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Introducing New Sgt. Cecilia Garay

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At last night's City Council Meeting, Chief Lisa Macias introduced new Brisbane Police Sergeant Cecilia Garay, who started in her new role with Brisbane in May.  Cecilia graduated from Jefferson High School and then joined the United States Army Reserves where she served for 6 years.  She completed her studies at Notre Dame University where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Human Services and a double major in Public Administration and Counseling.  After her service in the military, Cecilia began her law enforcement career with the Broadmoor Police Department as a Police Cadet/Explorer, and then as a Police Reserve Officer.  She later accepted a job as a police office for the Colma Police Dept., taking on responsibilities of Field Training Officer, Detective, Acting Sergeant, Community Service Coordinator, and Public Information Officer.  In 2012, she joined the Daly City Police Department as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Acting Sergeant, and served two terms as a Detective.  Cecilia comes to the Brisbane Police Department with over 20 years of law enforcement experience and we are lucky to have her on-board!

Increase in Parking Enforcement

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We have received a few questions from citizens regarding the increase in parking enforcement around the city.  Generally speaking, most of our parking enforcement efforts are complaint driven.  Some areas that we have been concentrating on are white line violations, vehicles that block the sidewalk, and vehicles making U-turns at Visitacion and Mariposa.  Also, we have received complaints about vehicles parked for extended periods in the 24 minute zones at the top of Visitacion.  In the case of vehicles parked on the sidewalks, we have done a number of outreach efforts in order to educate the public and attempt to gain compliance before resorting to enforcement.  It is our preference to educate first, but unfortunately that may not always be the case.  Our mission is to keep the roadways and sidewalks safe for those who travel them.  Most of the citations that we issue are for behavior that people know is illegal.  We ask that everyone be courteous to those around you when it comes to your parking and driving habits.  If we all take the time to do the right thing, our town will be safer and it will be less likely that anyone will receive a citation.  As always, please reach out to us directly with your questions or concerns at (415) 467-1212.  We are here to help!

Increased Traffic Enforcement on Bayshore

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On Wednesday, April 18th, the Brisbane Police Department along with officers from various law enforcement agencies throughout San Mateo County will be participating in the San Mateo County Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.).  The STEP program is a county collaboration to increase traffic safety and awareness in known trouble spots throughout San Mateo County.

Due to the number of continued complaints raised by residents of excessive speed violations on Bayshore Boulevard, S.T.E.P will conduct a Saturation Traffic Enforcement operation in our city.  Their focus will be on excessive speed violators and other traffic violations including cell phone use, seat belts and other dangerous violations.  Officers will be stopping vehicles as well as motorcycles and bicyclists.

The San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association are working together to collectively focus on reducing the number of injuries and traffic collisions throughout San Mateo County.

The agencies you may see participating with Brisbane PD include Belmont PD, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Burlingame PD, Colma PD, Daly City PD, East Palo Alto PD, Menlo Park PD, Foster City PD, Pacifica PD, Redwood City PD, San Bruno PD, San Mateo PD, San Mateo County Public Safety Communications, and South San Francisco Police.

The Law Concerning Recreational Marijuana

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2018 has brought about many changes, with one of the most important changes being the new laws concerning Recreational Marijuana.  According to the new state laws, you are not allowed to smoke marijuana in public places, or any place that the public has reasonable access to.  You are also prohibited from smoking marijuana or having an open container of marijuana inside a motor vehicle, both as a driver and/or passenger.  Being under the influence of marijuana while driving a motor vehicle constitutes driving under the influence (DUI).

In addition to state law, there are also local ordinances regarding the usage of marijuana.  According to our Municipal Code, recreational marijuana smoking is prohibited in all units/apartments, all unenclosed and enclosed common areas, and all other areas of a multi-unit residence.  In other words, smoking recreational marijuana is only allowed inside a detached single family home.  An exception is smoking medical marijuana per California Health and Safety Code Sections 11362.7, and doing so is permitted in a multi-unit residence.

Marijuana smoke produced in violation of the previously mentioned ordinances and state laws is considered a nuisance.  People found to be in violation of the ordinances and laws can be issued a citation starting at $100.00 for the first offense.

For more information regarding Tobacco and Marijuana ordinances for the City of Brisbane, please refer to 8.46 of the Brisbane Municipal Code or contact the Brisbane Police Department at (415) 467-1212.

