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Petty Officer Raul Guerra Comes Home

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On October 8, 1967, Petty Officer Raul Guerra was one of five members of the United States Navy who died in a plane crash near Da Nang Province in Vietnam.  At the time of the crash, recovery efforts were thwarted due to the terrain and weather. 

Raul is a native of Montebello, CA born in 1942. He attended Eastmont Elementary and Montebello High School where he met his childhood best friend, Ruben Valencia, a former Marine and veteran of the Vietnam War.  Raul joined the Navy in 1966 as a Navy Journalist and he was assigned to the USS Oriskany in Vietnam. 

Ruben Valencia has been working diligently with the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense Prisoner of War Missing in Action (DOD POW/MIA) Accounting Agency (DPAA) to bring him home. In 2007 Raul's remains were located. Twelve years later, his remains were positively identified and now he is home. 

Raul was laid to rest at Rose Hills Cemetary today. Ruben Valencia, who now lives in Pico Rivera and whose backyard overlooks Rose Hills Cemetary will be able to visit and sit with his friend.

The Montebello Police Department was honored to be able to assist with the homecoming of Petty Officer Raul Guerra and laying him to rest. I was fortunate enough to participate in today's events and had the pleasure to meet Ruben. We shared a hug and a few words about his friend. 

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NOV
20

Safe Exchange Zone

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The Montebello Police Department is happy to announce a new program called the “Safe Exchange Zone”.

Safe Exchange Zones are designed to increase safety for individuals buying and selling goods through websites such as Craigslist, Offer Up and Facebook's Marketplace. There will be designated parking stalls at the Montebello Police Department for individuals to complete these types of transactions, without the fear of being robbed for their property or money or the fear of violence. 

The City of Montebello and other cities have experienced numerous violent crimes during private party exchanges.  These exchanges began as private party transactions where citizens have agreed to meet in a retail center parking lot or at a private residence.  These cases involved the seller intentionally luring the buyer or seller to these locations with the intent to rob them.

Beginning today, the Montebello Police Department will designate two parking stalls in the public parking lot of the Police Department located at 1600 West Beverly Boulevard. The parking stalls will be well lit at night and marked with signage that indicates the stalls are for the purpose of Safe Exchange. The parking stalls may be monitored by surveillance cameras and/or officers at all times.

The Montebello Police Department encourages anyone meeting a buyer or seller to take advantage of the Safe Exchange Zone at Montebello PD as a safe alternative to conduct private party transactions. 

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OCT
16

How to Become a Montebello Police Officer

The Montebello Police Department is continually processing applications for careers as a Montebello Police Officer.  Please read the below information entirely to ensure you are applying for the correct position. 

Positions:

There are three (3) categories for careers as a Montebello Police Officer.  A description of each type and some of the different qualifications for each category includes but is not limited to:

●          Police Officer Trainee - This is the beginning level law enforcement work for purpose of training to become a sworn police officer. You will be sent to a police academy for basic instruction.   This position requires no previous police experience.

●          Police Officer (Pre-Service) - Must have satisfactorily completed a P.O.S.T. approved basic academy or be enrolled in one at the time of application.  (PROOF REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION.)  

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JUN
28

Enjoy The 4th of July With Safe and Sane Fireworks

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An average of over 18,000 fires are sparked each year in the U.S. by fireworks. Did you know that sparklers burn hot enough to melt some metals? These are just two facts about the use of legal and illegal fireworks from the state of California Fire Marshalls. "Safe and Sane" fireworks are the only fireworks allowed in California. If you are using "Safe and Sane" fireworks, we ask that you always follow the directions and have adult supervision. 

California has zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other fireworks that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner. If you do not see the Safe and Sane" seal on the fireworks, they are illegal to possess, sell and or transport in the state of California. If you are in possession of illegal fireworks, they will be confiscated and you may be cited and or arrested. Officers will be on the lookout for illegal fireworks. 

