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Happy holidays from the King City Police Department

Chief provides lots of timely reminders for a safe and secure season

Happy holiday season from the King City Police Department.

The police department continues to experience a steady number of calls for service. However, it appears that the number of calls continues to be less than this time last year. From a calls-for-service perspective, that is a good sign indicating a safer community.

The numbers for October 2015 versus October 2014 are provided below for a comparison:

In October 2014, there were 417 incidents, with 278 self-initiated and 139 calls for service; in October 2015, there were 415 total incidents, with 315 self-initiated and 100 calls for service, so the calls for service showed a decrease of approximately28 percent.

The exception to the calls-for-service decline was during Halloween eve, when officers responded to a significant number of calls relating to flooding due to the heavy rain and clogged storm drains. As a reminder, if you see storm drains clogged with leaves, take a moment and clear the grating. That will help both you and your neighbors.

Speaking to an officer

On occasion when you need to speak to an officer after normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) and it is not an emergency, you should call the dispatch non-emergency number at 503-629-0111 to request an officer contact. If you call the business number (503-620-8851) after normal business hours, your request may not be addressed for several hours or in some cases up to two days.

Always, if it is an emergency situation, call 911.

Studded tires in Oregon

Studded tires are legal in Oregon from Nov. 1 through March 31. Because of the damage that studded tires do to the roadways, the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages motorists to use studded tires only when necessary. Delaying putting on studded tires is helpful in maintaining the conditions of the streets and highways.

Information on the use of chains on vehicles can be found at HYPERLINK "http://www.tripcheck.com/pages.chain-law" www.tripcheck.com/pages.chain-law.

Holiday safety reminders

Like it or not, the holidays are upon us. So here are a few remainders just to get you in the spirit and provide a head start towards a safe season:

At home

If putting up lights, outside or inside, check the lights for frayed wires and overloaded circuits;

Keep your natural Christmas tree watered, and when it and any other natural decoration becomes too dry, remove the items from your home and recycle;

Be careful with holiday candles; don’t leave them lighted when away or asleep.

When shopping

While at the mall or store, be aware of the people around you;

Keep your purse or wallets away from strangers;

When you have a lot of packages, secure them in the trunk of your car and not inside the passenger compartment where others can see them;

When parking your vehicle, park in well-lighted lots or garages;

Beware of scams or people who may solicit monies or credit card numbers for charities plus holiday deals too good to be true;

Donate only to organizations that you are familiar with or have donated to in the past.

When celebrating

Eat and drink in moderation;

Use a designated driver or taxi when appropriate;

When driving, be alert of other celebrants who may not be as alert or prudent as you.

By remembering these few suggestions, you will be off to a great holiday.

Help line 211

Are you aware of 211? The 211 number is a community information and referral phone service, where people can find out about community resources, such as where to get flu shots, ask for assistance (hot meals, temporary shelter and food boxes) and where to get specialty services such as breast or cervical cancer screening. The 211 information program serves the greater Portland and Southwest Washington areas.

If the 211 number doesn’t work on your phone, don’t despair, you can contact the service by dialing 503-866-6155, text your zip code to 898211 or email HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A specialist will make contact within 24 hours. The office hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

This incident comes from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office newsletter for November.

It seems that a felon on parole had a desire to see his buddy who was lodged in the Washington County jail. However, once at the jail, he was refused visitation because he was a felon on parole. He then had a bright idea of requesting his arrest on a warrant; however, there was no warrant.

He then pulled out a knife and stated that he was a felon with a weapon. Again foiled, since the knife blade was legal, therefore not a weapon. Dejected, he left the jail only to be arrested several days later for violation of his parole. He was at last in jail but yet again foiled because he was placed in a different housing unit than his buddy, and as a result there was no opportunity to share time together.

Makes you wonder where some people come up with their bright ideas.

Until next time, be good, be neighborly and be safe.