Suspicious Death Investigation Update

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Press Release Update from the Brisbane Police Department (3/2/2016)

On February 28, 2016, additional remains were located along the shoreline near the Dumbarton Bridge. With this new evidence, the Alameda County Coroner’s Office was able to positively identify the remains found on February 21, 2016 near the Dumbarton Pier as belonging to Shelly Titchener. The identification was made by a fingerprint match. There are still remains yet to be discovered and recovered. We are not commenting any further on ...what parts of the remains are outstanding. There is no longer an active search for evidence or remains along the Fremont Shoreline.

The Brisbane Police Department is currently in the process of obtaining search warrants for computers and mobile devices belonging to both Shelly and Paul Titchener. The computers and mobile devices were taken from the home of Shelly and Paul Titchener and Paul Titchener’s business during the execution of search warrants on February 24, 2016.

Several items have been submitted to the San Mateo County Crime Lab for analysis. We do not have a timeline when the analysis will be complete.

Additionally, we are working on obtaining credit card and banking records for both Shelly and Paul Titchener for the days leading up to these events. Brisbane Police are also currently working on obtaining any license plate reader (LPR) information that is available to us from the surrounding bay area.

It was reported to us that Shelly was sighted at Nordstrom’s on February 15th. Video Surveillance footage has not substantiated that sighting. A neighbor also reported seeing Shelly on the 15th. We are still in the process of trying to verify that statement.

The Brisbane Police Department has enough information and evidence at this point to establish that Paul Titchener is a suspect in this case. We are not commenting on what information has led us to this determination. We are continuing to investigate whether or not Paul acted alone in this case.

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Press Release Update from the Brisbane Police Department (2/25/2016)

On Monday, February 15, 2016, the Brisbane Police Department received a report of a missing person.  Paul Titchener reported that his wife, Shelly Titchener, had left the house on Saturday, February 13, 2016, to spend some time with an unidentified friend and failed to return as expected.  Mr. Titchener told us that he was concerned as Shelly left home without her medication, cellphone, and had limited access to funds.  There has been no history of domestic violence between the two and no evidence of foul play at that time.

The Brisbane Police Department launched an investigation to attempt to locate Shelly Titchener, following up on all available leads.

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 8:16 p.m., the Fremont Police Department responded to a call of human remains found by people fishing near the Dumbarton Pier.  At that time there was no information leading either agency to believe that the remains were that of Shelly Titchener.

On Tuesday evening, during a subsequent search of the marshland area, Fremont Police Detectives found what is believed to be additional evidence connected to this case.  While there was still no conclusive evidence that the remains were that of Shelly Titchener, we were contacted by the Fremont Police Department based on this new evidence.  The Fremont and Brisbane police immediately began a joint investigation, with Fremont Police remaining as the lead agency.

Later on Tuesday evening, we were informed by the California Highway Patrol that Paul Titchener, the missing woman’s husband, had committed suicide by jumping from the San Francisco Bay Bridge.  The now deceased Paul Titchener was not named as a suspect, but was a person of interest.

While the circumstances of the case and the identity of the female remain under investigation, family members of the Titchener’s have been notified of the status of our investigation.

Several search warrants have been served in order to gather evidence in this case, including Paul Titchener’s business, the Titchener home and their vehicles.

We continue to work closely with the Fremont Police Department however, the Brisbane Police Department has assumed the lead in this investigation.

Details regarding the identification of the remains found by Fremont Police are under the jurisdiction of the Alameda County Coroner’s Office.  We do not have a timeline on when further information regarding the identification of the remains will be available.

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Press Release from the Fremont Police Department (2/21/2016)

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 8:16 p.m., the Fremont Police Department responded to a call of human remains found by people fishing near the Dumbarton Pier.  Officers arrived and located a torso of an unidentified female on a levee near the end of Marshlands Rd in Fremont.  The arms, legs and head were severed from the torso.  On Tuesday evening, during a subsequent search of the marshland area, detectives found what is believed to be additional evidence connected to this case.  Some of the evidence located is being processed by Fremont Police Crime Scene Investigators and some was collected by the Alameda County Coroner’s Office.   The identity of the female, as well as the cause and manner of death, have not been confirmed by the Alameda County Coroner’s Office. 

Detectives have temporarily halted their search in the marshland area and are following up on investigative leads.  Earlier this morning, with the cooperation of the Brisbane Police Department, a search was conducted at the home of missing person Shelly Titchener, 57, of Brisbane.  Shelly Titchener, was reported missing to Brisbane Police on February 15, 2016.  While we cannot confirm the body found is that of Shelly Titchener, we also cannot rule it out.

