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Suspicious Circumstances 8/22/17

August 22, 2017 

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at approximately 4:55 pm, the Mill Valley Police Department received a suspicious call requesting that a “bomb squad” be sent to the Camino Alto Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Center, located at 125 Camino Alto. It was ultimately determined that the business had received a series of calls throughout the day from an anonymous source that culminated in the threat made to the Mill Valley Police Department.

Mill Valley Police responded and investigated the threat, no suspicious devices were located, and it was determined that the threat was not credible.

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Keep Your Valuables Safe

August 8, 2017 

While Mill Valley is generally a safe community, burglaries and petty thefts from vehicles are fairly common crimes. The good news is that they are often preventable. Although burglaries may seem random in occurrence, burglars often choose easy targets, like houses with the easiest access, the greatest amount of cover, and cars with valuables in plain sight. You can reduce your risk of being a target by removing important items from your vehicle and by remembering to lock your vehicle and home.

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Break for Buses

August 1, 2017 

As the new school year kicks off, make sure you know the rules and laws concerning yellow school buses.


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Medicine and Drug Disposal

July 26, 2017 

Community members can dispose of old or unwanted medicine and prescription drugs at the Mill Valley Police Department during regular office hours. Just look for the blue bin in the lobby.

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Recent Thefts at Grocery Stores

July 24, 2017 

Recently, the Mill Valley Police Department has received several reports of thieves targeting shoppers at local stores. The reports indicate that the thieves are targeting people who keep their personal items inside of shopping carts or baskets while grocery shopping.

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The Pink Patch Project

July 20, 2017 

The Mill Valley Police Officers Association is pleased to announce our participation in the #PinkPatchProject. The Pink Patch Project is a public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support research organizations in combating this devastating disease. You can buy your own patch at the MVPD for $10.

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New Parking Meters

July 12, 2017 

This past week the City of Mill Valley upgraded its parking meters in the downtown area. The new meters allow individuals to use either coins or credit cards.

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Fourth of July

June 28, 2017 

The Mill Valley Police Department wishes you a happy 4th of July! Please celebrate safely and responsibly. Remember that fireworks are illegal in Marin County.

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The Dipsea Race

June 9, 2017 

This year marks the 107th annual Dipsea Race. The race begins in downtown Mill Valley at 8:30 am on Sunday, June 11th, and ends at Stinson Beach.

The event will impact traffic in the downtown area. Please be aware that there will be changes in parking rules and traffic routes during this time. Signs will be posted along Throckmorton Ave and Lovell Ave to notify you of any changes.



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The 2017 Evacuation Drill is a Great Success!

May 22, 2017 

The City of Mill Valley conducted its 10th Annual City-wide area evacuation drill on May 20, 2017. The drill targeted the Edgewood/ Homestead Valley neighborhoods and was conducted in collaboration with the Southern Marin Fire Protection District, PG&E, and many other agencies.

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Beware of Scams

May 18, 2017 

Please beware of scams. The Mill Valley Police Department has received recent reports of people claiming to be police officers over the phone in order to obtain payments. Make sure you verify information with the agency before you wire any funds. Read the full article to learn more.



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Stay Safe

May 16, 2017 

With construction in full swing on Miller Ave, the Mill Valley Police Department would like to remind residents to stay safe. Construction machinery can obstruct a diver’s vision and unfamiliar routes can add to a driver’s confusion. Motorists should take efforts to drive cautiously and keep an eye out for others on the roadways. Similarly, pedestrians, workers, and cyclists are encouraged to take steps to protect their safety. You can increase your visibility–whether you are jogging, biking, or working along the roadways–by wearing bright clothing and reflective gear, especially at night or in bad weather.

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Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade

May 15, 2017 

The Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade is schedule for Monday, May 29, 2017. The Parade will begin at Old Mill Park at 10:30 am. The route has been changed this year due to construction on Miller Ave.

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Protect Your Property

April 17, 2017 

Mill Valley is a safe community. However, statistics show that property crimes are becoming more common. Don't be lulled into a complacent "it couldn't happen here" attitude, as burglaries and petty thefts from vehicles are fairly common crimes and, to a large extent, preventable.

