Special Edition Newsletter #2
The Livermore Police Department will join law enforcement throughout the state to step up enforcement along with awareness efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to discourage distracted driving. Officers will have a special emphasis this month on enforcing all cell phone and distracted driving laws. The goal is to increase voluntary compliance by drivers, but sometimes citations are necessary for motorists to better understand the importance of driving distraction. April has been designated as the statewide enforcement month when law enforcement agencies will step up distracted driving enforcement activities. The California Department of Transportation will put distracted driving messages on the changeable message signs on freeways during April. Traffic officers have issued hundreds of thousands of citations over the past three years to those texting or calling on a hand-held cell phone. Recent legislation now makes it illegal to use your smartphone’s apps will driving. Still, everyone has seen other drivers on a device driving in a dangerous manner next to them during a commute or a trip around town.
Preliminary 2017 data also shows nearly 22,000 drivers were involved in distracted driving collisions in California, a decline from the more than 33,000 drivers involved in distracted driving collisions in 2007, the last full year before the hands-free law went into effect.
Please join us in wishing Officer Joe Nguyen well as he retires from the department after 22 plus years of service. Joe’s retirement is effective December 24, 2017. During his time with the department, Officer Nguyen was selected to be a member of several specialized units to include Motor Officer, Narcotics and, as a member of the SWAT Team. Joe's contributions to the department have been many and have been of great benefit to the agency and the community. You will be missed Officer Nguyen - Congratulations!
On Monday October 9, 2017, the Livermore Police Department was contacted by Alameda County Animal Services asking that our Animal Control personnel join in a request for mutual aid from the Napa County Sheriff’s Department. Napa County needed more personnel to respond to requests for service from the residents in the fire ravaged area. Napa County Animal Services officers fielded calls and escorted outside agencies to the areas needing assistance. Two Livermore Animal Control officers responded to the request for help. Our personnel assisted in removing pets from homes where residents were unable to take their pets with them. The rescued pets were taken to a shelter with the hopes of reuniting them with their families. Our officers also navigated through dangerous and fiery terrain to assist residents in rural areas with evacuating their horses. The majority of their time was spent helping horse owners load and transport their horses, and identifying resources to transport horses that had no means available to them.
Please join the Livermore Police Department in wishing Sergeant Jim Horton well as he retires from the department after 15 years of service. Jim’s retirement is effective October 4, 2017. During his time with the department, Sergeant Horton was selected to be a member of many specialized units to include Field Training Officer, the Professional Standards Unit, the Bicycle Unit, the Crisis Negotiations Team, the Reserve Coordinator, and the Narcotics Team Sergeant as well as being the department’s Range Master for many of these years. In all of these assignments, Sergeant Horton helped to mold the future of this organization and its officers and for this we thank him. Good luck and congratulations – you will be missed!
Please join us in wishing Sergeant Keith Graves well as he retires from the department after nearly 29 years of service. Keith’s retirement is effective September 4, 2017. Sergeant Graves started with the department in October of 1988. Shortly thereafter, Keith competed for and was awarded a position on the SWAT Team which he held for the next twenty years. In addition to that, Keith was the Sniper Team Leader for over three years and held specialized assignments in the Narcotics Unit, Special Operations Unit and COPPS Unit. In addition to all of these assignments, Sergeant Graves is an accomplished instructor and expert in the drug and narcotics field and has instructed over 3000 officers from 38 states, 8 foreign countries, and at over 350 police agencies in California. Keith’s commitment to the Livermore community and his dedication to this department and his peers are to be commended. Good luck Keith - you will be missed.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. National Night Out provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.
If you would like to host an event you can contact Nicole Aguon at 925-371-4978 and she can provide all the details and answer any questions you may have, or check our website here:
After clicking the link above, scroll to bottom of this page for our Registration Form.
The Livermore Police Department is reminding community members that all fireworks are illegal in the City of Livermore. This includes "Safe and Sane" type fireworks that may be legal to purchase in other cities. The Livermore Police Department will have extra officers working on the Fourth of July and these officers will be looking for and responding to firework violations.
It is unlawful for any person to possess any fireworks within the city of Livermore (Livermore Municipal Code 9.40.020). Any member of the Police Department or the Fire Department can seize any fireworks located in Livermore and the owner may be charged for the cost of destroying the fireworks. Police Officers finding persons in possession of fireworks may issue that person a citation for a misdemeanor offense with a fine of up to $500 and jail time of up to 30 days in county jail.
