This morning, at approximately 6:30am, an alert citizen called our Department to report a suspicious vehicle in their neighborhood, near Sonora Ave and Kempton Ln. The vehicle was stopped by our officers. It was occupied by three men. One of the men had been a suspect in a car theft in Brentwood last year. The car was taken while warming up on the street. We are fairly certain these men were in the area looking for cars to steal.
If you feel the need to warm your car, please be sure to lock the vehicle.
Thanks to the citizen who called the police. They probably saved a few neighbors the heartache of a stolen car. Another great example of the public helping the police to keep the community safe. We appreciate your help today!
Lately, we have heard concerns from Brentwood citizens in regards to traffic concerns in and around our schools. Speeding, inattention, congestion, are the frequent complaints. Suggestions include increased police presence, change in traffic patterns, more signs, turn this way and turn that way, and many others.
These concerns are not new. They have been around as long as schools and cars have coexisted. Our schools have been in the same location for many years. The change, over the years, has been the number of kids who are driven to school.
Our schools have tried to set up safety guidelines and traffic patterns that will best ensure the safety of their students. They do this because they genuinely care about the safety of their students.
Our department has set up enforcement details and tried to have more of a presence during the high traffic times, but we cannot be there all the time.
The responsibility for the safety of the children rests solely with those driving near the schools. The residents in the neighborhoods adjoining the schools and the general public who drive through our town, share some that responsibility, however, the parents driving their kids to school are the ones who will determine the success of any safety initiative.
Every morning, before I come to work at the PD, I make a point to drive by at least one of our schools. I drive really slow. I stop at the stop signs for several seconds. If the guy driving behind me is irritated; too bad. All of us need to bring it down a notch when we drive by our schools. Take your time. Pay attention. Obey your schools traffic guidelines for drop-off and pick-up. It is our responsibility to drive safely around our schools. Our kids deserve our best effort.
The City of Brentwood is seeking a part-time school crossing guard. The position pays $10/hr. Working hours are before and after school, Monday-Friday, when Brentwood schools are in session. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. For more information, contact Police Chief Dan Fitzgerald (963-8616). The City of Brentwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.