By Christie Spurlock
Wheatland, CA (MPG) – Last year, the Wheatland Police Department participated in a number of crime prevention and community policing events. Through the generosity of former and current merchants, as well as individuals of Wheatland, the department was able to create a “Doing the Right Thing” program. Using a variety of gift cards provided, officers distributed them to adult and juvenile citizens “doing the right thing” by wearing bicycle helmets, using crosswalks, and obeying traffic laws.
Other community events the police department participated in were:
- Girl Scouts visited to learn about bike and helmet safety.
- The local 4-H group made blankets that were donated to the Department for use in situations involving children to provide comfort and warmth during what can be traumatic events.
- The Department was present at the Annual Pet Parade, giving away lighted dog bones provided by the Wheatland Lions Club and also offered ID/fingerprinting services.
- Officers enjoyed meeting the public at the annual Christmas tree lighting on Front Street.
- On-duty officers attended and participated in Renaissance rallies at Bear River School to support positive behavior and academic achievement.
- WPD’s basket donation to the annual Renaissance dinner raised $240 for the Renaissance program at Bear River and Wheatland Elementary Schools.
- The Department also participated in the Christmas Lunch Program during December 2014, along with other members of the community.
In total, the police department had 1,452 calls for service and 1,153 self-initiated calls for service last year, bringing the total to 2,965 calls.
Source: Wheatland Police Department’s 2014 Annual Report