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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

 Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009


IN THIS ISSUE ~ click on link to go directly to section


:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: Life Safety/Occupancy Enforcement

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: RBNW/RBPD Crime Log

:: YOUR QUESTIONS, OUR ANSWERS! ~ HBNW members ask us questions


:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ February 21st class. Block Captain's encouraged to sign up!

:: C.E.R.T. ~ Community Emergency Response Team


:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: VIP's ~ Doing great work on our community!

:: How will YOU communicate after the Internet, phone & cell lines go down?


:: IDENTIFY YOUR UTILITY VALVES ~ Accurate Emergency Services




:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

:: LOCAL SUPPORT ~ Fire Extinguishers, Tac Weld and GELATO!



Volunteer Thank You


We would like to acknowledge and thank five HB residents for signing up to take the Redondo Beach C.E.R.T. class starting this Thursday!  We appreciate that Redondo Beach Fire Chief Dan Madrigal and the City of Redondo Beach give this opportunity to Hermosa Beach residents.


DeWayne Reedy

Scott Bozeman

Olivia Reissig

Max Reissig 

Kathy Cook


See CERT section below to sign up for final class of the year.


Project Forward - the future of Hermosa Schools?
The Project Forward commission, formed by the Hermosa Beach City Council and City School District is charged to engage the community and publish a set of guiding principles that shape future policy decisions in Hermosa schools.
The commission is organized into sub-committees for Community Relations, Peer Analysis, Curriculum and Finance.
A survey (questionnaire) has been released this week to gather input on community awareness and perceptions.  The survey will be available at the City website, school website, City Hall, the City Library and both school offices. 
Town Forums have been scheduled February 4, March 4 and April 1.
Project Forward Commission meetings are open to the public and occur on the 2nd Monday of the month, through May 2009.
All Forums and meetings occur at 7 pm in the Hermosa City Council Chambers at 1315 Valley Drive.

Please print and return by mail, or drop off at City Hall, the Public Library, or either View or Valley office. Online survey is coming soon.
Please VIEW AND PRINT the survey now. 

HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster preparedness neighborhood program. 


To view all Active Blocks in HBNW, click here.

If you have not had an INTRODUCTION Block Meeting, your block is not considered an active block in HBNW.  You may have volunteered to be your block's captain and receive the HBNW E-Mails.  However, we do not know if you are connected to your residents until you have had this meeting.  Please e-mail us today if you have not had it.


 Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings



Feb 4

Anne Sassano

800-900 block of 15th Street 

Feb 11
Angie Marer
Gould Terrace

Feb 18
Sanja Randall
1100 - 1200 block of 7th Street

Feb 25
Steve Silver
900 - 1000 block of  16th Street

MARCH 2009

Mar 14  St. Patrick's Day Parade (Saturday)  3rd Year HBNW Anniversary

Mar 18

Cathy Lieb

Valley Park Ave.

Mar 25  

Maggie Dettelbach

1100-1200 block of 9th Street


APRIL 2009


Apr 1

Tamra Blair

600 - 700 block of 11th Street


Apr 29

Barbara York

24th Street/Hillcrest Drive Cul-de-Sac


HB Disaster Preparedness Logo


EmerPlanChecklist - Block Captain's may want each household to print this (or variation of) and give to them after a disaster.  The Block Captain will relay this information to the Amateur Radio operator assigned in your area.
1.      Are there any injuries? How serious? How many? Do you or someone in your          family need immediate medical attention?

2.      Do you smell gas? Is the gas working in your home?

3.      Do you have phone service? Have you confirmed this? Landline or cell?

4.      Do you have power? Have you confirmed this?

5.      Any structural damage? How serious?

6.      Can you stay in your home tonight? Do you need temporary housing?

7.      Do you have food and water for 72 hours?

8.      Are any of your neighbors injured? Do any or your neighbors need medical attention?

9.      Do you have transportation?

10.    Are you able to accompany a party to check on others?

After this initial feedback, more information can be collected later about neighbor's needs re: food, shelter, etc  

911 Call Process

Let's take a typical 9-1-1 call to report a suspicious person. When you call 9-1-1, computerized databases maintained by your phone company provide the phone number you are calling from and the location of the phone. If the telephone is a payphone, the database will indicate that to the dispatcher. If you are calling from a business, it indicates the name of the business. However, the information may not be accurate if you have moved recently, changed telephone numbers, or are calling from a Centrex or PBX phone. The dispatcher needs to verify your phone number and your address.


