CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Recently, on June 20, and June 27, the Citrus Heights Police Department hosted its first Business Academy for people interested in learning what they can do in case a crime occurs while at work. Because crime and homelessness are two concerns in the community, the police department has been fostering new partnerships with citizens and businesses.

“The Business Academy is a natural development from the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Citizens Academy which has been held since 2008. We realized that like citizens, business owners and managers have little knowledge on dealing with crime,” said Community Service Officer and Program Coordinator for the Business Academy, Larissa Wasilevsky.

Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) officer James Garing stated that the curriculum of the academy reflects the department’s own approach to preventing and addressing crime: “We have a three focus emphasis on education, enforcement and engineering.”

As Citrus Heights grows and develops economically, the issues of homelessness and crime tend to affect the economic sectors of the city. “There is no instant solution,” said Wasilevsky, “because this is not an instant problem.” Due to over a decade of recession, people have “lost their homes, their jobs and careers, and are subsequently in economic distress,” added POP officer Garing.

Tony Morgan, Navigator of Homeless Assistance Resource Team, explained how HART and the police department work together to deal with the homeless crisis and crime in business situations. “We want to give the homeless an option,” she said, “so there is a lot of relationship building involved. It takes time because many come from broken marriages, having lost custody of their children and end up in substance abuse…. But when you team up with someone, things are easier.”

POP officer Garing focused on the current concern that “about 42 percent of all Active Shooter situations occur in commercial settings—with education following at 30 percent.” National headlines have brought awareness that these “incidents have been on the rise over the past two decades from about 1 case in 2000 to 30 cases in 2017”. Since 30 cases is not a big number, “It makes it difficult to prepare for because you never think it’s going to happen to you,” said Garing.

Garing analyzed a long series of suspicious Pre-Attack Behaviors to look out for and adviced: “Many of us are distracted concentrated on texting on our cell phones and other things which leaves us with little situational awareness.” “Enforcement is reactive. It will take time for the police to arrive, so be prepared,” he finalized.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - This press release is a summary of the facts known at this time, as this incident is actively being investigated. The information contained in the press release is subject to change. Additional details will be released as they become available.

On Friday, June 28, 2019, agents from the FBI Office in Atlanta, Georgia and detectives from the Sacramento Police Department arrested 59-year-old Mark Manteuffel on multiple charges related to three separate incidents that occurred between 1992 and 1994 in the City of Davis, the County of Sacramento and the City of Sacramento.

The arrest came after a collaborative and extensive investigation with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the Davis Police Department, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, FBI – Sacramento Field Office, and the Sacramento Police Department.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information regarding this investigation to contact the Sacramento Police Investigations unit at (916) 808-0650 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

The Mission of the Sacramento Police Department is to work in partnership with the Community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our City.

 

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Citrus Heights Police Officer Involved In Shooting

By David Gutierrez, Citrus Heights Police Department  |  2019-07-10

Axel, the K9 hero. Photo courtesy of Citrus Heights Police Department

Citrus Heights Police Department Press Release

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - This updated information is based on our ongoing investigation related to the events surrounding the officer involved shooting. The investigation continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, and review physical and electronic evidence. Our understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.

As reported, our officers responded to the report of a male subject who was believed to have fired a handgun in the vicinity of Sunrise Boulevard and Arcadia Drive.

We now know that the suspect fired a bullet through a storefront window of the Macy’s store located on the north side of the building. The store was occupied with customers at the time of the shooting. Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of the suspect’s actions.

As officers were responding to the scene with lights and sirens, they observed the described subject running east along Greenback Lane in front of the Brake Masters, towards the Burger King. The officers attempted to make contact with the subject, but he was uncooperative and continued to run. One of the first officers on scene was a police K9 unit. The canine handler released his police K9 in an attempt to safely apprehend the reportedly armed subject. As the K9 was running towards the suspect, the suspect turned towards the K9 and the officers while still running, and fired a shot in their direction. The K9 continued to pursue the suspect and eventually engaged him.