 

As California Health and Safety Code 12700(b)(1) reads,

(b) A person who violates any provision of this part or any regulations issued pursuant to this part, by possessing dangerous fireworks shall be subject to the following:

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MAY
30

Information Wanted for The Murder of Randall Fletcher

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The Montebello Police Department is seeking information regarding the murder of Randall Fletcher. 

On April 21, 2018, at approximately 4:30 PM officers responded to Ashiya Park, located at 2700 W. Beverly Blvd in the city of Montebello regarding a man down.  Upon officers arrival, they located a man down in the grass area next to the playground with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the back of his head. The victim was later identified as Randall Fletcher. After being treated at the scene by medical personnel he was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

Investigators from the Montebello Police Department are seeking the publics help with any information that may assist them with this investigation. If you have any information that may assist investigators with this crime, please call or email Detective Paul Antista at (323) 887-1249 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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23

Click It or Ticket Campaign

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As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for Californians. Each year, the highways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to start their summer vacations. To help keep drivers and passengers safe, Montebello Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. The national seat belt campaign will take place May 21 through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season.

Montebello Police Department will deploy additional officers during the two-week campaign on special traffic patrols specifically to stop and ticket both drivers and passengers for failing to use the vehicle’s safety belt restraints.  This will also include drivers who fail to secure children in the proper child restraint seats.

“Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car,” said Chief B. Keller of the Montebello Police Department. “But it’s more than that. Buckling up is the law. Our law enforcement personnel see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life and injuries at the scene of a crash. Often, deaths could have been prevented and injuries reduced with the simple click of a seat belt. This should be automatic.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Police, Sheriff, and the CHP will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In California, the minimum penalty for a seat belt violation is $162.

 “This Memorial Day period and, in fact, every day, we want everyone in every vehicle to remember that buckling up could be their greatest defense in a crash,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Putting on a seat belt is one of the quickest, simplest and most effective ways to ensure you and your loved ones remain safe and sound on the road.”

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Montebello Police Department's Citizens' Academy

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The Police Department is proud to offer a Citizens' Police Academy to the Montebello community. This program is both engaging and informative and is designed to increase understanding of the Police Department's operations. It also allows our community members the opportunity to interact with our outstanding personnel.  Some of the topics covered include: 

  • Patrol Operation
  • Investigations
  • Gangs
  • K9 Program 
  • Dispatch 
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Narcotics
  • Evidence 
  • Special Response Team (SRT)    

 Students will participate in informative classroom-style presentations as well as practical demonstrations with a variety of Police Department personnel.  Activities include a police facility tour, a jail tour, simulated exercises, firearms instruction, fingerprinting and crime scene investigation, and other demonstrations.  

Instructors are drawn from all areas in the Department. Students meet the Chief of Police, Captains, managers, supervisors, patrol officers, detectives, dispatchers, and other department employees. We encourage students to ask questions and express their concerns about pertinent issues. A major goal of the Citizens' Academy is to increase understanding between our community and the Police Department and to enhance the strong relationships we have with the community.

While the Academy will give students a better understanding of how the Police Department is organized, the services we provide, and how we serve the community, it is not based on a traditional police academy.  The program is not designed to prepare students to be police officers or provide training in the field of law enforcement. A typical Citizens' Academy class is made up of 20-25 students of all age groups, and instructors will accommodate any physical limitations.

The Academy is 7 weeks long, with one two and a half-hour class each Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All classes are held at the police department (1600 W. Beverly Blvd).

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12

Telecommunications Week

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"Between the thin red line and the thin blue line lies the thinnest gold line. This gold line represents those who are rarely seen but mostly heard. The calm voice in the dark night; the golden glue that holds it all together - Dispatchers"

In 1994, “National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week” was formally recognized by Congress and is celebrated each year during the second full week of April to coincide with National 9-1-1 Education Month.

