Police Department Press Releases

April 26, 2017

Wear jeans with a purpose on Denim Day Wednesday, April 26, 2017 as a visible sign of protest against the myths that still surround sexual assaults. Wearing jeans is an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assaults. This day we unite against the sexual assault of girls , women, boys, and men. We stand in support of survivors. We break the silence to end sexual violence.

March 2017

The Orland Volunteer Fire Department and Orland Police Officer’s Association would like to encourage Orland High School Seniors to apply for the Nick Mondragon Public Safety Scholarship. Applications must be submitted to the Orland Police Department by May 1, 2017. Applications are available at Orland High School and the Orland Police Department. For more information please go to Academic Scholarship Application .

February 2017


It is important to talk to children about safe and unsafe touching starting at a young age. Teach your child about body safety.Tell your child, “You are the boss of your body. If someone touches you in a way that makes you uncomfortable, say NO, get aways, and tell an adult..” Teach your child the proper names for body parts. This will help him/her feel more comfortable telling you if there is a problem. Explain that private parts are those that are covered by bathing suits and that they should stay covered. Say, “It’s not OK for others to look at or touch your private parts, unless that person is your doctor or parent.” Let your child know that no one should ask him/her to keep a secret and that it’s never OK to keep secrets from your parents.Talk to your child about stranger danger. Teach him/her not to accept anything from or go anywhere with a stranger.

January 2017


Tax-related identify theft increases in January and commonly occurs when:

  • Thieves use stolen personal information to file tax returns in someone else’s name in order to obtain a refund.
  • Thieves use a stolen Social Security number for employment, which may complicate state & federal income tax obligations for the victim.

Consumers are urged to use the following tips to better prevent tax-related identity theft:

  • Never open an email or a text message that says it is from the IRS or the FTB – they are always fraudulent.  State and federal tax agencies never initiate contact with taxpayers by email.
  • Do not routinely carry your card or other documents that display your SSN.
  • While preparing your tax return for electronic filing, make sure to use a strong password.
  • Once you have e-filed your return, save it to a flash drive, CD or similar device and then delete the tax information from your hard drive. Store the CD or flash drive in a safe place.
  • If your SS# is stolen, reference the California Attorney General’s Identity Theft First Aid page for instructions on what to do : www.oag.ca.gov/idtheft/first-aid.

For more information on how to identify and protect yourself from identity theft visit the Attorney General Xavier Becerra ’s website https://oag.ca.gov/

November – December 2016

Tips for Safe Shopping

Review your bank and credit card statements frequently for unfamiliar transactions. Contact your bank promptly if you see any suspicious transactions. Cancel the card immediately if you notice unusual transactions and get a replacement with a different number. Try to avoid making purchases in free Wi-Fi hotspots, such as a coffee shop, which can put your passwords and other information at risk. If you are receiving text messages on your cell phone saying you have won a prize or gift, do not click on the link, it is most likely a scam.

Holiday Tips

The holiday season is unique. Every burglar knows that every home will have brand new and often expensive gifts inside. This is the time of year when vigilance will be rewarded. Keep presents out of sight from windows. It may just be a quick trip to the store but LOCK your doors. Burglars can be in and out of your home in a matter of minutes. Put timers on lights if you are going out of town. It leaves the impression that somebody is home.

Most burglars do not plan their break ins. They are crimes of opportunity. They pick what appears to be a simple target. If they see a greater risk than they anticipated, they move onto a more desirable target. Therefore, the more effort you take to keep your home from being a simple target, the safer you will be. No home is completely burglar proof.

One final thing to remember is that burglars very often drive through neighborhoods shortly after the holidays. Specifically they are looking at the trash left at the curb in front of your home. If you received a computer, television, stereo or other large item do not put the empty box at the curb. That is an advertisement to a thief.

What steps can you take?

  • Trim shrubbery and trees around windows and doors. Plant thorny plants along fences and under windows. Keep lawn mowed and mail picked up, uncut lawn may indicate you have been away from your home for some time.
  • Visibility is your second line of defense. Make sure that your house number is of reflective material and visible from the street. Exterior lighting is critical and must be in good working order. Motion lighting is helpful at all doors and entry ways.
  • The front and rear doors to your home should be heavy hard wood or metal wrapped. Windows are one of the weakest links in your home. Make sure that all windows are closed and locked.
  • Good locks make a difference. Every front and rear door should have two locks one of which should be a dead bolt lock.
  • Join and become active in your local neighborhood watch programs.
  • Never leave a voice message on your answering machine telling people you will be out of town. When on vacation stop all mail delivery including newspapers. Ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your home while you are away. Call your police department for a house watch while you are on vacation.