Officers observed the suspect fire at least two rounds towards the K9’s head at point blank range and then fire towards them. Officers returned gunfire at the suspect, striking him. When the police K9 came back to his handler, his face had a significant amount of blood on it. Based on what was witnessed, the officers believed the K9 had been shot. The K9 handler rushed the K9 to a vet hospital. Upon the vet cleaning the K9’s face and head, it was learned the K9 had amazingly not sustained a gunshot injury. The blood on the K9’s head was determined to be from the suspect.

Officers on scene are attributing the K9’s actions with saving their lives. (See picture of Hero K9 Axel below)

This incident occurred in a heavily populated area. We believe an active shooter type event was avoided due to the K9’s actions and the heroic actions of our officers.

At this time, we will not be releasing the identity of the suspect or any evidentiary video footage.

Previous Media Release:

By Chad Morris, Citrus Heights Police Department Press Release

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) – On July 9, 2019, at approximately 7:25 PM, Citrus Heights Police dispatchers received a citizen call regarding a male who was believed to have fired a handgun in the vicinity of Sunrise Blvd and Arcadia Drive. Officers arrived on scene at approximately 7:32 PM and quickly located the male subject who began firing a handgun at the responding officers.

The suspect fired his handgun at the responding officers and nearly struck one of the officers in the area of his upper-body. Fortunately, the bullet passed through the officer’s uniform shirt, and miraculously the officer was uninjured. The officer’s K9 partner appeared to have sustained a gunshot wound to his face. Officers immediately returned fire with at least one officer striking the suspect. Fire personnel were summoned, responded quickly, and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene.

During the shooting, a passerby's windshield was struck by a bullet. The occupant of the vehicle is believed to have sustained minor abrasions as a result of broken glass and was transported to an area hospital for a precautionary medical examination. The officer and his K9 partner were transported to area hospitals, and we feel extremely fortunate to report that they are both expected to make a full recovery.

Currently, CHPD is in the beginning stages of this officer-involved shooting investigation. The areas around the location will remain closed throughout the duration of the investigation. The officers involved with the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave which is standard policy during these incidents.

 

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On June 19, 2019, at approximately 6:10 p.m., Sacramento Police Department Officer Tara O’Sullivan, 26, was shot at the scene of a domestic violence incident. She was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center where she tragically died. Officer Tara O’Sullivan was a dedicated, young officer who had only been with the department for a year. This is the first line-of-duty death of a Sacramento Police Officer in twenty years.

At 5:41 p.m., Officer Tara O’Sullivan and fellow officers responded to a domestic disturbance. Approximately thirty minutes later, shots were fired by an armed gunman inside the house. Officer O’Sullivan was struck while trying to help a woman move her items outside of the home.

With Officer O’Sullivan down, the gunman continued to fire at officers which prevented any form of rescue. An armored vehicle arrived in response and officers were able to transport her to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The standoff lasted for multiple hours until the gunman surrendered at 1:54 a.m.

Officer O’Sullivan was a recent graduate from Sacramento State’s Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars Program. After which, she graduated from the Sacramento Police Academy.

“The loss of Officer O’Sullivan is devastating, grievous, and a reminder that police work invokes heartbreak,” said Brad Houle, CAHP Credit Union President. “She displayed heroism while protecting an individual in our community. Her family, friends, and colleagues will always remember that she selflessly sacrificed her life to ensure the safety of another.”

Officer O’Sullivan will remain in the thoughts and prayers of our community as we mourn this heartbreaking loss.

The CAHP Credit Union has established a memorial fund in honor of Officer Tara O’Sullivan. The CAHP Credit Union is covering all processing fees and administrative responsibilities. Thank you for your continued support.

Donations can be made on the CAHP Credit Union website https://www.cahpcu.org/OfficerTaraOSullivanMemorialFund or mailed to:

Officer Tara O’Sullivan Memorial Fund
CAHP Credit Union
P.O. Box 276507
Sacramento, CA 95827-6507

California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) Credit Union has a membership of over 18,000 and is dedicated to matching the integrity, judgement and courtesy displayed by our peace officer members every day, in providing financial services whenever and wherever they need access to CAHP Credit Union.

