.

Donation Made to Delano Animal Shelter Trust Fund
A fundraiser was established by Chaplain Joseph Wright and David and Glenda Miller in December of 2007. "Take a photo with a family pet and Santa," the original photo session was at the front lawn of the Delano Police Department on December 15th, 2007. This function was such a success and some people were not able to make it that a second photo session was held on December 22nd, 2007 in front of K-Mart. Both events raised a total of $1,607 in donations. Chaplain Joselph Wright and Mr. and Mrs. Miller donated the money raised to the City of Delano Animal Shelter trust fund to assist in building an exercise area for the animals.

Gun Turn-In Program Spurs Huge Success
On Saturday, January 19, 2008, beginning at 8 am the Delano Police Department began receiving weapons for the Gun Turn-In Program at the Delano Police Department. Thanks to Delano Family Motors, a sponsor of the program, a total of $20,000 in cash was given to citizens who turned in weapons. Over one hundred weapons were turned in. These weapons ranged from SKS assault rifles, hunting weapons, and various handguns. The program had to end at 1:30 pm due to the overwhelming response from our community. The Delano Police Department considers this program a great success and looks forward to conducting similar programs in the future. Through the vision of community leaders and law enforcement, 101 weapons were safely removed from homes. With the City of Delano's 22.3% crime reduction in 2007, removing the ability for weapons to fall into the wrong hands should prove noteworthy, and will positively impact further reductions in crime within our city.

Volunteer of the Year
On December 12, 2007, the Delano Chief of Police announced that Glenda Miller has been selected as the Delano Police Department Volunteer of the Year for the Delano Police Department.

Mrs. Miller has worked hard to ensure that the animals who come into the custody of this Department are found good homes and are cared for. Mrs. Miller works side-by-side with the Animal Control Officers on a daily basis and has accumulated over 400 hours of volunteer hours this year thus far. Generally volunteers are only asked to work 16 hours per month but Mrs. Miller has a monthly average of 48 hours per month.

Mrs. Miller's accomplishments are many, and she should be proud of them. The Delano Police Department is proud to have Mrs. Miller within our ranks and thanks her for a job well done!

News Release
The Delano Police Department received information of a possible cruelty to animal case that occurred within our City involving Mayor Pedro Rios. A complete and thorough investigation was conducted, and the results of that investigation were reviewed by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. There were no charges filed against Mr. Rios by the District Attorney’s Office, and the Delano Police Department now considers this matter closed.

The Delano Police Department takes all allegations of animal abuse seriously and vigorously investigates all complaints, and, as always, encourages citizens to report animal abuse and other criminal activity to the police department.

In other animal control matters, the Law and Justice Committee of the Kern County Grand Jury conducted a visit to the Delano Animal Control Shelter. During the Committee’s visit, no significant issues were identified by the Committee.

Santa is Coming to Town!
On Saturday, December 15th Santa will be in Delano and he wants to meet your pet. He will be at the parking lot behind the Delano Police Department (1022 12th Avenue). For a donation of $8.00 you can have your pet's photo taken with Santa. (All poceeds will benefit the Delano Animal Shelter) As Christmas approaches he can only be there from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Don't miss out.

ABC Decoy Operations

On September 14, 2007 the Delano Police Department conducted Decoy Operations between 1700 hours and 2200 hours. During the Decoy operation we contacted 14 Businesses, 5 of the Businesses, Save Mart at 1700 High Street, Lindo Michoacan Market at 1103 Glenwood Street, Mercado La Barata at 1110 Dover Place, Pioneer Family Restaurant at 11207 Garzolli Avenue, and Delano Ranch Market at 820 Main Street, sold Alcoholic Beverages to our minor Decoys. The employees at all five of the businesses were cited for B&P 25658(a) Selling alcohol to a minor.

A total of five citations were issued, there were no incidents to report.

Pedestrian Safety Detail
On August 20, 2007, the Delano Police Department conducted a Pedestrian Safety Detail. The purpose of this program was to ensure pedestrians, and drivers of motor vehicles, were obeying the law while they traverse the City. The program commenced at 12 noon and ended at 5pm. During this program, a total of 15 persons were issued citations for various vehicle code violations, which included, but not limited to, jaywalking, stop sign violations, speeding, etc. This program was funded through grant funding from the Office of Traffic Safety Management, and is designed to educate citizens on safe travel within cities. The Delano Police Department encourages our citizens to practice good safety habits not only while driving, but while walking within the City. Citizens of Delano can expect additional programs of this nature in the future.

For further information regarding this program, please contact Corporal Jonathan Musto at (661) 721-3377.

DUI Checkpoint Conducted
On August 17 and 18, 2007, Officers of the Delano Police Department conducted two separate DUI checkpoints within the city. During these checkpoints, one driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol; and, a total of 54 drivers were issued citations for violations such as seatbelt violations, no driver's license in their possession, no insurance, no vehicle registration, or other vehicle code violations. A total of 3 vehicles were towed.