Montebello runs a 24 hour 7 day a week operation, dispatchers are truly first responders as they answer the phone calls of the public who need help, it could be their worst day and too often is.  They prioritize calls for service while they dispatch officers, who also rely on their accuracy, and expertise in understanding what they need just by the tone of their voice.  They are a fine-tuned and meshed unit that finds pride in a job well done, they want everyone to go home safe and not just our dispatchers or the officers we hold so dear, they want citizens to feel a sense of safety in the community where they live.

“We know people we’ve never seen, addresses we’ve never been, we feel the impact of every call and we will help those we will never meet.  We are 911 dispatchers.”-  Author unknown.

“We celebrate our dispatchers with gifts, flowers, and well wishes but what we really want to express is just how important they are to this department, the oil that makes this machine run,” says Communications Supervisor, Diane Marquez.  

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Ten Years Ago Hands-Free Driving Became a Law: Challenges Remain

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Montebello CA. – Drivers are using their cell phones less often while driving, 10 years after “hands-free” became the law, but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in California.  Observing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the first week in April as California Teen Safe Driving Week, safety advocates will focus on education and enforcement efforts statewide. 

The Montebello 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 5th and 13th have been designated as the two statewide enforcement dates 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.

Since 2011, OTS has conducted an observational study of handheld cell phone use every year.  “This year’s study on the use of handheld cell phones and texting shows a decrease over past years; however, more work needs to be done to target those who were observed to still be breaking the law,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “The best way to put an end to distracted driving is to educate all Californians about the danger it poses. We will do this through enforcement and education efforts like our new advertising campaign “Just Drive”, reminding drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road.”

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MAR
22

In an Emergency . . .

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In an emergency, there are several things you should do in order to remain informed. Always monitor the news closely, whether you watch TV, listen to the radio or monitor social media. During an emergency, rest assured that the Montebello Police Department will do our best to keep you updated on Nixle, Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram. For up to date information, however, we recommend you monitor Nixle and Twitter primarily. Keep in mind though we do not have a 24 hour around the clock social media team, unfortunately. If you know an emergency has occurred and you do not see us pushing out any information on social media, then refer to traditional media for updates. 

It's important that you are prepared to leave your home immediately if an evacuation is ordered. You should have a "Go Bag" ready to go at a moments notice. A "Go Bag" can be a duffle bag, suitcase, or anything that can carry your essentials. If you are wondering what you should put in your "Go Bag," click here to read an article from LifeHacker.   

In the case of heavy rains, stay away from flood channels and riverbeds, such as the Rio Hondo River Bed. You could easily be knocked off of your feet in as little as 6 inches of water. Don't try to cross flooded areas and never enter moving water. Stay away from steep slopes that may become unstable when saturated. If you are trapped in your vehicle, stay with it. If possible, relocate to the hood if water continues to rise.

Never touch a downed power line, which can cause serious injury or death. Call 9-1-1 to report it. If you are in a vehicle that knocks down a power line, do not exit the vehicle, there is a good chance you will be safer inside the vehicle then if you exit it. Be alert when driving. Roads may become blocked or closed due to hazards.

Report small problems as soon as they occur so they don't turn into bigger problems. When in doubt, report it. It's better to be safe than sorry. 

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MAR
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Welcome Our Newest Employees

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On Wednesday, March 14th, Chief Brad Keller, and the Montebello Police Department were excited and proud to be able to swear in our two newest employees, Police Officer Christopher Powers and Property & Evidence Technician Michelle (Shelly) Marie McKeever.

Christopher Powers is a legacy here at the Montebello Police Department. His dad, Craig Powers retired as a Sergeant from our department several years ago. In 2011 Chris was hired as a Community Service Officer performing basic patrol functions as a report writer as well as other basic law enforcement functions. He then left Montebello in order to focus on his education and complete his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. Upon completing his education, Chris attended the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Academy and graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, 209th Session. We were very excited to be able to hire him while he was in the academy and watch him graduate in the Montebello blues. Please welcome Chris to our family as he begins his long-awaited career in law enforcement.