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Stopping Crime Before It Starts

By Patrick Larenas  |  2019-06-12

From left to right: Officer James Garing, CSO Larissa Wasilevsky, and Officer Felicia Taylor. Photo courtesy of Citrus Heights Police Department.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD) will be offering a safety training Business Academy for business owners and managers on Thursday, June 20, and Thursday, June 27, from 8 am to 12 noon.

Participants at the Business Academy will receive an introduction to the criminal justice system and learn to deal with and decrease business related crimes. “The Business Academy was created to deal effectively with business related issues and crimes such as shoplifting, theft, homeless loitering and counterfit money,” said Program Coordinator for the Business Academy, Larissa Wasilevsky.

“The program is a way to create partnerships with community business owners, managers and the Police Department. Crime is down overall 10 percent from 2018,” said Wasilevsky, “but we know there are a number of new businesses moving into the city and we want them to be prepared in case a crime happens.”

A wide variety of skilled and experienced crime related instructors will be hosted including:

Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) officer James Garing will be speaking on the subject of firearms and active shooter situations;

Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) Navigator Tony Morgan will focus on how to deal with homeless people in business situations and why homelessness happens;

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) specialist Felicia Taylor will deal with neighborhood, location and landscape issues associated with business crime;

Police Dispatcher Mark King will explain to students how to call the Police Department, how to become a good witness, how to describe suspects and other questions when contacting the Police Department.

The deadline to sign up is June 18 and participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. Future courses may be offered depending on community interest. To sign up contact Larissa Wasilevsky at (916) 727-5879 or at lwasilevsky@citrusheights.net

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Memorial Day: Not a Day of Celebration, But a Day to Remember

By Elise Spleiss  |  2019-06-12

The Citrus Heights Police Department motorcycle team escorts a procession of veterans, some in period dress, Boy Scout Troop 228, and members of the community, pausing at four stations to honor those buried from the Civil War, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Photo by Steve Gall

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Memorial Day is not about barbecues, picnics, or races. It is about honoring the sacrifice of more than 1.5 million of our sons and daughters who died in uniform on land and sea and in the air since 1775. However, this number does not include those wounded or missing in action.

This was the theme of the Memorial Day service at Sylvan Cemetery on May 27, 2019. American Legion Post 637 Commander Paul Reyes cited General George S. Patton’s belief that it is wrong to mourn those who died but rather to thank God that “such men lived”.

The Citrus Heights Police Department motorcycle team escorted the procession of veterans, some in period dress including the Sons of the American Revolution, and the rifle guard of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Other marchers included Boy Scout Troop 228, Citrus Heights American Legion Post 637 and members of the community. The procession wound through the cemetery, stopping at four stations to honor those buried who fought in the Civil War, WWII, Korea and Vietnam with a prayer and a salute.

Following other speakers during the service, Police Chief Ron Lawrence spoke of the special bond the U.S. military and police officers share as they all take the oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Lawrence told the dramatic story of one overlooked hero of D-Day who showed extreme bravery under extreme conditions. Fifty-one-year-old General Norman Cota graduated from West Point Military in 1917 with Dwight D. Eisenhower. Cota served his country during peacetime for 30 years before he saw battle on Omaha Beach.

On D-Day, June 6, 1944 Cota was a brigadier general, second in command of the 29th division leading the Allied assault on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France towards the end of War II. His heroic actions that day earned him the Distinguished Service Cross for “personally leading traumatized soldiers through a gap of bloody Omaha Beach” where 2,000 American soldiers died.

The morning ended with a prayer, Harmony Express’s rendition of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, a rifle salute and Taps being played.

Source: New England Historical Society

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Sacramento Police and Sheriff's 17th Annual Remembrance Ceremony

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-05-16

Sheriff Scott Jones reads name of fallen Sacramento Sheriff’s Department officers

WOODLAKE, SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On Friday, May 2, officers from several agencies, including Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, descended upon the quiet Woodlake neighborhood for the 17th Annual Remembrance Ceremony, and to commemorate a new memorial plaque for Officer Mark Stasyuk who lost his life in the line of duty on September 17, 2018.