Congratulations to Sergeant Kevin Santin on his well-deserved retirement after 29 years of service to the Livermore Police Department and community. Sergeant Santin began his career in November of 1988. From the beginning of his career as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant Santin has always shown a high level of expertise and commitment to keeping the citizens of Livermore safe. As a valued Field Training Officer, he helped shape a positive course for the department. As a Crime’s Against Persons Detective, his work ethic and tenacity to solve the case(s) were second to none. His dedication and commitment as a SWAT Team Member set the course for the future of the team. Most recently, as a Patrol and CIB Sergeant, Kevin is highly respected for his leadership and expertise. Congratulation’s Sergeant Santin – you will be missed!
The Livermore Police Department is requesting the community's assistance in a missing person investigation.On March 2, 2017, Dwight Meier communicated to his family that he would no longer see them and they could find his vehicle at the Livermore Walmart. When his parents received the letter on March 5, 2017, they contacted the Livermore Police Department and filed a missing person report. Meier's vehicle was located at the Walmart in Livermore like he had stated in his letter. LPD Officers along with assistance from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office checked the surrounding areas around Walmart. Despite search efforts, Meier has yet to be located. LPD Detectives are continuing their investigation in locating the whereabouts of Meier. Anyone with information regarding Dwight Meier's whereabouts please contact Livermore PD.
On January 3, 2017, at 7:39 p.m., the Livermore Police Department was made aware of a victim who had been shot in Livermore. LPD officers responded to the area of Highland Avenue and Valley View Way where they located a white male adult who was suffering from a single gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition. Livermore Police Department detectives began investigating the case and determined that the victim, James Jewell (28 year old from Concord), came to Livermore to take part in a drug transaction. Jewell met with Blake Wayne Hansen (25 year old from Concord), Alexander James Diaz (23 year old from Salida) and Robert Delarosa (23 year old transient) in a parking lot on North Livermore Avenue. Jewell got into a vehicle with Hansen, Diaz and Delarosa and they all left the parking lot together. Jewell was shot one time inside the vehicle. Jewell was then pushed out of the vehicle in the area of Highland Street and Valley View Way. Then Hansen, Diaz and Delarosa fled the area.
Congratulations Sergeant Jason Boberg on your promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Boberg came to the department in May of 1999 as a police officer. His service as a patrol officer was commendable and his time as a Crimes Against Persons Detective was invaluable to solving some of our most challenging investigations. As the Department’s Lead Defensive Tactics Instructor, Sergeant Boberg has helped train our officers to remain safe and to know the law behind the force. As a Patrol Sergeant, Jason is well respected and viewed as a leader in the organization. Jason’s work ethic is of the highest caliber and one that we want to share with others.
Congratulations Officer Ryan Sanchez on your promotion to the rank of Sergeant. Officer Sanchez came to the department in January of 2003. During this time, Officer Sanchez has been an active participant in delivering service to the department and the community, especially our youth as the School Resource Officer for Livermore High School for many years. While in the position of SRO, Officer Sanchez hosted community presentations on the Police Department’s behalf for drugs, alcohol, cyber bullying, sexual battery and school lockdown and active shooter protocols. In addition, Officer Sanchez has excelled with the East County Tactical Team as the Assistant Team Leader on the Crisis Negotiations Team. Officer Sanchez is also a member of the department’s PIO Team.
Please join the Livermore Police Department in wishing Officer Traci Rebiejo well as she retires from the department after 24 years of service. Officer Rebiejo started with the department in August of 1991. Her service and contributions to the Traffic Unit have been invaluable especially her contributions to our department’s Traffic Safety and Education Program. Officer Rebiejo’s impact in our community through programs such as Every 15 Minutes, the Back Seat Challenge and her Car Seat Checkup Program has made a lasting difference. Officer Rebiejo will be missed. Thank you for your 24 years of service and congratulations Traci !
On June 14, 2016, the Livermore Police Department became aware that an officer employed with the agency was among the Bay Area law enforcement officers alleged to have had a sexual relationship with the woman known as "Celeste Guap." The officer was immediately placed on administrative leave while an investigation was conducted. The investigation has concluded and the officer involved subsequently submitted a letter of resignation.
Police Chief Michael Harris stated, "This incident does not accurately reflect the professionalism of the men and women of the Livermore Police Department who protect our community every day. Now that this matter has reached a conclusion, we will move forward and continue to serve with honor and protect with purpose. I would like to thank our community for their continued support and patience as we completed this investigation."
According to state law, personnel matters are required to be kept confidential. For this reason, we cannot release the details of the investigation or provide the name of the officer.