While the circumstances of the case and the identity of the female remain under investigation, family members of the Titchener’s have been notified of the status our investigation. Fremont detectives are continuing to work with the Brisbane Police Department and the Alameda County Coroner’s Office on this case.

The Brisbane Police Department is asking anyone with information about this investigation to please contact Detective Lester Vega at or (415) 508-2188 ext. 544.

9/2/2015 Bank Burglary

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Brisbane Police Department
50 Park Place
Brisbane CA, 94005
Sergeant Michele Borg
415-467-1212 (Dispatch)


Incident Date and Time- 9/2/2015 at 2205 hours

Distribution- Original Report, All Police, City Council, City Manager

Location- 70 Old County Rd, Bank of America

Type of Crimes/Incident: Bank Burglary

On Wednesday September 2nd at 2205 hours, Brisbane Officers were called to the Bank of America at 70 Old County Rd for a power outage failure alarm call and ATM alarm. Officers conducted an exterior building check and found nothing suspicious. The on duty Sergeant contacted Bank of America Corporate Security who advised police that they would handle the alarm and Brisbane Police were clear to leave the scene.

Corporate Security Advised bank employees to contact Brisbane Police on September 3, 2015 for a “Walk Through” prior to opening the bank. Brisbane Police Officers arrived on scene at 0916 hours, and conducted a search of the bank and determined the bank had been burglarized. Upon further investigation it was determined the unknown suspect(s) entered through a fenced in area where another door is located. This is the employee break room area and the electrical panel is also located in this area.

The unknown suspect(s) entered the bank and attempted to open a medium sized safe but were unsuccessful. They also made entry into the locked ATM room by climbing through the drop ceiling but were again unsuccessful in accessing the interior of the safe.

The San Mateo County Forensics Crime Lab is assisting the Brisbane Police in processing and gathering evidence from the scene of this incident. The Brisbane Police Department is working jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on this investigation.

There is very little suspect information at this time. Anybody with any information is encouraged to contact the Brisbane Police Department at 415-467-1212.


For a PDF version of this news release, please click here.


Amended Noise Control Ordinance

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Recently, changes to the City’s Noise Control Ordinance were adopted by the City Council

This included reducing the cumulative time period required for noise in excess of 10 decibels above the ambient noise from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. 

An additional category for extremely high noise levels was created for noise above 30 decibels over the ambient noise with no cumulative time period required.

The changes also included reducing the amount of time required to take readings to establish an ambient noise level from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

In addition, officers are now allowed to exclude “exceptional” noises from the ambient noise level readings.  This allows officers to obtain ambient noise levels that are typical to everyday life during that particular time of the day. 

Finally, the standard for measuring decibels we established using dBA’s instead of dB’s.  The use of the dBA standard better accounts for the hearing characteristics of the human ear. 

All other aspects of the ordinance remain fundamentally the same.  If you have any questions about the changes made to the Noise Control Ordinance, please contact Commander Bob Meisner at (415) 508-2175.

Silence the Distraction

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To save lives and educate all Californians, especially young drivers, about the dangers of distracted driving, the Brisbane Police Department, California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, the first week of April.

The urge to read and answer an incoming message when we hear the text sound can be almost overwhelming.  The Office of Traffic Safety is using a message of “Silence the Distraction” in new public service announcements aimed at getting drivers to turn off their phones while driving so they won’t be tempted.

“No text, call, or social media update is worth a crash,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “With an average of less than a second to react to an urgent situation, drivers need to have all their attention on the roadway.”

While distracted driving can take on many forms and affects all road users, young drivers are at a greater risk.  During “California Teen Safe Driving Week,” April 1-7, Impact Teen Drivers will focus on educating teens that their number one killer – reckless and distracted driving – is 100% preventable.  “People are realizing that everyday behaviors, such as texting or reaching for a dropped item, can be lethal when done behind the wheel,” Kelly Browning, Ph.D., Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers, said.

Let's model safe driving so the young people in our lives will know they must drive responsibly, keeping full attention to the task at hand - DRIVING.  If you have teenagers in your family who are driving, take some time to make sure they understand the laws and what their responsibilities are as well, especially during this coming first week of April.

Pedestrian Safety

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Recently, the Complete Streets Safety Committee rolled out the “Safe Pedestrian Routes to Schools” plan(click image to enlarge).  This was the result of a year-long project by the Complete Streets Safety Committee to study and identify routes and improvements that would provide for the safest and most direct conduits to and from the schools and central Brisbane.  The Committee's Plan was approved by the City Council on December 18, 2014.