In addition to verifying your phone number and address, the dispatcher (call taker) will verify where help is needed. You could be calling from home to report a suspicious person poking around next door, when your neighbor is not home. In that case, you will be asked if you know your neighbor's address. If you do not know the address, you may be asked the color of the house, the proximity of the home in relation to your home.


Questioning will follow a distinct pattern of WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHO, WHY AND WEAPONS. Additional questions will be asked to gather specific details. Now that we know where, what are they doing? Looking over the fence? Trying to force the window on the side of the house? Going into the backyard? It's all very important if responding officers are going to catch the person.


Just as soon as you answer the WHAT and WHERE, the call taker can enter a call and another dispatcher can be dispatching officers. Then comes the WHO. Do you know the person? If you don't, you will need to describe them. Describing a person is not as easy as it sounds. Think of it this way--what is going to draw the eye first? The answer--larger objects and colors. If there is more than one WHO, describe one completely before moving on to the next. A good dispatcher will walk you through the description step-by-step. All additional information gathered is relayed to responding officers.


You may or may not know the WHY. If you don't, it's ok, but most people have a general feeling about what someone is up too. Do you think it's the boyfriend of the teenage girl trying to sneak in? Do you think it's a burglar trying to get in? Do you think it's the ex-husband up to no good? Let us know. You would be surprised how often you are right.


A little excited when you call in? It's OK. Just take a deep breath and relax. The dispatcher is there to help you. We just need you to help us by being our eyes and ears.

Describing a Person

Dispatchers will ask many questions but some of the most important relate to descriptions. Dispatchers cannot see or hear what you, the caller, can. The dispatcher needs the caller to "paint a picture" with words; a picture that can be relayed to the responding public safety personnel.


There are certain questions that a dispatcher will ask regarding person descriptions. These descriptions are then passed on to the responding officers so that they can identify the persons responsible for the crime.


The pictures on the right point out the method for describing a person and the manner in which the dispatcher will ask you to describe the person.


Other questions a dispatcher will ask are:









Facial Hair



Remember: Dispatchers will typically ask for clothing descriptions from head to toe and from the outside-in.



White male adult, late 50's, 6'/180 lbs, long gray hair, wire-rim glasses, mustache, blue baseball cap, glasses, brown jacket, white t-shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes.


Police 911 Process

Examples of calls for police assistance are:

Vehicle Break-In

Loud Music Complaint

Suspicious Person

Missing Person


Barking Dog

Drug dealing

And many, many more


Dispatchers follow a certain line of questioning to obtain information. For example:

What are you reporting?

Where did this occur?

When did this occur?

What is the phone number you are calling from?

Where are you now?

Are any weapons involved?

How many people are involved?

What is the specific location?

Has this happened before?

Are alcohol or drugs involved?

What is happening now?

Are you hearing or seeing anything?

Are there any dangerous or vicious dogs or animals in the area?

Are there any hazards in the area?

Do you want to be contacted by an officer?


We take that information and create what is called a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) "Incident". This information is entered and viewed by the "Radio Dispatcher". The Radio Dispatcher reads the call and determines if an officer is available to take the call.


Dispatch is like an emergency room at a hospital. They work on the patients that are currently there. But if a more serious case comes in (victim of a gunshot), they have to drop what they are doing and work on that person that requires immediate attention. So if you make a request for an officer and it is superceded by a higher priority call, you may have to wait.


Please remember to listen to the dispatcher's questions and answer them as accurately as possible. When the dispatcher is entering your information into the computer, there is a format they must follow. This ensures the calls sent to the radio dispatchers have uniform information that is easy to read. This also allows them to give the officer on the radio the correct information in the correct order.

Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe environment.


Report Crime - Don't assume that your neighbors have already reported the crime or that the police already know. Report criminal or suspicious activity each and every time it occurs.


DIRECT HB Dispatch Number 


Reasons for calling the non-emergency number include, but are not limited to the following:


  • You want to report a nuisance, such as a noise or parking complaint.
  • To report a non-emergency crime, one that did not just occur, and the
    suspect(s) are not in the immediate area.
  • You have questions about something suspicious occurring in your
    neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal activity.
  • Solicitor just came to your door or are in the neighborhood.
  • Trash diggers.

