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Ways to Avoid Package Thefts

December 11, 2019 

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:


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Earthquake Preparedness and Safety Tips

October 31, 2019 

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.

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Fern Canyon Road Fire Update

October 9, 2019 

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at approximately 7:45 PM, Mill Valley Police Department was notified of possible fireworks activity on Fern Canyon Road in Mill Valley.

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Brush Fire on Fern Canyon Rd

October 8, 2019 

October 8, 2019 - 8:30 pm

A small 2 acre brush fire has been contained in Mill Valley - on Fern Canyon Road. There are no evacuation orders at this time. Units will remain on scene to conduct 'mop up' activities.

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How Do I Sign Up for Public Safety Alerts?

September 16, 2019 

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.

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Arrested Felon in Possession of a Firearm

September 16, 2019 

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 6:00 AM a Deputy with the Marin County Sheriff’s Department located an unresponsive man sitting in the driver’s seat of a Mercedes Benz at 789 Redwood Hwy Frontage Road in Mill Valley.

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Update on Attack Near Park School

September 15, 2019 

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.

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Residential and Vehicle Burglaries

August 5, 2019 

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.

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Recent Increase in Auto Burglaries

July 2, 2019 

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.

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2019/2020 RSVP Permits

July 2, 2019 

The new 2019/2020 RSVP Parking Permits will go on sale starting July 8, 2019. These permits are valid from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020.

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Join MVPD on July 13th for Coffee with a Cop

June 27, 2019 

The Mill Valley Police Department would like it a latte if you joined us for coffee and conversation on Saturday, July 13, 2019 between 7 AM to 9 AM at Equator Coffees located at 2 Miller Ave in downtown Mill Valley.

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City of Mill Valley Conducts Annual Evacuation Drill

May 18, 2019 

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.

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Annual Evacuation Drill

May 15, 2019 

Join us for the Annual Evacuation Drill in Scott Valley, Alto/Sutton Manor, and Surrounding Neighborhoods on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9 am-12 pm.

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Multi-Use Path Safety Concerns and Actions

May 9, 2019 

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.

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Mill Valley Middle School - News

May 7, 2019 

The Mill Valley Police Department continues to work with Mill Valley Middle School administrators and staff to address concerns related to the April 30, 2019 discovery of unused bullets on the Middle School campus.

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Share the Bike Path

April 23, 2019 

As the weather begins to warm up the Multi-Use Path that runs between Mill Valley and Sausalito has begun to see an increase in users! We want to take a moment to remind those that use the Multi-Use Path to “Share the Path!”


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Fire Prevention and Preparedness Community Meeting

April 4, 2019 

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.

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MVPD to Host Coffee with a Cop on April 25th

April 1, 2019 

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.

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Mill Valley Little League Parade

February 26, 2019 

Batter up! It is getting close to Opening Day 2019 for Mill Valley Little League. On Saturday March 16, 2019, Mill Valley Little Leaguers will be participating in their annual parade.

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Update on Fire Preparedness and Prevention Initiatives

January 29, 2019 

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.

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Gas Powered Leaf Blowers are Prohibited

January 24, 2019 

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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Beware of Parking Lot Scams

January 3, 2019 

There have been multiple reports of an unlicensed solicitor driving a newer, white, Toyota Tundra, offering to repair dents and scratches in various parking lots within Mill Valley.

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Mill Valley’s Response to Last Week’s Bomb Threat

December 5, 2018 

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.

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Free Holiday Meter Parking and RSVP Permit News

November 8, 2018 

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.

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2018 Mill Valley POA Angel Tree

November 7, 2018 

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.

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New Phone Scam: Virtual Kidnapping

October 25, 2018 

A new phone scam is sweeping the area. In this instance, subjects are calling people/parents and advising them that their child has been kidnapped. Obviously, this type of incident will put parents into a panic and rightfully so.

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National Test of the Alert & Warning Systems Wednesday, 10/3/18

October 2, 2018 

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).

OnWednesday 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).
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Cypress Trail – Closed to Bikes and Horses

September 19, 2018 

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.

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Private Bus and Shuttle Operations

August 9, 2018 

At their meeting on July 30, the City Council heard an informational update on current regulations governing private charter vehicles and tour operations within Mill Valley City limits.

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Fourth of July

June 21, 2018 

The Mill Valley Police Department wishes you a happy 4th of July! Please celebrate safely and responsibly.

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Register your Security Cameras with the Mill Valley Police Department

June 18, 2018 

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 cdelatorre@cityofmillvalley.org


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Register for National Night Out

May 30, 2018 

The Mill Valley Police Department would like to partner with the community for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. This is a national community-building campaign that promotes community policing partnerships.

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Keep Mill Valley Free of Graffiti

May 24, 2018 

Graffiti throughout Mill Valley has been on the rise in the last 6 months. There has been graffiti reported on buildings, parks, mailboxes, and even on the Gravity Car in Depot Plaza

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Super Bowl Safety Tips

February 1, 2018 

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.

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DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze

January 17, 2018 

A DUI arrest can result from more than just alcohol. Operating a vehicle with illicit drugs or medications in your system also can lead to a DUI charge.

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Vacation Watch/Extra Patrols

December 21, 2017 

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.


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Door to Door Salesperson Scams

December 20, 2017 

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.

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Pedestrian Crosswalk Awareness Operation

December 8, 2017 

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.

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Holiday Safety

November 22, 2017 

While celebrating this holiday season, we want you to have peace of mind that your property remains undisturbed and you return to it the way you left it. Here are some safety tips in order to have a cheerful and safe holiday season:

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Free Holiday Parking

November 16, 2017 

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.

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Southern Marin Agencies Supporting North Bay Fire Efforts

October 14, 2017 

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.

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Red Flag Warning Issued for North Bay

October 13, 2017 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning with gusty winds and low humidity today throug Saturday. The increasing wind and low humidity will generate critical fire weather conditions again over Northern California.

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Unhealthy Air Quality Today - 10/12/2017

October 12, 2017 

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.

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How You Can Help Relief Efforts in the North Bay

October 12, 2017 

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.

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Prepare Your Household for an Emergency

October 12, 2017 

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.

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Mill Valley Impacted by the North Bay Fires

October 12, 2017 

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.

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Beware of Scams

October 11, 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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Support for City Staff Impacted by Sonoma & Napa Fires

October 9, 2017 

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.

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Coexisting with Coyotes

October 4, 2017 

Join us for this informative forum highlighting the partnership between Project Coyote, Marin Humane, and Marin County Parks.Tuesday, October 24th 7:00-9:00pm at the Mill Valley Public Library.

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International Walk to School Day

October 3, 2017 

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.

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Texting and Driving

September 28, 2017 

Distracted driving includes any behavior that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. This can include using a cell phone, eating, applying makeup, talking to passengers, or adjusting a playlist, among other activities.

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Zero Breast Cancer Walk to Detour onto Millside Lane, Marion Avenue and Hazel Avenue this Saturday 9/23

September 21, 2017 

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.

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Bicycle Safety

September 19, 2017 

The Mill Valley Police Department wants to reiterate the importance of bicycle safety out on our roads.

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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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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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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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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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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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