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April 2013 Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The Sierra Madre Police Department Participates with the Zero Tolerance Distracted Driving Enforcement Operation

Sierra Madre, CA. – As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Sierra Madre Police Department will be actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones for the month of April. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. In April 2012, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!”

Reserve Police Officers

Reserve police officers volunteer their time by assisting with a variety of law enforcement duties, from providing additional staffing at special city functions to assisting after natural disasters.  Men and women choose to be reserve officers for several reasons. Some reserve officers are considering a career in law enforcement and serving as reserve police officers helps them gain valuable experience. Other reserve officers are employed in a variety of other fields, but are interested in law enforcement and making Sierra Madre a safer place to live.

Reserve officers must pass the same selection standards as full-time officers and have the same academy and field training requirements. Most reserves work patrol duties as a partner with a full-time officer, but some have enough experience to function in a single-person capacity during their on-duty shift. Reserve officers wear the same uniform and cannot be distinguished by appearance from a full-time officer, and while working, reserve officers carry the same duties and responsibilities as full-time compensated police officers. Sierra Madre reserve officers must work 16 hours per month to maintain their status with the Department.

Reserve officers are vital in filling gaps in personnel needs and save the community in overtime costs with many of the tasks they perform. Several current, full-time police officers began with Sierra Madre as reserve officers.

For more information contact Sergeant Joe Oritz.