Be alert and observant wherever you are and learn to recognize signs of criminal behavior. Report all crime to the HBPD even if it is only an attempt. Crime cannot be controlled or prevented if it is not reported. By reporting crimes and suspicious activities you can protect yourself and others.


If you are in another city in the South Bay, these are their direct dial phone numbers to their PD/FD dispatch. 


El Segundo Dispatch  310-524-2760

Manhattan Beach Dispatch 310-545-4566

Palos Verdes Dispatch 310-378-5211

Redondo Beach Dispatch 310- 379-5411

Torrance Dispatch 310-320-2611


If you are in a city that you do not know or are on the freeways, call 9-1-1 and your call will be routed to the appropriate call center.





Business owners need to be alert to anyone coming to their offices, stores, or restaurants to service their fire extinguishers, or to perform service on the hood and duct systems over the cooking areas or conducting service to automatic sprinkler systems.  There have been reports throughout California, including our area, of representatives from some fire protection companies using high-pressure sales tactics and other methods to convince the business owner to buy their services.


Representatives of some of these companies may:

  • Wear uniforms with patches similar to those worn by fire department staff and give the impression that they are from the fire department.
  • Claim that they are fire marshals and are authorized to close the business if not allowed to do an inspection of their fire protection systems and make subsequent repairs.
  • Claim they are there to service the fire extinguishers or hood and duct systems prior to the service date of the devices.
  • Claim they are there to provide service on extinguishers or hood and duct systems that have previously been serviced by another company.


The Hermosa Beach Fire Department does not endorse, recommend, or send any fire extinguishing or fire protection service companies to a local business.  It is up to the business owner to seek those services when needed.  There are several reputable companies to choose from.  Get bids from these reputable companies and choose the one you want.  Be sure that the service person has proper identification and is from the company that you selected.  Do not permit a service company to provide services that you did not request or that is not required.


Fire extinguishers are required to have a maintenance inspection conducted annually.  Kitchen hood and duct systems are required to be serviced every six months.  Fire sprinkler systems are required to be serviced every five years.


We want your business to be safe for your employees and customers.  Fire protection systems and fire extinguishers that are properly installed and serviced can save lives and protect property.




Every Monday, Kelly views the HBPD Daily Activity Logs for the prior week.  With the assistance of Ofc. JR Smith or Lt. Tom Thompson, we select crimes that our residents can learn from in order to TARGET HARDEN their home, car or neighborhood.  This is a tool that is used to inform you about how the crime occurred, time of day and if there are any suggestions for the resident to learn from the crimes selected to further secure their home or car. 

For those of you that are interested in seeing the monthly crime statistics for all crimes in HB, please click the link below. 


Hermosa Beach Police Department Monthly Report 

Thanks for your interest in the tools that we provide to you through HBNW and our unique partnership with the HB Police Department.  




This is a SAMPLE COPY of what a SOLICITOR PERMIT looks like for your reference. 
(In the past, an application was signed by the City Manager, Steve Burrell and was used as the PERMIT.  NOW, the city ONLY issues a permit that looks like this below).    




Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 to Sunday Feb. 1, 2009


AREA 1  

 BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo St.)



 GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan border)



 RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)

Abbreviations Used by Officers:
RP    Reporting Party
UTL    Unable to Locate
GOA    Gone on Arrival
FI    Field Identification Card is information taken "in the field" on a person; such as name, address, distinguishing marks, clothing if needed for future contact.

NRD    No Report Desired

Tuesday 1-27-09
Area 1
459 PC                1114 Hermosa Ave                            Commercial Burglary
The business at the location was burglarized. The suspect(s) entered the business via a window located on the roof. Cash was taken from the cash drawers. Several latent prints were obtained and the report is currently with the detectives. 
Area 3
484 PC                2000 block of Hillcrest                         Theft
There was a subject going through recyclables in the area. The area was checked and the subject was UTL / GOA.
Area 1
484 PC                 400 block of Hermosa Ave                 Theft
There was a subject going through recyclables in the area. The area was checked and the subject was located. He was advised of the violation and sent on his way.
Wednesday 1-28-09
Area 2
484 PC                 2900 block of Hermosa Ave              Theft
There was a subject going through recyclables in the area. The area was checked and the subject was UTL / GOA. The officer was on scene when the call came out, it is unknown where the subject went so fast.