The ceremony included a procession of law enforcement officers from Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department led by the Sacramento Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

Officer Paul Brown, President of the Sacramento Police Sheriff’s Memorial Foundation welcomed officers, fallen officer families, dignitaries, fellow officers from outside agencies, and the general public.

“Today, let us remember our Sacramento fallen,” said the 20 year Sacramento Police Department veteran.

Pastor Anthony Sadler of Shiloh Baptist Church gave the invocation prior to guest speakers.


“It is in times like these that we realize how fragile we are and how quickly our loved ones can be taken away from us.” Each officer, he added, to be remembered had paid the ultimate price, as did the fallen officer’s family, in order to protect the citizens.

“Today we are saddened, and also honored, to add yet one more hero to the rank.” He then called for prayers for Deputy Mark Stasyuk and his family.


“We honor Deputy Stasyuk for his extraordinary bravery in the face of imminent danger,” he stated.


Throughout the invocation, the bells of Sacramento Regional Transit’s light sounded gently. The memorial, a living monument, is situated across the street from Woodlake Park and behind the light rail station on Arden Way. Land was donated by North Sacramento Land Company, wrote Rotary Club of North Sacramento President, Stephen Lemmon. His organization, along with Woodlake Improvement Club worked with the land company.


“Since we had a great working relationship with the Sacramento Police Department, the idea was hatched for a memorial,” Lemmon wrote, adding that Rotary Club member Dennis Tsuboi submitted the design and the club contributed $10,000.


In 1992, “a foundation was formed including both unions for Sac PD and Sac Sheriff, reps for the Chief and the Sheriff, the Rotary Club, Woodlake and the Council Member,” wrote Lemmon.


A list of major funders, board of directors, and past board members is etched in granite beside the dedication stone that reads, “For all those who served & sacrificed wearing the badge, we are eternally grateful.”


Sacramento Police Department Chief Daniel Hahn spoke first.


“Welcome to these sacred grounds,” he said. “We will never forget the sacrifice that you have made for our entire community.”


Chief Hahn spoke several minutes about current challenges for law enforcement, community, and how these men and women “know what it takes to protect our community, to protect our values and our way of life.”


“We pray that this will be the last year that we add a name to this very important memorial,” said Hahn.
Sheriff Scott R. Jones spoke next, thanking Supervisor Susan Peters, general public, and fellow officers.


“I love coming to this place. I come from time to time. It seems like things are a little quieter, things are a bit more contemplative. It seems like I’m able to be a little bit more reflective. I love the fact that the community takes care of this place. It is truly hollow ground,” he said, adding that he also hates that there needs to be a place like this and that another name needs to be added this year.


Mark Stasyuk’s name joined twenty other Sheriff’s department officers, District Attorney Investigator Grant Wilson, Galt Police Department Officer Kevin Tonn, and sixteen Sacramento Police Department officers.


“His life made a difference,” said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.


Chief Todd Sockman, Galt Police Department, spoke about the family of law enforcement and the family that includes the community.


“As a family, we can get through this,” he said.


Following the guest speakers, the name of each of the 39 fallen officers was called, with a moment of silence, and the placement of a yellow rose on each memorial plaque by members of each respective agency. Each officer was honored with a white-gloved salute by a member of his agency.


Sheriff Jones said of 4 ½ year veteran Mark Stasyuk, that he “exemplified what it meant to be a law enforcement officer.”

   
Yellow roses were presented to members of the Stasyuk family who carried the flowers and placed them on his memorial.


Following a moment of silence, the rider-less horse was led in and through the memorial, a bugler played “Taps,” followed by a 21-gun salute, and a flyover of helicopters in the missing flyer formation.


“If one member suffers, all suffer together,” said Sacramento Police Officer William J. Conner in the benediction. “We are all part of something greater than ourselves.”


For additional information, visit: http://www.sacmemorial.org/.

 

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