You will see the Mill Valley Police Department out and about reminding individuals to comply with the Public Health Order. We ask for your cooperation but will enforce compliance. Help us work together to keep our community safe.
You will see the Mill Valley Police Department out and about reminding individuals to comply with the Public Health Order. We ask for your cooperation but will enforce compliance. Help us work together to keep our community safe.
At the City of Mill Valley, we are working to provide for the safety of our community members, employees, and first responders.
The Mill Valley Police Department often receives calls from the public regarding scam phone calls and suspicious emails. We've created a diagram (see PDF below) describing the most common scams reported to us and tips on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
If you and your canine friend(s) have been out and about in the past week or so, you may have noticed some new informational signs around town.
The Mill Valley Police Department 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. Gas-powered leaf blowers contribute to noise pollution, emitting tones at levels that could lead to hearing damage.
A medicinal cannabis delivery-only retailer has applied to open a new business in unincorporated Mill Valley, at 25 Evergreen Avenue. This location is two parcels away from the Whole Foods on Miller Avenue, just outside of Mill Valley City limits.
If you haven’t done so already, please register your security camera system with the Mill Valley Police Department. By registering with us, your camera can play an important role in assisting police officers with investigations - possibly capturing an image pivotal in solving a case.
This program is completely voluntary, and the Mill Valley Police Department will not access or use your cameras without your consent. Click here to register online, or pick up a paper form at the Police Station (1 Hamilton Drive). If you have any further questions please contact Community Services Officer Christopher DeLaTorre at 415-389-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We have received reports of a power outage impacting 2639 customers.
An update regading the incident at Tam High on January 27, 2020.
At their November 4, 2019 meeting, the City Council discussed and reviewed recommendations on regulations controlling the sale of flavored tobacco products in the City of Mill Valley.
In the wake of City Manager Jim McCann’s announcement of his retirement earlier this year, the Mill Valley City Council has announced that Mill Valley Police Chief Alan Piombo will serve in the City’s lead role on an interim basis, and guide the City through its transition between permanent City Managers.
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:
A Red Flag Warning has been announced for 4 am Wednesday through 7 am Thursday morning due to high winds and low humidity.
On the evening of November 4, 2019 we had our swearing-in ceremony at City Hall. We congratulated Sgt. Kollerer on his new promotion, as well as Ofc. Daugherty and Ofc. Serrano who recently completed the field training program.
On Monday October 14, 2019 at 10:30pm, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake originating in the East Bay hit Mill Valley and Southern Marin. No major injuries were reported. But seismologists warn us not to become complacent - more earthquakes are likely and the time to prepare is now.
The City has developed a Draft Plan and Playbook, with details on how to continue providing essential City services.
New parking restrictions along Miller Avenue from Millwood to Willow.
Marin County supervisors have approved a new regulation that allows riders to use electric-assisted bicycles on the county’s multi-use paths, including the popular Mill Valley/Sausalito path, the Corte Madera Creek path and the Pacheco path.
City staff will post notices to indicate that curbside parking in both directions will be restricted on Miller Avenue from Millwood to Willow Street during the Red Flag Days, which are in effect from 8 pm Saturday evening to 10 am Sunday morning.
Council introduced an Ordinance to clarify the chapters in the City's Municipal Code pertaining to the control of dogs in public places.
Thank you Starbucks for hosting National Coffee with a Cop Day earlier this month!
On September 7, 2019, the City of Mill Valley held a well-attended ribbon cutting event to celebrate the deployment of the new Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD).
Here is what we recommend:
Public Safety Alerts are like Swiss Cheese - None of them are without holes. But if you opt in or are aware of multiple methods to receive alerts and find news, then the holes get smaller and you have a greater chance of being informed in an emergency.
On Saturday, September 14, 2019, at approximately 6:00 P.M., the Mill Valley Police Department received a call from an Uber driver who had been assaulted by his passenger in the area of East Blithedale Avenue and Elm Avenue. Simultaneously, the Police Department received an additional report of a possible stabbing victim in the area of Park School.
Information on changes to improve our community’s ability to withstand a wildfire.
The City of Mill Valley is looking for 6th-12th graders to serve on the newly formed Youth Advisory Committee.
In our ongoing quest to improve our emergency preparedness and evacuations, Mill Valley residents will receive a mailer via postal mail that will explain the most important steps we can take to plan and prepare for an emergency.
Many Mill Valley residents experienced a widespread power outage last night starting around 11:10 pm and lasting until about 2:00 am this morning.
Make your days easier by purchasing a bus pass!
We are pleased to announce that the Community Center has received a new generator to provide critical services during a prolonged electrical outages we may experience in extreme weather conditions.
With temperatures steadily increasing this week, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the North Bay. Expect hot temperatures inland from Wednesday into Thursday.