Thursday 1-29-09
Area 1
459 PC                 414 2nd St                                          Burglary
Storage unit in parking garage broken into.  Bolt cutters left at scene.  Two bicycles stolen from storage unit.
Area 1
484 PC                 600 block of 9th St                             Theft
UPS package apparently stolen from front porch by unknown suspect.  Occurred around Jan 16th.
Area 2
Solicitor                  25th and Ardmore                            Solicitor
Solicitor in the area.  Subject had proper license.  Advertising for local business.
Area 2
Solicitor                  3400 block of Palm Dr                   Solicitor
Solicitor in the area.  Subject contacted and advised of the city requirements.
Friday 1-30-09
Area 1  
459 PC                   400 block of 2nd St                       Vehicle Burglary
A vehicle was broken into in the area. A gym bag, remote, cables and $26.00 was taken. The car may have been unlocked. This occurred between 1-18-09 and1-19-09.   
Area 2
484 PC                  300 block  of 32nd St                     Theft
Scavenger advised re: taking recyclables not permitted in the city. 


Courtesy of the HB Fire Chief, David Lantzer 
HBFD personnel conducted more formal occupant load checks this weekend, specifically on Sunday during the Super Bowl to ensure that load limits were being complied with.  One establishment was near capacity but never exceeded it and maintainedtheaisles and exits.  In summary, there were no occupant loadviolations noted and no complaints thereof were received.
The inspections are designed to check for overcrowding and to ensure proper exit signs, lights, pathways, doors and door hardware are maintained pursuant to the Fire Code.  

It is the responsibility of the business owner or manager to maintain an accurate occupancy load count at all times that is at or below the approved capacity; and to ensure aisles, exit signs, exit passageways and exit doors are maintained at all times.



Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 


Area 5
01/31/09 - 02/01/09                   8:30 p.m. - 6:15 a.m.                 100 block of 21st Street
(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked and locked the vehicle to the rear of the residence. A valet key was left in the vehicle's ashtray. The victim returned to find the vehicle gone. Its unknown how the vehicle was taken and no suspects were seen or heard.
Area 7
01/29/09                                    11:58 p.m.                                 3300 block of Highland Avenue
(Grand Theft) At approximately 11:58 p.m. a female victim was approached by a male subject as she was walking southbound Highland Ave, talking on her cell phone. The victim felt someone tugging on her purse that she wore under her arm. The victim immediately reacted by turning around and, in doing, her purse ended up on the ground with its contents strewn about the ground. The unarmed suspect proceeded to pick up the loose cash and left the scene without further incident. No-one was injured as a result of the incident The victim did not call the police, but came to the station the following morning to report the incident.

 Area 3
1/28/09 - 1/29/09                       10 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.                    1700 block of Oak Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked her vehicle in front of her home but did not lock it. Unknown suspect(s) took a cell phone and charger that were left on the front seat area.
Area 8
1/28/09                                     6 p.m. - 10 p.m.                        1700 block of Gates Avenue
(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle on the street near his residence. He was informed by police officers who were detaining three burglary suspects that they found his license in the possession of one of the suspects. Several other items including a wallet had been taken from the center console of the vehicle. The suspects were arrested for this and other crimes.
Area 10
01/28/09                                    7 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.                       4000 blk El Porto Lot
(Vehicle Burglary)  The victim parked and locked her vehicle at the south end of the El Porto parking lot. She placed her key behind the fuel tank door. When she returned to her vehicle she noticed the front driver's side door was unlocked. Unknown suspect(s) stole her wallet out of her purse and the key to the vehicle.



Courtesy of Redondo Beach Neighborhood Watch and Police Department 


Please follow the link below to learn about recently published weekly crime information. 
If you see suspicious activity in our community immediately call 9-1-1 or (310) 379-5411 to report the activity to the Redondo Beach Police Department.  Please contact Officer Ian Miesen at or the Crime Prevention Information number at (310) 318-0612.
Thank you for your interest and partnership in keeping Redondo Beach safe.
To subscribe to City of Redondo Beach e-zine service, please go to





Thank you to HBNW Block Captain's for forwarding e-mail to us.  We are happy that HBNW promotes communication between the Block Captain and their neighbors and that it leads to a positive awareness for all of us.  If you send us your e-mail question or just awareness, please let us know if we can use your name or not.

