FBI Opens New Sacramento Field Office Building

Source: Gina Swankie, Federal Bureau of Investigation  |  2016-10-11

Construction in Roseville Features Enhanced Security, Safety

Today, the Sacramento Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hosted an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting to officially debut the field office’s new headquarters facility in Roseville, a city in eastern Placer County, Calif. The new building features enhanced security, upgraded technology, and ample workspace to accommodate FBI personnel and its law enforcement partners.

Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller welcomed FBI Director James B. Comey and more than 300 attendees representing law enforcement, elected officials, and community partners to the new field office headquarters.

“Our new Sacramento Field Office headquarters facility supports enhanced collaboration within our organization and with our law enforcement partners,” said Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller. “We are now well prepared for inevitable growth and to host community education programs such as our FBI Teen Academy and FBI Citizens Academy.”

In addition to addresses by Director Comey and Special Agent in Charge Miller, the ceremony featured the Placer County Sheriff’s Department honor guard; Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps; Carrie Hennessey, a Grammy-nominated vocalist who sang the national anthem; Norman Dong, Public Buildings Commissioner, General Services Administration; William L. Cunningham-Corso, President, Cunningham Development Company, Inc.; Donald Wetzel, Senior Development Manager, Walsh Group; Carol Garcia, Mayor, City of Roseville; and Congressman Tom McClintock, U.S. Congressional Representative, Fourth District of California.

“GSA and FBI were dedicated to the effective delivery of this project and through strong inter-agency partnerships, the project is a great success,” said Norman Dong, Public Buildings Service Commissioner. “This building was designed with state of the art secure protection features and energy efficient specs that will lead the way for future FBI buildings.”

The FBI’s Sacramento Field Office has served the 34-county Eastern District of California since 1967, when the federal judicial districts were reorganized.  Currently, the Sacramento Field Office has seven resident agency locations to serve the region—Redding, Chico, Fairfield, Tahoe, Stockton, Fresno, and Bakersfield—in addition to its central headquarters.

New public telephone numbers and the address for Sacramento Field Office headquarters have been posted on its website, www.fbi.gov/sacramento. The public may also submit information via tips.fbi.gov and, for cyber-related crimes, www.ic3.gov.

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Get Notifications if Disaster Strikes

Source: Sacramento County  |  2016-09-29

With fire season upon us and winter months approaching, there is no better time to prepare for a disaster - events that often occur with little to no warning – by registering with the mass notification system at any one of the following three URL’s: Sacramento-Alert.org, Yolo-Alert.org or Placer-Alert.org.

Register now before a disaster hits, so public safety officials can call, text or email you in the event of a disaster.

Consider the state’s historic drought causing elevated wildfire danger, or winter storms and the many levees surrounding our urban core. Both events can occur rapidly, sometimes forcing evacuations, shelter in place orders and road closures. The regional mass notification system is a critical link for you to immediately learn of required actions.

Sign up for alerts at either Sacramento-Alert.org, Yolo-Alert.org or Placer-Alert.org - it’s easy and your information is protected. Officials will only text during an emergency or public safety event, or if public help is needed to find a missing child or adult.

The unique feature of the system is the ability to handle more than one contact method for residents including cell phones, alternate numbers, text, email and even landlines. You choose the best notification method or chose them all. You can also register multiple locations, such as your work address, your parent’s address or your children’s school, in order to get alerts about the places that mean the most to you.

For more information or to register alternate phone numbers or e-mail addresses, visit www.sacramento-alert.org, www.yolo-alert.org or www.placer-alert.org.

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County Renews $10M Emergency Services Contract for Placer County Fire

Source: Robert Miller, County of Placer  |  2016-08-24

In 2015, Placer County Fire responded to 7,636 calls for emergency service, including medical and fire calls, for 475 square miles of unincorporated areas of the county. This service is provided by CAL FIRE through an annual contract with the county. Each fiscal year, the county renews the contract, ensuring consistency and continuity of response to emergency calls.

Today, the county board of supervisors OK’d a $10.6 million contract for fiscal year 2016-17. The contract will provide fire and emergency service for about 52,000 residents, plus visitors who make calls for service while in the county.

The contract represents a 4.4 percent increase due to restoring two firefighters to Station 77 in the Sunset Area near Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville and restoring a battalion chief in North Auburn-Ophir. Funding for the CAL FIRE contract comes from the County Fire Control Fund, Sunset West Fire, North Auburn-Ophir Fire and Dry Creek Fire.

In addition to CAL FIRE, there are 18 other independent fire districts in the county. Placer County Fire service is provided by 60 full-time firefighters operating out of eight stations staffed around the clock. Those stations are in Alta, Colfax, Bowman, North Auburn, Ophir, Lincoln, the Sunset Area and Dry Creek. CAL FIRE manages the City of Colfax Volunteer Fire Department and assists the city with its fire inspection and land development functions. These services are funded by the City of Colfax in a separate agreement with the county.

Additionally, approximately 75 volunteer and resident firefighters operate out of the paid stations listed above and from seven community volunteer stations located in Dutch Flat, Fowler, Paige, Ophir, Thermalands, Dry Creek and Sheridan. Placer County Fire provides overhead supporting all paid and volunteer fire stations. That support includes chief officer coverage 24/7, fire prevention staff, a heavy equipment mechanic, administration, procurement, communications and facilities maintenance support.

