Ontario Police to be recognized

Temple of Sholom of Ontario will recognize Ontario Police Chief Eric Hopley and the department for their service to the community, Thursday at 7 p.m. There will be reception and award ceremony at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Temple Sholom of Ontario, 963 W 6th St. For more information, call 909-983-9661.

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Save the date: Ontario to host National Night Out

Ontario National Night Out

Ontario National Night Out

Every year the City Council and Police Department come together to hold National Night Out- an event aimed at drug and crime prevention awareness. This year’s event will be held on Aug. 6.

According to the city,  last year more than 16,000 Ontario residents from more than 200 neighborhoods participated in the event. That helped the city earn 4th place in the nation for cities its size.

If you are interested in attending a party, contact your existing neighborhood watch block captains.

Residents may also contact the Ontario Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 395-2093 or chuggins@ontariopolice.org

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Ontario National Night Out kick-off meeting

The public is invited to attend the kick-off meeting for this year’s National Night Out on Wednesday night in the Community Room of the Ontario Ontario Police Department Headquarters located at 2500 S. Archibald Avenue

Attendees will receive event planning and participation information regarding this year’s National Night Out. The event is scheduled for August 6 as well as information on the City of Ontario’s Neighborhood Watch program.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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Ontario to hold Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday

Several entities in the city will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday.

On this day, residents can dispose of any expired and unwanted medicines between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center, 2295 S. Vineyard Avenue, Ontario Collection site will be located in the southwest parking lot off Vineyard Ave., in front of building.
  • Ontario Police Department lobby, 2500 S. Archibald Avenue
  • Ontario Senior Center, 225 E. B Street

Collection sites Fontana and Ontario

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Ontario launches Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign

Press release from Ontario Police Department:

As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Ontario police will be actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones during the month of April. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings.

The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. Last April, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000  convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!” Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk.

In recent years,  hundreds have been killed and thousands seriously injured in California as a result of collisions that involved at least one driver who was distracted. Nationally, an estimated 3,331 died in 2011.

As a result, law enforcement across the state, including the Ontario Police Department are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the CHP conducting zero tolerance enforcements

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Ontario safety officials participate in tourney

Resident Ruben Valencia came to the March 5 City Council meeting to inform the council how well the city’s police and fire department did at the softball fundraiser tournament.
According to Valencia, money was raised for the Ontario and Chaffey baseball programs, although he did not provide an amount.
“I know the police department are proud they took the trophy this year. I was amazed to see the police chief (Eric Hopley) glad to report that he actually had a base hit. As far as the fire chief, we already told him he needs to find a batting cage,” he said.
But, Valencia said, the tournament was great because it recognizes youth in the community and can help them excel and have extracurricular activities.
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Ontario police, fire teams hold fundraiser

The Ontario Firefighters Association and the Ontario Police Officers Association will participate in the 3rd annual Chaffey High School softball challenge on Friday.
The event pits the two associations against each other in a friendly softball game. Following that, alumni from Chaffey and Ontario highs schools will play in a baseball game.
“The police department and the fire department are the best and always thinking of the community and their hearts are always in the activities in fundraiser, their always in a giving mode,” Councilman Jim Bowman.
Fire Chief Floyd Clark said all the proceeds from the event goes toward the two high school teams’ programs.
“It’s a good time for fun and real benefit for the community,” Clark said.
Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada said she found her glove, “I don’t know if I could participate but I’d like to.”
Jay Littleton Ballpark is at the southeast corner of 4th Street and Grove Avenue.
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Ontario PD to host Explorers orientation/recruitment meeting

From Ontario Police Dept:

On Feb. 21, at 6 p.m., The Ontario Police Department Explorer Post #350 will be hosting a recruitment / orientation meeting to provide information about the Police Explorer Program.

The meeting will be held in the community rooms located to the front of the Ontario Police
Department (2500 S. Archibald Avenue). There will be a brief SWAT demonstration and then everyone will go into the station, where the program will be explained in further detail.
The Ontario Police Department welcomes anyone interested in becoming an Ontario Police Explorer.

The Ontario Police Explorer Program is a youth group designed for teens from 14-20 years old. Explorers learn about police work through; ride-a-longs, assisting police department personnel and other related duties. Those interested must bring a parent or legal guardian to the orientation.

An applicant packet will be given out during the orientation.
New Explorer Recruits must be in good physical condition, complete a background investigation, oral interview and written test. They may not have any felony convictions on their record and must also maintain a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. Explorer applicants under the age of 18 years must have permission from a parent or guardian to join.
Applicants will take part in a training program that consists of physical agility, marching and use of the police radio. They will also demonstrate proficiency regarding police radio codes and laws of arrest.

Upon successful completion of the training program, the recruits are promoted to Junior

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