Hi, We received a VERY impressive check and letter from Publisher's Clearing House, announceing that he is the Second place winner of the 7 million dollars ($7,000,000) Grand Prize Draw, sponsored by Reader's Digest Magazine.   As he has been ordering models, etc. from PCH over the years, the enclosed check is a real check from Union Bank of California in Pasadena, CA he thought it might be real!!!!  Suspicious as we are, after googleing and calling PCH Customer Service, we learned that it is a scam for sure!  They are working on the info we gave them.   The check is real for $5,890.00 to "cover outstanding fees"!!!  When it is deposited and found ISF, we would owe the bank the money, and they would have our account information!!!  OOPs!!!  Just found out more info, this is complicated.   Now must call for local investigator to report all this - to be continued!!!!   Publishers Clearing House is also following up and asked us to get more names and address information.  Tell you the whole story later. 


Just met with Officer J.R. Smith and we are filing a report with him when we get the additional information in the follow through.  They will tell us to whom and where to send the cash.  He said that he will get it sent out through the neighborhood watch reports.   A lot of folks are receiving these, just found out that my sister-in-law in Wenatchee, WA also was a big winner!!!  The same scam!!!  Officer Smith said that he usually finds out after folks lose their money.  It's very tempting to deposit the check, and it doesn't bounce initially!  


You may want to point out in your next NW letter where you'll put that link to FBI subscriptions, that the FBI does not send out emails relating to money.  In fact, the one yesterday looked so official that I did not click through the email but went through my browser to the FBI cyber crimes page to check it out and/or report it.  And lo and behold, a warning of a recent flood of fraudulent emails supposedly from the FBI was the first thing mentioned.  That's when I saw that you could sign up for notifications of various scams, computer virus threats etc.  We added this link in the HELPFUL WEBSITES section of HBNW E-Newsletter.


Flurry of Spam Targeting the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Consumers continue to be inundated by spam purportedly from the FBI. As with previous spam attacks, the latest versions use the names of several high ranking executives within the FBI and even the IC3 to attempt to defraud consumers.
Many of the spam e-mails currently in circulation claim to be an "official order" from the FBI's Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division, from an alleged FBI unit in Nigeria, confirm an inheritance or contain a lottery notification, all informing recipients they have been named the beneficiary of millions of dollars. To claim the large sum, recipients are instructed to furnish their personally identifiable information (PII) and are often threatened with some type of penalty, such as prosecution, if they fail to do so. Specific PII information requested includes, but is not limited to, the recipient's name, banking information, telephone number, and a copy of their passport.


The spam e-mail allegedly from the IC3 states that the recipient has extorted money and will be given a limited amount of time to refund the money or face prosecution.
Do not respond. These e-mails are a hoax.


The FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails of this nature. FBI Executives are briefed on numerous investigations but do not personally contact consumers regarding such matters. In addition, the IC3 does not send threatening letters to consumers demanding payments for Internet crimes.


Consumers should not respond to any unsolicited e-mails or click on any embedded links associated with such e-mails, as they may contain viruses or malware.





The Kids' Page is designed for children and their parents to learn more about the FBI through age-appropriate games, tips, stories and interactives. We also introduce you to our working dogs and show how FBI special agents and analysts investigate cases


FBI - Be Crime Smart


E-mail Updates from the FBI 


U.S. recession fuels crime rise, police chiefs say
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police chiefs in the United States say the economic downturn is fueling a rise in crime and warn that cuts to their budgets could handcuff their efforts to tackle it, according to a report on Tuesday. 
If you find yourself in a financial situation where you don't see a way out, there are hotlines, places of worship,  and neighbors that can help.
Suddenly on the skids
A major financial or personal blow can make obtaining just the necessities of life a challenge. Here's how to cope.


Video Games Hone Triage Skills




 Map Your Neighborhood Logo




1P.M. - 3:30P.M.



MYN materials, light snack, HBNW bottled water and a MYN bag (see below) provided when you pre-register.


