Pink Patch Project

Breast Cancer Awareness month is an annual international health campaign which raises awareness of breast cancer. Many members of our department, their families, and friends continue to be affected by breast cancer so again this year, our department will participate in the Pink Patch Project. This project is a collaborative effort between law enforcement and all public service agencies to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer.

During the month of October, Sheriff Gore has authorized uniformed personnel to wear pink Sheriff's patches to honor those who have fought - and will fight - this life-changing disease.

These pink patches are available for sale not only to department personnel, but to the public as well. All proceeds from the sale of the patches will be donated to Breast Cancer Research on behalf of the men and women of the Sheriff's Department. Although during the month of October, we will focus our efforts on breast cancer treatment and research; we support the fight against all types of cancer, and the people who are affected by the devastation it can cause. Combatting all forms of cancer is an important mission and it is hoped that one cure for cancer will lead to a cure for all cancers. Few of us are untouched by cancer.

Sheriff Gore advised, “I’m proud of our department and our Deputy Sheriff’s Association, who are sponsoring and managing this effort. With our Sheriff’s Department pink patches available for purchase; - I hope that at its conclusion, we can provide a generous check, which will support research efforts to develop cures for all cancers.”

About 40,920 women in the United States are expected to die in 2018 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. While women under the age of 50 have experienced larger decreases, in 2017, it was estimated that approximately 30% of newly-diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers. (Jan 9, 2018 U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics | Breastcancer.org)

Sheriff's pink patches may be purchased for $10.00 each through the Deputy Sheriff's Association, 13881 Danielson Street, in Poway (858-486-9009).

Thanks for your support!




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School Bus Safety

Transporting students to and from school safely is a foremost priority for school transportation directors, school bus drivers, crossing guards and others involved in getting students to school. School children travel to and from their schools by a variety of modes including school buses, private vehicles, carpools, public and private transportation providers, bicycles and on foot.

School buses are the safest mode of transportation to and from school in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 450,000 public school buses travel approximately 4.3 billion miles to transport 23.5 million children to and from school and school-related activities. We want to remind drivers of some ‘rules of the road’ to ensure children are safe in their travels to and from school.

While on the road and passing through a school zone, drivers must pay attention to the speed limit. The speed limit in a school zone is 25 mph. Always be mindful children can be in the area - even when school is not in session.

When behind a school bus, drivers must remain stopped as long as the red lights flash or the stop arm is out. The only exception to this is where drivers are approaching the bus from the opposite direction on a road with at least two lanes in each direction. When overtaking a school bus, you may not pass when red or amber warning lights are flashing.



Seat Belt Safety for Children

Children are our future, and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is supporting efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to help parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible every time they get in the car.


Child Passenger Safety week is from Sept. 23-29. During this time, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians to show parents and caregivers how to install car seats correctly, provide guidance on choosing the right car seat for a child, and what to do if the seat is subject to a safety recall.

“Using car seats properly that are age and size-appropriate is the best way to keep your children safe,” explains Sheriff Bill Gore. “Car seats matter. They save lives when used the right way.”

In passenger cars, car seats reduce the risk of an infant being killed in a crash by 71 percent, and toddlers by 54 percent. While many children are buckled in properly in the correct car seats for their age and size, more than half (59 percent) are not.

Sadly, car crashes are the leading cause of death for children. In 2016, 35 percent of children under 13 killed in crashes were not restrained in car seats, booster seats or with seat belts.

Even if you think your child’s car seat is installed correctly, it doesn’t hurt to get it checked. Car seats can be tricky, and we are here to help. Here are some tips for parents and caregivers so they can be sure your child is the safest when they are traveling by car:

Parents and caregivers can find a car seat education program in their area here or on the NHTSA website under “car seat inspection”.





Bicycle Safety

Did you know ... Bicycles in the roadway are considered vehicles?

Bicyclists ages 10 and older should bicycle like vehicle, on the street, in the same direction as other traffic and follow the same rules.

Sidewalks were designed for pedestrians. If you bicycle on the sidewalk, bicycle slowly and give pedestrians the right of way.

Follow the rules for pedestrians - for example:

By following these guidelines, everyone can enjoy a safe back-to-school experience. Enjoy!

Take Me Home

Offered by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

What is Take Me Home?

The Take Me Home Program is a regional photo-based information system hosted by the Sheriff’s Department and accessible by all law enforcement in San Diego. It is designed to assist law enforcement during contacts with members of the community who have disabilities such as, but not limited to autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome, deafness and any other developmental disabilities.

The program promotes communication and gives law enforcement access to critical information about the individual enrolled. The Take Me Home Program can provide law enforcement with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, and photographs of the individual, as well as known routines, favorite attractions, or special needs of the individual if they go missing.