A primary component to the success in establishing these routes is to ensure the unobstructed use of the sidewalks.  The committee noticed that due to Brisbane’s narrow streets, residents often parallel park their vehicles on a portion of the sidewalk.  In addition, many driveways in Brisbane are too small for vehicles, and as a result, large portions of the vehicle block the sidewalk.  These conditions are unsafe as they cause pedestrians to have to walk around the vehicles and into the street.

Blocking any portion of the sidewalk is a violation of California Vehicle Code 22500(f).  The Brisbane Police Department is committed to traffic safety and will be taking enforcement action for vehicles blocking the sidewalk starting in April.  Please assist us in our efforts by keeping the sidewalks clear.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance!

PG&E Scam

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On 9/19/2014 at approx. 3:30 pm, two subjects contacted a resident claiming to be PG&E workers.  The subjects told the resident that they needed to show the resident something outside her home that needed to be fixed.  While one of the subjects distracted the resident, the other subject went into the home and took miscellaneous jewelry from the victim’s bedroom.  When the victim saw that one of the subjects had entered her home she told them both to leave not knowing at the time she had been victimized.  The victim did not see if they arrived or left in a vehicle.  Further investigation revealed that suspects arrived in a white 90's model Cadillac.  These appear to be the same subjects that have committed similar crimes in Daly City.  We are working with Daly City Police to try to identify the suspects.
They are described as:
Suspect #1:
Sex- Male
Race- Hispanic
Age- Early 40s
Height- 6'2''
Weight- Average
Hair- Short black hair
Dark complexion
Clothing- Suede hat, khaki shorts, and light blue button up shirt
Suspect #2:
Sex- Male
Race- Hispanic
Age- Early 40s
Height- 6'1'' to 6'2"
Weight- Average
Hair- Dark hair
Dark complexion
Clothing- Blue windbreaker with yellow and red marks

Do not open your door to anyone you cannot identify and/or who states they are there to perform a service to your home that you have not ordered.
If you cannot identify who is there, please contact the Brisbane Police Department and we will respond immediately to check their identity and credentials. 

And remember, if you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, phone the Brisbane Police Department immediately at 467-1212.

Two Arrests Made In Recent Thefts

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Over the past several months we have seen a spike in thefts from unlocked vehicles.  In these cases, misc. items of property left in the vehicle and loose change were taken. 

On Sept 11, 2014, a 20 year old male was contacted and arrested on drug charges while he was seen searching the neighborhoods for victim vehicles.  A second subject, a male juvenile, was contacted and arrested on September 15, 2014 for possession of stolen property and drug charges.  These suspects were not working together, but are believed to be responsible for a majority of these thefts.  These arrests were made during an undercover surveillance operation by the Brisbane Police Department targeting areas where recent thefts had occurred. 

As always, if anyone has any additional information related to these or any other crimes, please contact the Brisbane Police Department at 467-1212.


Leash Law Enforced

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At the January 13, 2014 City Council meeting, the Police Chief gave an overview of the City's Leash Law.  As a reminder, the Brisbane Police Department enforces leash law violations under the Brisbane Municipal Code, section 6.04.070 which states that no owner shall "allow an animal to be upon any public street, sidewalk, park, school ground, any public property, or upon any enclosed premises in this jurisdiction unless the animal is...under the control of the owner by...a substantial chain, lead rope, or leash, which chain, lead rope, or leash shall be continuously held by some competent person capable of controlling such animal."  Anyone violating this section of the City's Municipal Code will be issued a $100.00 administrative citation for the first offense, with much steeper fines for repeat offenses.  If you see anyone violating the City's Leash Law, please contact the Brisbane Police Department right away by calling (415) 467-1212 so that the officer can attempt to contain the dog, contact the owner, and when necessary, contact the Peninsula Humane Society for assistance.

Remember to Lock your Car

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Over the past couple of months we have had an increase of minor “opportunist” crimes in the residential neighborhoods. These crimes usually involve the theft of some loose change or misc. personal items taken from unlocked vehicles. In one recent case, the person used the garage remote in the vehicle to gain entry into the garage.

Brisbane is without a doubt a very safe place to live and the police department is dedicated to keeping things that way. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t those out there that want to change this. No matter how attractive the notion is of being able to leave your doors and windows unlocked, we live in a world where these actions will be taken advantage of by people looking for this type of opportunity.

We would like to remind everyone to please lock your vehicles when unattended, and to secure your homes, even when at home. 