These checkpoints were funded by grant funds the Department received through the Office of Traffic Safety Management. The purpose of this type of checkpoint is to help reduce drunk driving within the City. The Delano Police Department takes drunk driving seriously, and citizens can expect additional checkpoints in the future.

Pedestrian Safety Detail
On August 20, 2007, the Delano Police Department conducted a Pedestrian Safety Detail. The purpose of this program was to ensure pedestrians, and drivers of motor vehicles, were obeying the law while they traverse the City. The program commenced at 12 noon and ended at 5pm. During this program, a total of 15 persons were issued citations for various vehicle code violations, which included, but not limited to, jaywalking, stop sign violations, speeding, etc.
This program was funded through grant funding from the Office of Traffic Safety Management, and is designed to educate citizens on safe travel within cities. The Delano Police Department encourages our citizens to practice good safety habits not only while driving, but while walking within the City. Citizens of Delano can expect additional programs of this nature in the future.

For further information regarding this program, please contact Corporal Jonathan Musto at (661) 721-3377.

DUI Checkpoint Conducted
On August 17 and 18, 2007, Officers of the Delano Police Department conducted two separate DUI checkpoints within the city. During these checkpoints, one driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol; and, a total of 54 drivers were issued citations for violations such as seatbelt violations, no driver's license in their possession, no insurance, no vehicle registration, or other vehicle code violations. A total of 3 vehicles were towed.
These checkpoints were funded by grant funds the Department received through the Office of Traffic Safety Management. The purpose of this type of checkpoint is to help reduce drunk driving within the City. The Delano Police Department takes drunk driving seriously, and citizens can expect additional checkpoints in the future.

National Night Out in Delano
On Tuesday, August 7th, the Delano Police Department and the City of Delano Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored National Night Out in Delano. The event took place at Cesar Chavez Park from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The purpose of this event was for police and citizens to join forces to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood unity. Events included games for the city's youth, informational booths, arts and crafts, live music, food and drinks, and free cholesterol screenings. This year's event was a huge success with an anticipated 1,000 residents, young and old, in attendance. Many local businesses along with the Chamber of Commerce and the Police Department provided many free giveaways such as toys, brochures, candy, etc, to all in attendance. Due to the size of this event the Police Department and Chamber of Commerce believe that attendance will increase and next year the location may be changed to a larger venue within the city to accommodate a larger group. The Delano Police Department and Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all business, groups, and organizations that provided support to this year's event.

For further information contact Chief Mark DeRosia, Delano Police Department, (661) 721-3377.

DUI Checkpoints Scheduled
Delano Police Chief Mark DeRosia is warning drunk drivers and people driving without a Driver's License that there will be checkpoints set up on August 17th and 18th, 2007 within the City of Delano, between 5:30 pm and midnight. Police Officers will be looking for people Driving Under the Influence and driving without a valid Driver's License.

There will also be a similar checkpoint on September 15th, between 5:30 pm and midnight.
These checkpoints are designed to stop unsafe driving practices within the city and make the streets safer for the citizens of the City of Delano. Despite the tireless efforts of thousands of advocates and law enforcement officers alike, drunk driving continues to be one of America's deadliest crimes. This operation will be conducted in an effort to reduce the incident of injuries, death, and property damage associated with the intoxicated driver. The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to drivers in Delano to use designated drivers and not drink and drive.

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

For further information, contact:
Corporal J. Musto, Delano Police Department (661) 721-3357

Street Intervention Team Operation
On July 27th, a special enforcement detail was initiated and deployed with in the City of Delano. The multi jurisdictional SIT team, comprised of members of the Delano Police Department, Shafter Police Department, Taft Police Department, Arvin Police Department, Tehachapi Police Department, California City Police Department, Kern High School Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol, participated in the event.

The purpose of the operation was to curtail crime and arrest criminal offenders. The overall goal of the operation was to provide the citizens of Delano a safe family environment to enjoy the "Filipino Weekend," The operation was a success, lowering overall crime statistics for the weekend event. The City of Delano would like to extend its gratitude to all the agencies who participated. All of the officers from all of the agencies provided professional assistance to our community and showed the quality and dedication of their respective agencies.

Below are the statistical data and results for this event:
  • Felony arrest: 2 adult
  • Misdemeanor arrest: 5
  • Search warrants: 1
  • Arrest warrants: 3
  • Field Interviews: 13
  • Narcotics seized: 1 ½ oz.
  • No monetary assets were seized
  • Weapons seized: 1

For further information, contact:
Sgt. Donald Flores #1056 Delano Police Department (661) 721-3387
Delano Police Department confidential tip line: (661) 721-3369