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CAL FIRE Local 2881 represents the 6,500 firefighters of CAL FIRE. They answer more than 400,000 calls per year with professionalism and integrity. However, CAL FIRE firefighters are in crisis.

“Today (August 16th) I did the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do as a firefighter,” said CAL FIRE firefighter Steve Mueller. “While I look forward to protecting my neighbors and working hard with my colleagues, I didn’t enjoy talking publically about how our pay lags drastically behind other departments.”

California’s independent Human Resources Salary Report reveals that CAL FIRE firefighters make 30-90% less than firefighters from California’s top twenty-five fire departments. A fifteen-year veteran of CAL FIRE can make more money, and with less responsibilities, as an entry-level firefighter at a local department. Three months ago, CAL FIRE had a 50% no-show for the promotional Fire Captain test.

Entry-level firefighters make only minimum wage. In five years, due to compaction within the Department, they will make as much as mid-level firefighters. The compaction and overlapping of pay negatively impacts morale among firefighters and robs our men and women the incentive to promote.

“I love fighting fires and the camaraderie on the job but, it is important that our pay at least be competitive with other fire departments,” said Mueller.

Mueller mentioned that firefighters will be at the State Capitol at 11AM on Monday, August 22nd to protest the pay disparities.

The men and women of CAL FIRE will always answer the call and it is an honor to protect our neighbors. We hope to work cooperatively with the Administration to find a viable solution.

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CHP to Host “Coffee with a Cop” August 17th

Source: California Highway Patrol  |  2016-08-11

Officers from the California Highway Patrol Valley Division Office and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, have coffee, and build relationships.

All community members are invited to attend. The event will be held from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Old Soul @ 40 Acres. Please contact Officer Guillermo Garcia with questions: (916) 731-6300, or email 201pio@chp.ca.gov.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Department’s work in Sacramento’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope community members will welcome the opportunity to ask questions, bring concerns forward, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Janice Mulanix. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

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FBI Seeking “Bandaged Bandit”

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation  |  2016-07-21

Suspect Wanted for Series of Four Bank Robberies in Nevada and Northern California

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information to aid in the identification and apprehension of an individual suspected of robbing four banks. The young Caucasian male is suspected of the following robberies:

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016
    U.S. Bank located at 229 Kingsbury Grade Rd., Stateline, NV 89449
  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    Chase Bank located at 2215 Francisco Dr., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Wells Fargo located at 3935 Park Dr., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
  • Friday, July 15, 2016
    U.S. Bank located at 1850 Prairie City Rd., Folsom, CA 95630.

The suspect—believed to be in his 20s or 30s—has blonde hair and stands 5’8”-5’10” tall with a large build. He has made an effort to conceal his face by affixing bandages to his nose, chin, and other areas of his face and arms. During the commission of the robberies, the man approached the tellers and either presented a demand note or made a verbal demand for cash while threatening that he had a weapon. After receiving undisclosed amounts of money, the subject fled the locations on foot. Photos of the suspect are available on the FBI’s Wanted Bank Robber website: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2016-07-15.6450756429.

The robberies are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and Folsom Police Department.

Individuals with information about this man may call their local FBI office or 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-885-5984). Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. If the subject is spotted in the community, the public is urged to call 911 and not approach the individual. For more information about individuals wanted for bank robberies in your area, please visit https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov

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Trailhead Fire Sparks Air Quality Advisory for Placer County

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-06-30

A joint air quality advisory issued by the Placer County Department of Public Health and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District - advisory for June 30, 2016 through July 4, 2016

The Placer County Department of Public Health and Placer County Air Pollution Control District are issuing a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of poor air quality conditions primarily due to smoke from the Trailhead Fire in Placer and El Dorado counties. The joint air quality advisory is in effect from June 30 through July 4.

Areas of smoke may affect Placer County from the valley to the North Lake Tahoe area, dependent upon wind direction, until the fire is extinguished. In the evenings, smoke tends to move downhill becoming more concentrated in lower elevation areas including the foothills and the Lake Tahoe Basin. In the afternoon and early evening hours, conditions may improve as smoke rises.

Smoke contains very tiny particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. While all people may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals, such as young, aged and those with respiratory conditions, are of greatest risk of experiencing more aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to, coughing, watery and itchy eyes, scratchy throat and difficulty breathing.

Intermittent smoke is likely to affect different parts of the county at different times of the day until the fire is extinguished. Because of this, it is possible for smoke to affect both indoor and outdoor activities. If you can see or smell smoke, avoid all unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced.

Here are recommended ways to reduce your smoke exposure:

  • Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed; if possible run the air conditioner on the recirculation setting;
  • Limit outdoor exertion and physical activity;
  • Leave the smoke-impacted areas until conditions improve, if possible;
  • Reduce unnecessary driving. If traveling through smoke-impacted areas, be sure that your vehicle’s ventilation system is on recirculate;
  • Avoid the use of non‐HEPA paper face mask filters, which are not capable of filtering out extra fine particulates.

Anyone experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should contact their doctor if they have any questions.

Keep in mind that air quality can change rapidly at different times during the day due to wind shifts; therefore, it is important to monitor the smoke throughout the day in your area and make outdoor plans accordingly.

Information on air quality and smoke can be found at www.placer.ca.gov/apcd.

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