Are you leaving town this holiday season? If you are, you can request extra patrols for your home or business. Whether you are away on vacation or feel added security in your area is necessary for other reasons, the Mill Valley Police Department can arrange for officers to conduct extra patrols in your neighborhood. Simply fill out and submit the Vacation/Extra Patrol form or call the Police Department at (415) 389-4100 to request extra patrols. We hope that providing this service to our community will help citizens rest easy while they are away this holiday season.
In the age of technology and electronic scams, there are people still using old fashioned methods to steal from you. Most prevalent here in Mill Valley have been unwanted solicitors at the door. Magazines, food items, charity, home improvement, and utility scams are the most commonly solicited items presented at doorsteps.
On Friday, December 8th 2017, the Mill Valley Police Department will be conducting a pedestrian crosswalk and awareness operation. The purpose of the operation is to increase the level of safety and awareness for both motorists and pedestrians in regards to traffic laws pertaining to crosswalks.
The Mill Valley Police Department is participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program again this year. If you would like to sponsor a child please feel free to stop by the Police Department during our regular office hours to pick out a tag.
During the holiday season there is almost always an increase in the number of package thefts. As we order products online and receive packages from friends and family it is even more important to monitor your incoming packages. Here are some ways you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of theft:
Beginning Friday, November 24, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017, parking meter fees will be temporarily waived to encourage patronage with local businesses. Visitors downtown will be able to park for free in spots up to the maximum time allotment which is noted on the parking meter. Typically that maximum time allotment is 2 hours. Parking enforcement officers will continue to enforce time restrictions and other parking violations during this time, with the exception of expired meters.
Later this week, the Mill Valley Police Department is hosting a shared resources traffic enforcement event (STEP) in an effort to reduce vehicle code violations, and increase safety with the assistance and cooperation of our neighboring Southern Marin agencies.
City Manager Jim McCann has named Lt. Jacqueline Graf-Reis Interim Police Chief, effective November 2, 2017, in light of current Police Chief Angel Bernal’s pending retirement.
The latest updates on the vegetation fire in Sausalito. Local traffic impacts.
Today's air quality level is now at the "Red" level, which means
"Unhealthy." People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
The North Bay fires serve as a stark reminder that disaster can strike at any time. Disaster planning is about keeping you safe, warm, and fed after a disaster. ReadyMarin.org suggests you prepare for 5-7 days without power or utilities.Getting prepared can seem overwhelming. Here are some simple steps to get you started.
Approximately 29 City of Mill Valley employees in addition to teachers and staff in the Mill Valley and Tamalpais School Districts, and employees in businesses throughout town live in neighborhoods that have been evacuated, are on standby to evacuate, or are helping family evacuate or prepare to evacuate.
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.
We have learned that our Mill Valley Fire Chief, Tom Welch, a resident of Santa Rosa, has lost his family home due to the wildfires in the region. His family is safe. At this point we are still learning how other City of Mill Valley employees are impacted as well.
A “YouCaring” site has been set up to assist Chief Welch and other families. Click here to donate.
Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by this disaster.
International Walk to School Day is an event in which millions of children from communities in over 40 countries around the world participate. Walk to School Day in the United States of America began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for walkable communities.
On Wednesday morning, 09/20/17, at approximately 0517 hours, Mill Valley PD Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Lovell Ave regarding an interrupted residential burglary.
This Saturday, 9/23, the Zero Breast Cancer Walk will come through Mill Valley for their annual event. Their usual route takes them up the three sections of the Dipsea Steps, but this year, the Middle Dipsea Steps are closed for construction. The Zero Breast Cancer Walk will therefore take a short detour onto Millside Lane, then up Marion Avenue, and then up Hazel Avenue to connect to the Upper level of the steps.
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.
Parking is available in the lot at 38 Miller Avenue or in the lot behind D'Angelos if you are an employee with an e-sticker and the "E Zone" parking spaces are blocked by construction activity or equipment.
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.
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.
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.
The Mill Valley City Council voted Monday to reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 35mph on Miller Avenue between Camino Alto and the southern border of the City.
Last month, the Mill Valley Police Department presented and participated in a two-day active shooter training at Tamalpais High School.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, May 20th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Tamalpais High School
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.