This critical data can assist law enforcement in communicating with, locating a residence for, or handling an emergency involving an individual with special needs.

Additionally, this program utilizes photo recognition technology. If an individual is located and unable to communicate, a photograph of the individual can be taken in the field and checked against those in the Take Me Home Program.

Why Have a Program?

Alzheimer’s San Diego estimates that six out of ten people with dementia will wander.

The organization, ‘Autism Speaks’ states that wandering by children with autism is common.

Missing person-at-risk type of calls to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will frequently involve a person with a cognitive or developmental disorder. The sooner first responders have important information about the missing person, the sooner the search can begin. This valuable information minimizes response time and maximizes search efforts.

Who is eligible?

The registry has been developed with the intent to serve all members of our community who may find their communication abilities challenged or ineffective when interacting with law enforcement.

Can I submit my form and photo on-line?

Yes - When you register online you will be directed to submit a photo. There will also be directions on the type of photo to submit. Passport style photos taken from the shoulders and with a clear background are sufficient.

As soon as I send the registration, will the information be immediately available in case police response is required?

Not immediately. The registration will need to be reviewed by program staff prior to being made available to law enforcement. The delay should be minimal.

Who has access to my loved one’s profile?

Only law enforcement employees who require this information in the performance of their duties will have access to the information. There are strict regulations with respect to accessing and disseminating information.

Can I update my profile more than every year if there are changes? How do I do that?

You may, however, only information that has a significant impact on a law enforcement response will be necessary. Some examples would include a change in appearance (updated photograph), address, school, care facility, or emergency contact. If you have registered online you can access your account via your username and password to make the changes and re-submit.

Will I be notified when the annual renewal is required?

You will be notified annually via the email address you provided during the registration process. This annual update will be sent on the date of birth of the person entered.

After my child/dependent adult is registered, and if there is an incident, do I need to do something to notify the police?

Yes, please let the dispatcher know that the individual is registered in the Take Me Home program. In doing so, the information will be immediately disseminated to law enforcement.

How will this registry help if my loved one goes missing?

If the individual goes missing and is reported to law enforcement, a photo and emergency contact information, as well as triggers, stimulants, and de-escalation techniques will be sent to responding law enforcement. Time is of the essence.

What guarantees do we have that the interaction between our loved one and law enforcement will be positive once he/she is registered?

What is important to remember, is that simply having a person in the registry is not necessarily going to change law enforcement’s response in every instance involving an individual with special needs. Law enforcement will act according to policy, procedure, and best practice depending on the circumstances presented. Additionally, an individual with special needs can still be arrested, should he or she break the law. In that case, being registered will assist law enforcement in contacting family.

How do I enroll my loved one?

Enrollment is simple! Caregivers can enroll special needs family members, friends, or clients online at:www.sdsheriff.net/tmh.

If you have questions, feel free to contact a Crime Prevention Specialist at your local Sheriff’s Station.

Students Speaking Out

History of San Diego County Crime Stoppers

San Diego County Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization with the mission of making San Diego County safer by helping law enforcement solve crime. Since 1984, San Diego County Crime Stoppers has been partnering with local law enforcement agencies to provide community members with a way to report crime anonymously and without fear of retaliation. In that time, Crime Stoppers has helped to solve more than 6,000 felony crimes, including 143 homicides. These services are available to anyone in the San Diego region.

Background Discussion

Crime touches all lives; directly and indirectly. Inasmuch as crime can leave a profound mark on our youth, school safety has become an emotional issue that has moved to the forefront of our attention. High-profile school shootings across the country and here, in San Diego, clarify the need for effective school safety strategies.

Following the success of Crime Stoppers, the first Campus Crime Stoppers program was also initiated in the early 1980s. Today, more than 2,000 Campus Crime Stoppers programs exist in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. In San Diego, our program is called Students Speaking Out. Through the Students Speaking Out program, Crime Stoppers and 12 school districts have partnered to empower students to speak out against crime and dangerous activity at school and in the community, since 1999. Students can anonymously report crime in one of several ways: They can call the tip line, download the mobile phone app, or through the Students Speaking Out website. The tip lines are staffed 24/7 with direct access to local 911 operators for emergency tips. Tip takers are versed in several languages to ease the flow of information. A full-time San Diego Police Department Officer and San Diego Sheriff’s Department Deputy are assigned to monitor and distribute tips. They work directly with law enforcement agencies to dispatch tips to investigating agencies.

