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Officer Shane’s Tip: Stick Hands Out Window During Car Stops

Motor officer Shane Spielman has seen it all during his 10 years patrolling the streets of Anaheim. Laws change. But bad drivers remain.

Officer Shane

He wants to make our streets safer. Got a question about the rules of the road?

He’s got an answer. 

Opal asked, “If you pull someone over where would you like to see their hands? Open on the steering wheel? Open out the window?

Officer Shane says, “To be honest, I get the hands out the window frequently…It’s nice to be able to see the hands quickly. On the streering wheel is fine too.

Sue asked, “Is it legal to change lanes in an intersection?

Officer Shane says, “It’s not illegal; however, it may not be the safest thing to do. Be careful.

Ernie asked, “Is is legal to park motor homes on city streets or driveways?”

Officer Shane says, “It can’t be parked in the same location for more than 72 hours.”

911 Calls

From the “did you know” category: Until recently, all emergency calls made from cell phones were directed to the California Highway Patrol.

Not so anymore.

According to Officer Shane, cell towers direct emergency callers in Anaheim to Anaheim PD, expediting customer service.

Athena asked, ”My son wants to know: Do you have to be buckled up if you are in an RV while it is being driven

You can reach him on Facebook or at sspielman@anaheim.net.

Check out his page here.

APD Dispatchers Partner with Supermodel to Mentor Expectant Teen Mothers

By Ryan Dedmon

Anaheim Police Dispatch personnel volunteered last weekend to work a community event to support single teen mothers. 

9-1-1 For Kids and Kathy Ireland Worldwide proudly presented the 20th Annual “IGNITE”: A Mentorship Program for Single Teen Mothers.  The program has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading mentor programs for single teen mothers, and it received the Governor ‘s Crystal Star Award in 1996.

PRS Perez and Kathy Ireland

Kathy Ireland (former supermodel and current CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide) developed the program in 1990 with 9-1-1 For Kids founder Elise Kim.  The program works with local social service organizations in identifying disadvantaged single teen mothers.  Those teen mothers are then invited to take part in this program to address the complex issues of pregnancy.  

According to 9-1-1 For Kids, “IGNITE matches professional businesswomen as mentors and role models to over 100 single teen mothers.  Single teen mothers who participate successfully transition into responsible adults, gain new hope and aspirations, and learn responsible parenting.”
Police Service Representative (PSR) Ofelia Perez and I had the honor of meeting Ireland and working this event with the 9-1-1 For Kids Organization. 

PSR Perez with Morales and Vasquez

PSR Perez was matched to be a mentor for 2 teen mothers (Azusena Morales, 16, and Marina Vasquez, 14).  PSR Perez went through ice-breaking activities and listened to motivational speakers, including Ireland.  Then they began a series of workshops designed to give the expecting teen mothers information on preparing for the complex job of motherhood.  The workshops included: Women’s Healthcare, Pre/Post Natal Care, First Aid and CPR, Financial & Life Planning, Domestic Violence & Child Abuse Prevention, and Child Safety & 9-1-1 Call Training.
I had the privilege of teaching the 9-1-1 Call Training workshop in the event the teens may have to call 9-1-1 for an emergency regarding the welfare of their new child.  The California Highway Patrol donated over 100 child safety car seats, which were given to the teen mothers, and two CHP officers demonstrated proper installation.  Doctors from USC’s Keck School of Medicine stressed the importance of healthcare, while EMT’s from Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital conducted CPR training. 

“Teen mothers hurt in so many different ways, and they are in great need of direction and encouragement”, said PSR Perez. 

Perez’s teen mentees are due to give birth in October and December.  She summed up her experience by saying, “We need to find time in our busy lives to reach out to those who may just need a friend.”

We wish Azusena and Marina the very best and we will continue to walk with them and support them on their journey to motherhood.

A special thanks to the 9-1-1 For Kids Organization for allowing us to take part in this wonderful event, truly an amazing experience for both mentors and mentees.

APD and Partners Provide Free Car Seats to 32 Families

A properly installed child seat reduces an infant’s risk of dying in a car wreck by 71 percent.

CHP safety coordinator Tina Buell buckles Noah Sandoval, 4

For older youngsters, it’s 54 percent.

For four hours Friday, Anaheim Police Department and California Highway Patrol officials installed more than 50 car seats for 32 families at the Anaheim Family Justice Center.

“It makes me feel more secure knowing my children are as safe as possible,” said Shawna Sandoval, of Fullerton. “It’s so nice of everybody involved to give us these car seats, and to make sure it’s
fastened properly.”

Kerith Dilley, Executive Director of the AFJC Foundation, said the seats were a gift from the National Latino Peace Officers Association of Orange County.  

The event was hosted by State Sen. Lou Correa. His office also offered fingerprinting for children – to provide a record, just in case.

“Most of the families who received them today have limited financial resources, which makes the gift even more significant,” Dilley said. “We are blessed in Anaheim to have so many community partners committed to keeping the community safe.”