We have noticed a recent increase in residential and vehicle burglaries, not only in our city, but countywide as well. In fact, in May and June alone, there were more than 215 vehicle burglaries in Marin County, which is an increase of 107% from last year.
On July 23, Officer Lovos was conducting extra patrol at the MV Community Center due to the recent surge in vehicle burglaries in Mill Valley and throughout Marin.
In an emergency, first responders from all around the area might be looking for your house. Do your address markers pass the test?
Update on important events and news.
The parking restrictions are intended to meet the needs of both residents and businesses, and to enhance emergency egress during hazardous weather conditions.
On Tuesday, August 6th, the Mill Valley Police Department will host the City’s first National Night Out event at the Depot Plaza in downtown Mill Valley from 5-8 PM.
Since May 1, there have been over 215 reported auto burglaries in Marin County, with at least 14 occurring in Mill Valley. Historically, the majority of our auto burglaries have occurred along the 101 corridor, but there has been a substantial increase in the downtown area.
The City of Mill Valley conducted its Annual Evacuation Drill on May 18, 2019 with over 170 residents participating. The drill focused on the Scott Valley and Alto/Sutton Manor neighborhoods – an area of town in the Wildland Urban Interface, an area where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildland fire.
The City of Mill Valley has become aware of raised concerns regarding safety on the Mill Valley/Sausalito Multi-Use Path. Recent accidents and near misses highlight the need for immediate action to inform cyclists of the safety rules along the path and enhanced and sustained enforcement to ensure that these rules are effective.
At their recent Community Meeting on Monday, March 25, 2019, the Mill Valley City Council and Fire Officials presented to an audience of over 350 community members the proposed Vegetation Management Ordinance, which would require eliminating most vegetation within 3 feet of homes/buildings, as well as an update on recent fire prevention and preparedness activities, evacuation plans, and emergency communications.
Please join neighbors, recently appointed Police Chief Alan E. Piombo Jr., and members of the Mill Valley Police Department for coffee and conversation on Thursday April 25, 2019 between 7 to 9 AM at Peet’s Coffee located at 88 Throckmorton Ave in downtown Mill Valley.
Following the 2017 Sonoma/Napa conflagrations, which have now been eclipsed by the mega-fires in Shasta and Butte Counties, the Mill Valley Fire Department has been actively evaluating/implementing programs and processes to ensure our lowest overall community risk possible.
City Manager Jim McCann announced that Alan E. Piombo Jr. has joined the City of Mill Valley as the Chief of Police. His first day with the City will be Monday, February 4, 2019.
Drink responsibly- Have a designated driver or call a cab or ride-share service.
On November 27th, the City of Mill Valley Police and Fire Departments received notice of a bomb threat at the Mill Valley Middle School. School officials quickly placed the entire campus of approximately 1200 students, teachers, staff and administrators on shelter in place, and then ordered an evacuation to the Mill Valley Community Center.
Beginning Friday, November 23, 2018 to Monday, December 31, 2018, 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.
The Mill Valley Police Officer’s Association is pleased to announce, we will again be participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. This will be the third year the Mill Valley Police Officer’s Association has had the honor of providing gifts to Marin County children through the generosity of Mill Valley citizens.
That's right. Cars parked on the sidewalk are in violation of the California Vehicle Code.
On Wednesday October 3, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS).
The Cypress Trail is located in the Cascade Canyon neighborhood and runs just above Rose Ave. It connects Cypress Avenue to the Monte Vista and Tenderfoot trails.
In 1995, the Mill Valley City Council adopted a Resolution prohibiting the riding or use of bicycles or horses on the Cypress Trail.
On Friday, April 6, a late season storm system with unseasonably high moisture content brought periods of rain, heavy at times, to the Mill Valley area.
We need your help! The Mill Valley Police Department has had an increased reporting of vandalism in Mill Valley.
Mill Valley City and School District officials announced today their reaction to the shooting that killed 17 and injured numerous students and adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Millions of Americans huddle around the television each year on Super Bowl Sunday! Whether you are tuned in for the commercials, tasty food, gameplay, or just wanting to spend time with friends or family please keep in mind your safety and the safety of others.
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.
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.
As the North Bay fires continue and new evacuation orders are issued, Southern Marin agencies such as the City of Mill Valley, Southern Marin Fire Protection District, Tamalpais High School, and The Seminary at Strawberry are coordinating with the County of Marin to provide shelter and other resources to evacuees and First Responders from the North Bay.
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.
We have received many inquiries from Mill Valley residents to find out how they can help those impacted by the fires that have destroyed so many neighborhoods in the North Bay. We have assembled the following list of resources for community members to donate, volunteer, and assist in any way they can.
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.
The City of Mill Valley has established procedures for the use of Hamilton Drive in the case of significant emergency conditions, utilizing the longstanding emergency evacuation route designated in the City’s Emergency Operations Plan as well as in the MV2040 General Plan.