Reserve your seat TODAY

"Map Your Neighborhood" (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters.  It is a program that HBNW has adopted and is mandatory that all Block Captains attend and implement on their street.


MYN will help you to:

         Learn the "9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster" to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.

         Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.

         Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas for quick response if needed.

         Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.

  Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.


Visit MorePrepared online to purchase the MYN bag 

for under your bed.  


MYN bag

This kit contains a hard hat (adjustable) and a pair of sturdy leather gloves with safety cuffs (size large) in a roomy drawstring bag.

Add your own personal items such as a pair of sturdy shoes, sweatshirt, flashlight etc. and store under your bed for an emergency. Every member of your household should have one. If an earthquake happens in the middle of the night, you can easily find your shoes and protect yourself from broken glass and falling debris.

Also keep your Map Your Neighborhood FLIP CHART/SHINGLE (obtained after you have a MYN block meeting ~ materials supplied by HBNW) containing contact and other valuable information for use during an actual emergency inside the bag so you can find it quickly when needed.

For any kit purchased from More Prepared, including the MYN bag, free shipping to HB residents applies when you enter Coupon Code MYN2008. 

For any other kit, please use Coupon Code HB2007.



The Map Your Neighborhood program was recently highlighted in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program's SeismicWaves May 2008 edition.

Neighbors prepare themselves for major disasters
State program helps train communities for emergencies




C.E.R.T. - Community Emergency Response Team


Hermosa Beach residents are invited to take this class offered by RB Fire Department.   This training is the perfect compliment to the Map Your Neighborhood program!


 C.E.R.T. Academy No. 41 - Sept. 10, 2009 to October 31, 2009  

A team of Redondo Beach firefighter instructors provide the training and will cover topics including disaster preparedness, CPR & First Aid, disaster medical operations, damage assessment, fire suppression, light search and rescue, disaster psychology & team organization.


Upon successfully completing the training, you will be registered as a C.E.R.T. volunteer with the Redondo Beach Fire Department. Registered volunteers are required to participate in future disaster preparedness training activities to maintain their volunteer status.

The fee is $40.00 per person. The fee includes a designated C.E.R.T. hard hat, CPR & First Aid certification, CPR pocket mask, photo identification card, training manual and graduation certificates. The C.E.R.T. Academy is taught Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and one Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during an eight-week period. 


Forms are available in Adobe Acrobat for your convenience. Click HERE to download.

If you are interested in participating or for additional information about the academy, please call Diane Hom at (310) 318-0663 ext. 4336. Please note that the academy will be limited to the first 40 individuals who respond.


To Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni association


To Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT information


This week's Planet Pals Green Tip is:

Building Green 



A link to the city web page for residents to go to add their phone number to the city telephone notification/information message system, Code Red. The link provides information about the system, how it will be used and allows residents to add their phone number so they will be in the system for city notifications.


The CodeRED system gives city officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages.
No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone. 


When you receive a call from CODE RED, the number will be displayed on your caller ID as (999)911-9999.









The Coordinators of the VIP's: Sgt. Robert Higgins, HBPD Ofc. Jaime Ramirez, Kelly Kovac-Reedy of HBNW and  Ken Hartley of HBARA.


Volunteers gain invaluable insights into our city's law enforcement system and how it works. Volunteers have the opportunity to improve the quality of their local law enforcement service through their work, their attitude, and ideas for improving programs. Our program increases community pride by allowing volunteers to serve as role models and most importantly, be part of a community program concerned with the common good and well being of the city we all love. So come and join the Hermosa Beach Police Department and the many others who donate their time in making our community a better place.


How To Get Involved
Interested in becoming a VIP? It's free, it's easy, and no experience is necessary. For more information, please send an email - we'd love to talk to you.


Volunteers participating in the VIP program will be required to complete an application and interview and successfully pass a background check.   Additional requirements for the VIP Patrol program consist of possessing a valid driver's license, being 18 years of age, in good physical health, and the desire to contribute a minimum of 10 hours per-month to the program.


Who is qualified to volunteer?
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and successfully meet the selection criteria of the Hermosa Beach Police Department's Volunteers in Policing Service program.


VIPs' Program Mission:

The VIPs' program mission is to support the Hermosa Beach Police Department's crime prevention efforts and to actively engage the community in our quality of life improvement initiatives.