More importantly, we ask that you keep your eyes and ears open to what’s going on in your neighborhood. Nobody knows better than you if something looks suspicious. If something or someone gets your attention, give us a call immediately by dialing 911. Don’t be shy! The police department will never criticize you for reporting what you honestly believe to be a problem or suspicious activity. You know the saying; “Better safe than sorry.” If the incident is in progress, Dial 911. Other non-emergency reports can be made directly to the dispatch center at (415) 467-1212.

The police department stands behind its motto: “In Partnership with the Community.” Together we can continue to keep Brisbane the great community that it is today.

Brisbane Welcomes New Officer

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Yesterday morning, city staff and Ludivico's family gathered in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall to witness the swearing in of the Police Department's newest police officer, Ludivico Viray.  

So if you see Ludivico (who goes by JR) patrolling in town, make sure to give him a warm welcome to Brisbane!

July 4th Reminder

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If you happen to hear, or better yet, see any individuals setting off fireworks, please notify the Brisbane Police right away and call (415) 467-1212.  Help be the eyes and ears of the community and stop this illegal activity.  Now that it is fire season, we all need to be on high alert and do what we can to keep Brisbane safe.  Please be assured that every tip counts and will be properly investigated.

For the complete flyer, please click here.

Making the City Safer

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STOP Signs: They really do mean… STOP!

A reminder from the Brisbane Police Department:

We receive periodic complaints from residents regarding driver’s disregard for the stop signs in town.  The most prevalent type of violation is the “California Stop” where drivers slow down while rolling over the limit line, and then accelerate when they perceive that the coast is clear.  Not only is this a clear violation the stop sign law, it is a dangerous habit.  And I say habit, because most of the drivers that we stop no longer realize that they’re doing it.  Most of the drivers aren’t even in a hurry!

Unfortunately this habit can have disastrous consequences.  Nationwide, there are over 700,000 accidents related to stop sign violations reported each year.  Over one third of these accidents resulted in injuries.  According to a 2004 NHTSA study, there were 13,627 fatalities in 1999 – 2000 caused by people failing to stop at stop signs.

Because of this, we will be increasing our focus toward stop sign violators in the hope of changing driver’s behavior in this area.  Officers will be watching for stop sign violators and taking a zero tolerance approach.  A citation for running a stop sign will cost you well over $200.  Is it worth the risk?  I hope that you will agree with us that it’s not and concentrate on coming to a complete stop at every stop sign.  It may seem like an inconvenience at first, but you’re helping make this town a safer and more enjoyable place to live.

2/13/13 Press Release

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On 11/16/12, at approx 1130 hours, Officers responded to a report of a male subject in possession of what appeared to be a human skull.

The officers located the subject in the 300 Block of Visitation Ave.  When confronted, the subject assaulted the officers.  Two officers received moderate to minor injuries while taking him into custody.  The officers have been treated and released.  The subject was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for assaulting a police officer.

The subject was indeed in possession of what appears to be a human skull.  The suspect was either unwilling or unable to articulate exactly where he found the skull.  The Brisbane Police Department conducted searches of different locations based on what statements he did make and areas where he has been known to frequent.  Officers were unable to locate any additional evidence at that time.

On 1/16/13, following his release from jail, officers re-contacted the subject from the above incident.  The subject was at this point willing to show officers the location where he found the skull.  Upon their arrival, officers located additional remains on a hillside in an unpopulated area of Brisbane, Southwest of Bayshore Blvd. and Old County Road. The San Mateo County Crime Lab processed the scene and the San Mateo County Coroner’s office recovered the remains. 

Brisbane Police, San Mateo County DA’s Office, San Mateo County Crime Lab and the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office have been working together to attempt to identify the remains.  DNA was extracted and has been sent to the Department of Justice.  Those results are still pending.  An initial examination by a forensic anthropologist has indicated that the remains belong to a female between the ages of 33 and 46 years old, between 5’3” and 5’6” tall.  The remains have likely been at the location where she was found for an excess of 5 years.

Investigators are comparing the information that we have with those of missing persons records.  It is still too early in the investigation to determine if the remains are related to a crime or natural occurrence.


Please click here for the PDF version of the press release from the Brisbane Police Department.

An Important Reminder

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Residential burglaries are on the rise throughout San Mateo County, and can occur even in Brisbane.  Unsecured doors and windows continue to be the favorite method of entry for these  criminals.  Always lock your car doors and front door when you leave your residence,  even if you are home.  Criminals will frequently check for unlocked or unsecured doors; don't be a victim in your own home.  If you should see a suspicious person, try to get a good description of them.  This would include clothing, direction of travel, their car make and model, and if possible, license plate.  Immediately call the Brisbane Police Department at (415) 467-1212.  Please do not take matters into your own hands.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times, reporting any suspicious persons or activity to the Police as soon as possible.