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Beware of Scams This Tax Season

April 11, 2017 

The Mill Valley Police Department has seen a recent increase in the number of people reporting frauds and scams. Please be careful this tax season. The IRS will send a bill before calling and will never demand payment over the phone. Learn more about scams by clicking here.

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MVPD Partners with MVMS

April 5, 2017 

The Mill Valley Police Department has partnered with the Mill Valley Middle School to make the campus safer for everyone. Learn about a recent anti-bias training the department participated in as part of a larger move to repair and prevent harm in our community.

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 1, 2017 

In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month this April, the Mill Valley Police Department would like to remind residents to drive carefully. Distracted driving includes any behavior that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. By driving cautiously and staying focused, we can keep our community safer and reduce the number of collisions on our streets.

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National Night Out

March 28, 2017 

The Mill Valley Police Department is interested in partnering with the community for National Night Out. The event, which happens annually, aims to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they serve, creating a safer and more connected community. Please contact the police department if you are intersted in participating.

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Security Camera Registration Program

March 1, 2017 

The Mill Valley Police Department is excited to announce its new Security Camera Registration Program. This program allows residents and business owners to register the locations of their security systems with the Police Department so that when a crime occurs, police are able to identify potential footage that could assist in their investigation.

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Flooded Creeks Are Dangerous

February 8, 2017 

While flooded creeks and streams might appeal to adventurous kids and teens, the strong waters present a serious danger to those who enter. The Mill Valley Police Department has responded to reports of kids boogie boarding in the creeks during the storm, causing officials to make several rescues.


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Gas Powered Leaf Blowers are Prohibited

February 2, 2017 

The City of Mill Valley would like to remind residents and gardeners that the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers is prohibited by the Mill Valley Municipal Code in an effort to minimize air and noise pollution.

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Restorative Justice in Mill Valley Schools

January 27, 2017 

Many schools across the country, dissatisfied with traditional discipline models, are seeking alternative systems to improve the school community. One such alternative system, restorative justice, is proving successful. In Mill Valley, both the middle school and the high school have started to introduce restorative practices. When compared to traditional systems, restorative justice is not only more effective at addressing the true problems on campus, it also builds relationships, creates a better learning environment, and empowers students with problem-solving skills to prevent future problem behavior.

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Door-to-Door Solicitation Scams

January 25, 2017 

The Mill Valley Police Department has received reports of various door-to-door scams recently. All solicitors are required to have a permit from the City of Mill Valley. Make sure a company is legitimate before donating any money.

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5th Annual Family Fun Run

January 19, 2017 

The 5th Annual Family Fun Run and Health & Wellness Fair was a huge success last weekend. Members from the Mill Valley Police Department were there to assist and provide education to community members. Congratulations to Isaac, our raffle winner!

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Mail Theft

December 1, 2016 

Mill Valley residents are currently experiencing repeated mail thefts throughout their neighborhoods. The Mill Valley Police Department would like to encourage residents to be vigilant about reporting any suspicious activity to law enforcement and would like to remind community members how to better protect themselves against mail theft.

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California Pedestrian Safety Month

October 12, 2016 

In response to California Pedestrian Safety Month, the Mill Valley Police Department and Marin County Parks teamed up to promote safe practices on Mill Valley's multi-use path.

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Stealing Signs is Illegal and Dangerous

October 10, 2016 

In recent weeks, Mill Valley has seen a rise in road sign thefts and vandalism. While stealing a sign might seem like a harmless prank, the act can have serious ramifications. Stealing a sign poses a significant safety threat to our city and can cause confusion for drivers and lead to harmful situations.

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Gun Buyback Program

September 19, 2016 

The Gun Buyback Program was put on by the Marin County District Attorney’s Office and involved the use of local law enforcement facilities that served as collection sites. The Mill Valley Police Department was selected as one of the drop-off centers for Marin, providing a location for citizens to turn in firearms and other weapons on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. A total of 105 firearms were turned in at the Mill Valley Gun Buyback location.

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