Michelle McKeever is a humanitarian born and raised in Southern California. After finding a love for the world of forensics, Michelle graduated from the California State University of Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. She also attended two academies for training in all aspects of forensics. Meantime, she worked with the homeless in Los Angeles then moved to India for a short period of time to work with a non-profit whose mission was to bring jobs to women lacking an education. After returning home, Michelle became an active attendee to the Southern California Association of Fingerprint officers and is a member of the International Association for Identification, International Association for Property & Evidence Inc. and the International Crime Scene Investigator Association. Michelle is elated to finally serve the community of Montebello with the honor and integrity. 

If you see our new employees around town, please welcome them. To watch the full video, watch below.

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MAR
16

Please Welcome Our Newest Police Chief

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Brad Keller has been appointed as the Montebello Police Department’s eleventh Police Chief since the City incorporated in 1920.   

Chief Keller started his law enforcement career with the Montebello Police Department in 1991 as a police officer after graduating from Rio Hondo College Police Academy.  In 1995 he was promoted to senior officer.  He was promoted to sergeant in 2001, promoted to lieutenant in 2008, and promoted to captain in 2011.    

His previous assignments, as an officer and supervisor, include; Patrol, Field Training Officer, Range Master, Use of Force Instructor, Major Traffic Collision Investigations, Motor Officer, Gang Unit, Major Narcotics Investigations, General Investigations, and Administration.  

Chief Keller was the commanding officer of Investigations and Support Services from 2011 to 2015 and was the Patrol Services Commander at the time of this appointment. 

Chief Keller attended West Covina High School, East Los Angeles College and the University of Phoenix. His advanced law enforcement training includes; the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Management School, Los Angeles Police Department “West Point” Leadership Program, Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Executive Development Course, Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy and other advanced law enforcement training.  He received his Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory and Management certificates from the California Police Officer's Standards and Training.

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MAR
14

This St. Patty's Day, Don't Rely on the Luck o' the Irish

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Montebello, CA — St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. With a plethora of Irish immigrants—and many, many more St. Paddy’s Day well-wishers, the holiday is heavily celebrated by most Americans with friendly pinches, bangers n’ mash, and green beer galore. Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head home. 

In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18) nationwide. The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever. For this reason, Montebello Police Department is working to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving. Even one drink can be one too many. If you’re heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

The Montebello Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during the hours of 7:00 PM and 3:00 AM. 

Police, Sheriff, and the CHP will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.  

In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  The Montebello Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.  Marijuana use can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

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FEB
21

New Department Website

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The Montebello Police Department is excited to announce the release of its all-new website. The goal of the new website is to make it even easier to find the important resources you need and better share useful information.  Now you can find crime stats, file online reports, request extra patrol and vacation watches all in one place.  The new website also gives great insight into the inner workings of each bureau such as uniformed patrol, records, and police explorers.

Amongst the many new features of the site includes links to our many social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Nixle. You can also now subscribe to crime alerts, department news and safety tips right on our website to help keep you informed. We will be constantly updating the site with helpful information, blog articles and fun stories about what’s happening in your community. We are also working to develop a comprehensive neighborhood watch page that will have all the resources you need to develop a neighborhood watch program for your neighborhood.

We hope you find the new website useful and informative. We appreciate any feedback you have so we can continue to make improvements that matter to you. If you have any thoughts please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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MAY
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Identity Theft Prevention Tips

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Take steps to protect yourself from identity theft: Secure your social security number (SSN). Don't carry your social security card in your wallet or write your number on your checks. Only give out your SSN when absolutely necessary. Don't respond to unsolicited requests for personal information (your name, birthdate, social security number, or ban...
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MAY
27

Package Thefts

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There are several key times each year when people spend time shopping in stores and online for the perfect gifts for their loved ones, or themselves. While it is easy to get caught up in the fun of it all, it is important to remember that with increased purchasing comes heightened risk of theft. Thieves on the prowl throughout the holiday and tax s...
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