Police Action at the 23 Club

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Please click here to read a press release that was put out today by the Brisbane Police Department.  Thank you to our local citizens, for their concern and phone call to the Police Chief Macias when this issue first came to light in the community. 

SPCA Trap Set

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Late Friday afternoon, the City was alerted of a tannish pit bull mix which had been spotted near Mission Blue Drive and Monach Blvd.  All conventional methods of containing the dog were attempted but were not unsuccessful.  Therefore, a trap is being set up right now by the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in that area in an attempt to rescue the dog and return it to its owner.  In order to have the SPCA's trap be as effective as possible, please do not disturb it.  Note: this dog does not appear to be human- or dog-aggressive and is content to be left alone.  But if you happen to spot it, please contact the Brisbane Dispatch Line at 467-1212 and ask to speak with any officer on duty.  Also, in order for the trap to be effective, please do not leave food out for the dog.  Thank you.

Be a Good Neighbor

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Dog waste contaminates the ground and is the greatest source of potential health risk for your pet, family, and community.  Be conscientious about cleaning up after your dog when out on walks.  Picking up after your pet shows pride in your community, in yourself, and in your dog.  And, it's the law.  Section 6.14.020 of the Brisbane Municipal Code says,

"It is unlawful for the owner or person having custody of any dog to fail to immediately remove and dispose of in a sanitary manner, by placing in a closed or sealed container and depositing in a trash receptacle, any feces deposited by such dog upon private or public property not owned or controlled by the owner or person having custody of such dog. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any blind person accompanied by a guide dog."

Because it is the law, the City has provided mutt mitts around town for disposing of your pet's waste.  Therefore, if you happen to see anyone in violation of this law and not picking up after their dog, please report it right away by calling Police Dispatch at 467-1212.  Let's work together to make this Community a safer, happier, and cleaner place for us all.

July 4th Reminder: No Fireworks

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The Brisbane Police Department wants to remind all citizens of and visitors to Brisbane that fireworks are illegal and dangerous in Brisbane.  This July 4, think twice before buying, let alone lighting them.  Any person who causes a firework, including "safe and sane fireworks", to be discharged will be issued a citation.  Please report any instances of fireworks being discharged within the city limits to the Police Department by calling 467-1212.  Thank you for your cooperation to ensure the nation's holiday is celebrated safely.

Police Cars Get a New Look

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By: Commander Robert Meisner
Traditionally, Police cars have been Black and White. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, departments began experimenting with different paint schemes, one of the more popular at the time being a variation of all white. In 1989, the Brisbane Police Department followed suit and began deploying the all white design that we’ve had ever since.
In the late 1990’s, police departments began a migration back to the traditional black and white. Reasons cited for switching back were: better visibility, tradition, officer morale, crime reduction and community relations by giving the citizens the added comfort of seeing a “united” law enforcement front.
The men and women of the Brisbane Police Department take pride in our image and appearance in the community. The black and white patrol car is a tradition, and a universal sign of professionalism. With nearly every other agency having made the change, we feel that the time is appropriate for us to do so as well. As a result, and due to respect for the current economic situation, the officers of the Brisbane Police Officers Association have offered to pay for the painting of the first four cars. Future patrol cars will be ordered black and white from the manufacturer.
To enhance this new look, we are taking the opportunity to add our department motto to the side of the cars; “In Partnership with the Community.”  We take great pride in this approach to preserving the unique environment of the community we serve.
So the next time you see a black and white police car patrolling Brisbane, know that it is still the dedicated members of the Brisbane Police Department making every effort to enhance the services that we provide.

Another Explosion in Brisbane

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The following letter from the Brisbane Police Department is being mailed today to each household as an insert in the water bill.

After several months without an incident, we have had 3 recent occasions where an M80 or similar type explosive was set off. 

On 10/7/11 at approx. 9:30 pm, a device was set off near the entrance to Quarry Road.  As with past incidents, no property damage occurred, and in this case, was over 100 feet from any residential buildings.

On 12/1/11 at approx. 9:41 pm, a firework was set off in the 300 block of Klamath.  It appears that the device unintentionally landed under the stairs of a residence causing fire damage to the stairs and deck.