The existence of a Students Speaking Out program does not indicate that a school has a unique crime or drug problem. Instead, the program is a proactive approach to creating a safer school environment. The Students Speaking Out program is frequently utilized within the curriculum to teach character development and also promotes school spirit, pride, and a positive campus image to students. In addition to a way students can safely report school crimes anonymously without fear of retaliation, this program encourages the development of responsibility. Students can participate in taking control of their school, while benefiting from a reduction in negative incidents on campus and enjoy an increased sense of security.

All schools have some criminal activity taking place on their campus, ranging from vandalism, to drugs, and even weapons. Student Speaking Out provides students with an avenue to anonymously report such activity safely. There are those who believe that paying rewards could promote students to become ‘snitches’ or invent crimes as revenge against other students, however, crimes are carefully investigated by law enforcement and we have found that only a small percentage of students ever collect the rewards. The students want - and need - a safe environment to learn.

Research

In 2002, the U. S. Secret Service - in collaboration with the U. S. Department of Education - conducted a comprehensive study on school violence. One significant finding was that prior to most school shooting incidents, other people knew about the attacker’s idea or plan to attack. In most cases, those who knew, were friends, classmates, or siblings. This information rarely made its way to an adult. This study demonstrates that students should be part of crime prevention efforts and barriers such as concerns over retaliation, getting in trouble, or not being taken seriously can inhibit a young person from reporting safety concerns.

Another 2002 survey found only 43% of students reported they would tell an adult if they learned of a school violence threat.

One study found that 50% of school-age homicide perpetrators gave a warning of their intended actions. In some of these cases, lives could have been saved if someone had alerted authorities about these threats. An outcome of this reluctance to report crime is students taking dangerous measures to protect themselves.

How it Works

Students Speaking Out is a partnership between school districts, law enforcement agencies, and Crime Stoppers. The program currently serves 180,000 students, so Crime Stoppers depends on the commitment of schools to effectively implement the program. Through partnership and communication, the program can help to make schools safer.

As a nonprofit organization, with the sole mission of making San Diego County safer, Crime Stoppers, with its Students Speaking Out program, is committed to empowering students to play a role in making their schools and their communities safer. They work directly with partner school districts to develop and distribute appropriate and effective marketing materials to ensure that every student served has the opportunity to use their voice to make a difference. These methods include:

Tip Line Administration and Initial Screening: Crime Stoppers operates all aspects of the tip lines. Trained staff respond to tips 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. When an urgent call is received, law enforcement coordinators will be contacted immediately. Coordinators will then immediately pass on urgent information to the relevant law enforcement agency.

This is where the local law enforcement aspect of the program is critical. Local law enforcement will understand the community and know immediately who to contact in an emerging critical situation. School Resource Officers (SROs) are located on many school campuses and are an invaluable resource for coordinating information received, and disseminating it to the appropriate school and law enforcement personnel.

Non-urgent tips are screened and assessed on a daily basis and passed onto agencies by email.

Tip Investigations: SROs or school administrators are responsible for investigating tips received by the tip line. SROs are asked to complete the tip disposition form for Crime Stoppers to track the outcome of the tips and determine if a tipster deserves a reward.

Reward Payment: The Crime Stoppers Board of Directors determines the reward payment for each case that is solved. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers to ascertain if they will receive a reward.

Partnerships

Crime Stoppers has a formal partnership with all local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The community partners include Star/Pal, TkF, the San Diego Police Foundation, SafetyNet Program, and many other organizations to ensure maximum outreach, and leverage community resources.

Additionally, Crime Stoppers works with several local school districts through the Students Speaking Out program including: Carlsbad Unified, Coronado Unified, Escondido Union, Grossmont Union, Oceanside Unified, Poway Unified, Ramona Unified, San Diego Unified, San Dieguito Unified, San Marcos Unified, Sweetwater Union, Valley Center Unified, and Vista Unified.

Accomplishments

As mentioned above, the Students Speaking Out program has been operating in San Diego County for 19 years. The program began as a partnership between Crime Stoppers and the San Diego Unified School District, but has expanded over the years to several other districts in the county. To date, tips to Students Speaking Out have helped to solve more than 400 crimes at schools, including the safe removal of 12 guns from local campuses. Each month, tips to Students Speaking Out are helping to safely remove weapons and drugs from school campuses and to stop bullying and gang activity.

Positive tips are broken down as follows:

* These include the new anti-bullying program

Conclusion

Students Speaking Out has an evidence-based success rate. The data speaks for itself: students will use technology, whether it’s a telephone, website, or mobile app, to report crime or prevent a tragedy at their school - if they can do it safely. Word spreads between students that Students Speaking Out can be trusted to keep the anonymity of those who speak out. Having a system of reporting that is easy, yet trustworthy, encourages participation. Simply put: it is a good program, that works.

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