In both the public and private sector, administrators are constantly seeking ways to enhance the effectiveness of their organizations. In the law enforcement profession, one way to do this is to recruit more officers. This, however, is not always feasible because of fiscal limitations. In Hermosa Beach, the Police Department has developed a way to maximize its service without incurring a substantial financial burden. The concept is simple: recruit volunteers from the community, train them in various police-related duties, and then allow them to function in direct support of Police Department staff. Hermosa Beach has proven to be an ideal environment for such a program since its citizens pride themselves in community involvement. Volunteers function as an auxiliary unit of the Police Department, with no powers of arrest beyond those of any private citizen. They serve as extra eyes, ears and helping hands. They carry no weapons, but they do have cellular phone/radios, which allows for direct communication with our dispatchers and police officers. This enables them to report any suspicious activity quickly so that an officer can investigate what might have otherwise gone unnoticed or unreported. V.I.P. volunteers will assume many tasks, which have previously been performed by paid police personnel. This program significantly enhances the Department's ability to focus sworn personnel on tasks, which volunteers cannot do. The volunteers will also undertake projects, which could not have otherwise been considered due to lack of manpower or resources.

Have the power to identify and address specific concerns and problems within your community.








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Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit Description:

The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit is a means by which a homeowner, tenant, or neighbor can easily locate their gas, water, and electrical mains and shut them off in case of a natural disaster or accidental emergency. Following the detailed instructions and utilizing the label page the consumer will transform the blank graph section of the laminated Map Page into a customized map of their property denoting the locations of their utility shut off valves and the electrical main shut off. The Location Signs are mounted at all three of the utility shut off locations with the included nylon zip ties. Due to the fact that some properties have different types of valves and or electrical systems, (5) five different laminated Location Signs are provided and a maximum of (3) three will be used. The kit is designed for homes, apartments, condominiums, and commercial buildings.The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit includes several pieces of original graphic artwork and are all included in this provisional patent application.

The Home-Savor Emergency Utility Shut Off Kit includes:

1.     (1) 8.5" x 11" Laminated Map Page.

2.     (1) 8.5" x 11" Label Page.

3.     (5) 2.5" x 3.5" (approximate size) Location Signs.

4.     (1) 11" x 17" Instruction Page.

5.     (1) Gas Valve Shut Off Wrench.

6.     (2) Nylon Zip Ties.

7.     (2 feet) of small link chain or elastic cord.

8.     (1) 2" x 2" (approximate size) piece of double face carpet tape to attach the electrical shut off instructions to the door of the electrical panel box.

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The Senior Disaster Supply program really took off for the first couple of months as we have delivered over 80 of the packs.  We hope to distribute the balance of the kits now through March 2009.  We are providing them to seniors that are home bound, have limited mobility, disability or have limited means.

The senior will call for a kit and then when we deliver the kit to them we explain each of the items and how it would be useful and that it is important to familiarize themselves with what is in the kit and how to use it.  Each has responded with gratitude for receiving such a thoughtful item hoping never to have to us it but glad we have made it available to them.

We have been able to connect several of the seniors with block captains so in addition to having the kit they have someone that will be able to check on them and help them if needed in a disaster situation.

We have delivered a kit to the two oldest residents in Hermosa Beach, they both happen to live on Prospect Ave within 1 block of each other.  The stories they can tell being 94 and 95 years old are amazing.


Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch and the newly established Hermosa Beach Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission applied for and received a Micro Enrichment Grant from the Beach Cities Health District. The grant will be used to purchase and distribute 138 Disaster Supply Fanny Packs to disabled and/or homebound seniors residing in Hermosa Beach.  

To apply please contact  or call 310-374-1828.


























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1068 Aviation Blvd
Hermosa Beach

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A HB business has offered a $20.00 special to HBNW residents for a TAC WELD to the Catalytic Converter on your car.  This is a crime that can happen in broad daylight without you even knowing it until you start your engine.  Then, you HEAR IT.  A TAC WELD is a means to impede the criminal who has just a wrench to losen the bolts.  HBPD has seen a change in the M.O. of the catalytic converter thefts recently. The new M.O. involves the thieves using a "Sawzall" to cut the exhaust pipe and remove the converter. Try the weld for $20.00 and then you will know that you did what you could to prevent the crime and make your car less of a target. 


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