On 12/26/11 at approx. 8:55 pm, a device was set off in the storm drain in the 200 block of Monterey Street.  In this incident, the silhouette of a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt was seen running from the scene.

There does not appear to be any particular target or reason for these events, other than to gratify the person or people involved.  Causing damage to property does not appear to be a factor or motive in these incidents.

According to Wikipedia, “M80s are a class of large firecrackers, sometimes called salutes. The Simulator, Artillery, M80, was originally made in the early 20th century by the U.S. Military to simulate explosives or artillery fire; Later, M-80s were manufactured as fireworks.”   Regardless of their original intent, these devices are dangerous and we consider their use or possession a serious offense.

Earlier in the year we received several complaints of similar explosions in the city.  Most of these incidents were located near the area of Visitation and Mariposa Streets.  Although no arrests were made in these cases, aggressive patrol and contact with several people of interest resulted in no further incidents. 

These devices are very small despite there loud noise.  They can be easily concealed in a pocket or palm of the hand, and when ignited, do not go off for up to 30 seconds.  This gives ample time for the person involved to walk away without notice.  That’s why we need your help in our continued efforts to bring these incidents to an end.  Should you be anywhere near the area when one of these events occurs, please take note of the people in the area and pass that information on to any police officer.  Our officers take pride in knowing the members of our community and citizens that frequent our city.  Any description you may be able to provide could lead to the identification of the person or people involved. 

As always, if you have information for us and wish to remain anonymous, you can contact us via the Web:

New Booster Seat Law

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For those of you who have small children, or grandchildren or nephews and nieces that you help drive around, you'll want to be aware of a new law going into effect January 1st regarding child booster seats.  The previous law required children under the age of 6, or 60 lbs, to use a booster seat.  As of January 1st, children are required to be strapped into their booster seats until the age of 8.  Violators risk a fine of more than $400, in addition to a point on their driving record.  Click here to read more about the new law and here to read about some important safety tips you can keep in mind for your littlest passenger.

$500 Reward

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On 12/1/11 at approximately 9:41 PM, fireworks were set off in the 300 block of Klamath Street which resulted in severe damage to a nearby home.

There is a $500 reward being offered for information that results in the identification of the individual(s) responsible.

If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, please contact Commander Bob Meisner at (415) 508-2175, or on the online Contact Form.  Select "Contact the Police Department" from the “I want to” drop down menu. You may remain anonymous if you wish.

Police Reports

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Many of us know CARFAX as being the go-to website if in the market for a used car.  It's ownership history, whether it's had any title problems, and most importantly, whether it's been involved in any accidents could make or break a deal.  Well now you can think of CARFAX as the place to go if you were involved in a car accident that took place within Brisbane and need a copy of the police report.  Before, a written request would need to be submitted to the Police Department, which would then need to be manually processed by the Records Clerk.  It could take 1-3 days before the report could be in the mail, or picked up at the Police Department.  But thanks to the Brisbane Police Department recently teaming up with CARFAX, involved parties along with insurance companies can instantly obtain a copy of the report online, once it's been submitted by the Police Department.  This service is being offered by CARFAX to the City free of charge.  However, CARFAX does require a $5 convenience fee for using their service.  Note: involved individuals may still request and obtain their reports free of charge through the existing procedure.  It is anticipated that teaming up with CARFAX will allow for cost savings to be generated by way of less staff time being needed for processing and copying the reports, and less paper and postage costs needed to ensure report delivery.

Parking in Brisbane

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One doesn’t have to spend a whole lot of time in Brisbane to realize that parking in the residential areas is limited.  Understandably, citizens take a very personal interest in the vehicles they see parked in their neighborhood and how they are parked.  As a result, the Brisbane Police Department responds to numerous complaints about “abandoned” and “illegally” parked vehicles every day.  Often these complaints end up being a matter of personal preference rather than a matter of law where the police can take legal action.  In those cases where the law does not apply, the Police Department is more than happy to attempt to mediate the problem between the parties involved.


To help you determine if your parking issue is one where legal action should be taken or if mediation would be a solution, the Police Department has put together the following facts to take into consideration:

Parking in front of your residence:

Unfortunately, the Police Department has no legal or inherent right to the parking spaces in front of our homes.  Parking on city streets is available to anyone, whether or not they reside on our street or not.    

People who own several vehicles:

The Police Department realizes that there are a great deal of residents that own numerous vehicles without adequate off-street parking, or have chosen to use their garages or driveways for other purposes.  Although this fact is unfortunate and inconsiderate to others in the neighborhood, the Police Department has no legal authority to remove these vehicles if legally parked on a city street and driven on a regular basis.

