Tag: Martinez Police Department

Message from the Chief of Police, Sept. 2018

Message from the Chief of Police, Sept. 2018

| September 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

By MANJIT SAPPAL Martinez Chief of Police MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– This month our community celebrated another successful National Night Out and every year the event gets better and better! We saw an incredible turn out at various locations and it was a great opportunity for the community to come together and support one another. National […]

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Officers, others remember Sgt. Starzyk’s sacrifice

Officers, others remember Sgt. Starzyk’s sacrifice

| September 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– Between the solemn sound of a bagpipe to the somber notes of “Taps,” Martinez Police Sgt. Paul Starzyk was praised Thursday by Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal and remembered by former chief, Tom Simonetti, who recalled Starzyk’s humor and dedication. “He made a difference,” Sappal said. “He gave his own life.” Ten […]

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Fallen MPD sergeant to be remembered Thursday in ceremony

Fallen MPD sergeant to be remembered Thursday in ceremony

| September 2, 2018 | 1 Comment

MARTINEZ, Calif. – It’s been 10 years since Martinez Police Sgt. Paul Starzyk answered a call for help when an armed man terrorized patrons of a hair salon as he sought out his estranged wife and entered a nearby apartment. Starzyk was trying to save the five in the apartment when he was killed by […]

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Suspect arrested after incident near Vicente High School

| August 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Martinez Police Departmen press release: On Friday, August 24th, 2018, at about 1:54pm, the Martinez Police Department (MPD) Dispatch Center received a call from a staff member at Vicente High School reporting that a juvenile student had just been threatened by an adult male who was holding a razor at the time of the confrontation. […]

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Police blotter for July 16- 31

| August 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

On July 16th at 12:16 am Officer Breinig was dispatched to the railroad tracks near Ferry Street for a Red Honda that was stuck on the tracks. The car was unoccupied. Dispatch contacted the registered owner who stated that the car had been stolen in Concord. Officer Breinig recovered the car and it was towed […]

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Message from the Chief of Police, Aug. 2018

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Over the last few weeks we have seen an uptick in thefts from vehicles and one of the common themes has been that items of potential value have been left in vehicles. When items are left in view, it can serve as an opportunity for a thief to break into your car. Taking a few […]

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Letter to the Editor: Underpaid and Understaffed Martinez Police Department

Letter to the Editor: Underpaid and Understaffed Martinez Police Department

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Why did it take 2 ½ years, after the post below, for the City Council to give our Martinez Police Officers a “special” 8% pay increase (March 2018)? Their pay, after this pay increase, is still far below that of comparative cities. Our Police Department continues to be severely understaffed and this is the City […]

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Martinez to celebrate ‘National Night Out’

Martinez to celebrate ‘National Night Out’

| August 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

MARTINEZ, Calif. ­­– In the 1970s, a community watch volunteer working in a Philadelphia, Pa., suburb realized that neighborhood watch groups needed to communicate better with each other. Then the volunteer, Matt Peskin, decided even more was needed – a get-acquainted celebration. His idea of block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other events that brought […]

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Police blotter for July 1 – 15

| July 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

On July 1st at 2:39 am, officers responded to the closed Chevron gas station at 6606 Alhambra Avenue for a front glass break alarm. Upon arrival, a front window was smashed and cigarette cartons were in the parking lot. The area was searched and the suspect was not located. Cigarettes and numerous rolls/displays of CA […]

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Police blotter for June 16-30, 2018

| July 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

On June 16th at 8:00 a.m., Sergeant Gaul located a reported stolen vehicle parked behind the post office on Alhambra Avenue. The victim said the suspect was her neighbor and the vehicle had been returned, but it had not been removed from SVS. Case# 18-1408. At 1:27 p.m. officers responded to Safeway for a shoplift […]

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