Vehicles stored on the street:

There are two municipal codes that govern vehicles parked or stored on the street.  One allows for vehicles to be towed as abandoned after being marked as such for 72 hours.  The other allows for a vehicle to be cited if it can be determined that the vehicle has been stored on the street for more than 5 consecutive days. 

The Police Department receives numerous calls each day for “abandoned” vehicles when someone spots a vehicle that they don’t recognize.  They find that, often times, these vehicles are being parked there temporarily due to construction or road work in another neighborhood, or simply because parking was unavailable on an adjacent street.  In either case, the Police Department makes concerted efforts to locate the owner by way of a neighborhood check or by phone before taking enforcement action.


Community Mediation

The Brisbane Police Department offers conflict resolution and mediation through the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC).  Click here for more information about using PCRC.

Police Intervention

The Police Department will respond to any and all calls for service.  If you see a vehicle that you believe to be illegally parked please call (415) 467-1212.  Please leave your name and phone number with the dispatcher.  This allows an officer to contact you with any questions or to advise you of what they were able to do to resolve the problem.  The Police Departments receives a lot of “anonymous” calls.  Without your name and phone number, they are unable to resolve the issue if it turns out to be one that requires mediation or enforcement action.   


Parking issues can quickly turn great neighbors and neighborhoods into a war zone of Hatfield and McCoys.  Please be considerate of one another when parking your vehicles.  Consider getting to know your neighbors and speaking with them when a problem arises.  The Police Department is surprised how many times they respond to a problem and find out that the people involved have never talked despite the fact that they live right across the street from each other. 

Whatever the case, the Brisbane Police Department is here to help.  If you do call them regarding a problem you can be assured they will do everything they can to resolve the problem. With the parking the way it is in town, they ask for your patience in dealing with these issues.

Active Threat Presentation

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With more and more incidents of workplace shootings having taken place in recent months, the Brisbane Police Department saw a need to ensure that the businesses in Brisbane were properly equipped with the information and knowledge of what to do, if ever an active threat should take place at their places of business.  Officer Sevilla gave the presentation (see Part I and Part II), which was held at the Radisson on Monday, October 24th.  More than 50 employees attended the presentation, with agency representatives saying how good of an idea it was to host such an event.  The 7 Mile House, who sponsored the event along with the Radisson, even brought lumpia, fried zuchini, chicken strips, and small donuts and coffee for all.

Thank you to the Brisbane Police Department, Officer Sevilla for making the presentation to the businesses, as well as Sergeant Garcia and Officer Nelson for also helping provide the business community with great knowledge and education about this important topic area. 

Grandparents Targeted in Scam

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Over the past several months the Police Department has been hearing reports of the re-emergence of a telephone scam first seen in 2008 called the "Grandparent Scam."  This scam specifically targets grandparents where they receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or even a nephew in need of emergency funds. 

An excerpt from a San Mateo Times article dated 12/21/11 highlights how it works:

 "A San Mateo County man recently wired more than $20,000 to someone he thought was his grandson. The young man had called asking for help after saying he was in a car accident in Italy that left him with two black eyes and a broken nose.

The man who sent more than $20,000 over the course of eight Western Union wire transfers never called his daughter, the boy's mother, to check out the story. The grandson scammer had asked his grandfather to keep it a secret -- the news would likely upset his mom. When the grandfather finally called, he learned his real grandson hadn't been hurt and had never left the country.

In a similar case, a woman got a call from someone claiming to be her grandson with the same story of injuries and a car accident in Italy. He said he needed $2,300 to get out of the country. However, this grandparent called her son and found out the young man was in Sacramento, not Sorrento. The Sheriff's Office said wire transfers are just like bank accounts -- they can be accessed from anywhere. Scammers can say they are in Italy but don't actually have to be there to pick up the cash."

In these cases, there is no evidence, no trace of the suspects, and no way to track who received the money.  Although the crooks have not been successful here in Brisbane, the Police Department has been made aware of at least one attempt. 

The Brisbane Police Department strongly urges anyone who receives a request to wire out money to be extremely cautious.  If the caller claims to be a friend or a family member, confirm the story with someone else.  If you are unable to do so, and are still concerned that a loved one is in need of your help, feel free to contact the Police Department and they will be glad to assist you before you send any funds.  Don't take any chances - if you feel you may be the next victim in this scam, call Police Dispatch at (415) 467-1212.

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