October 2016

Halloween Night

Come join us for the annual Halloween night full of games, prizes and fun for the whole family. Monday, October 31st – Parade starts at 6:00pm beginning at the Post Office and ending at the fairgrounds, sponsored by Orland Kiwanis Club .

Red Ribbon Week is October 23 – 31, 2016


  • Tips for a Safe Halloween
  • Wear a costume that makes it easier for you to walk, see, and be seen.
  • Carry a flashlight with you, so you can see and be seen easily.
  • Use retro-reflective tape on your costume to be seen easily.
  • Use makeup instead of a mask.
  • Ask your parents, older brother or sister to Trick-or-Treat with you.
  • If someone older cannot go with you, Trick-or-Treat with a group.
  • Cross only at corners. Never cross between parked cars or mid-block.
  • If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic.
  • Wait until you get home to sort, check and eat your treats.

September 2016

Back to School – Safety Tips for Children

  • Be careful when getting off the bus.
  • Look both ways when crossing the street.
  • Cross the street only at intersections.
  • Never chase a ball or pet into the street.
  • Always wear your seatbelt while riding in a car.
  • Wear a helmet when riding your bike.
  • Never talk to strangers or let strangers in your house.
  • If someone is acting odd or strange, tell an adult.
  • Always tell an adult where you are going.
  • Dial 9-1-1 when there is an emergency.

August 2016

School Opens Soon

First day of school will be Monday, August 15th. The police department is urging everyone to be extremely cautious. There will be a marked increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic as well as automotive traffic around the schools. Here are a few tips to help keep our children safe.

  • Take the time at home to go over safety rules with your children before school starts, remind your child to wear a bicycle helmet and obey all traffic laws. Above all, stress to your children to watch for cars and not to dart out between parked cars.
  • Watch for children on foot and on bicycles in areas of the schools and on the routes taken to get to the school.
  • The speed limit in any school zone is 25 miles per hour. When driving children to school allow a few extra minutes so children will not be late.

Heavy bus, car, bicycle and pedestrian traffic around the schools can be expected. Parents are urged to obey all traffic laws, including parking and curb markings. The traffic laws, parking ordinances and curb markings are there for the safety of our children. Leave a bit early when driving children to school and be observant. This will have to be a team effort but working together we can make this a safe school opening for all of our children.


National Night Out is the first Tuesday in August. The VIPS sponsor a fun family evening of events at Orland Library Park from 6 – 9 pm. Please come and join in on the fun. National Night Out 2016

Orland PD K-9 Music Festival is Saturday, August 20th at the Glenn County Fairgrounds from 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Local food vendors, beer garden, bounce house, face painting and K-9 demonstrations, featuring three bands. Donations at the gate and all proceeds go towards Orland PD- K-9 Unit Rueger and Miky. A fun family event.

July 2016

Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

  • Use only “Safe & Sane” fireworks.
  • Always have an adult present.
  • Use fireworks outdoors on a hard surface, clear of debris.
  • Never light near dry grass or other flamable materials.Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose handy.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Keep a safe distance and never bend directly over fireworks.

June 2016

Orland Police Department will step-up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations throughout the summer months. Officers will focus enforcment on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

February 2016


January 2016

The Orland Police Department will be hosting its 20th Annual Citizen’s Police Academy beginning January 30, 2016. The Citizen’s Academy is a mandatory class for those wishing to take part in the Orland V.I.P.S. Program. For more inforamtion e-mail Officer Cessna at kcessna@cityoforland.com.

Special Traffic Enforcement in August 2015

The Orland Police Department will step up Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement the week of August 24th through August 28th. We want our children safe going to and from school. The Press Release is attached.

July 2015

Safety Tips for Summer

Heatstroke Deaths of Children in Vehicles

With temperatures rising above 100 degrees, parents and other caregivers need to be educated that a vehicle is not a babysitter or play area. On average 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles. Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car and the end results can be injury or even death.

* Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute.

* If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle call 9 -1-1.

* Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. Don’t overlook sleeping babies.

* Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. Teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.

May 2015

Cell Phones, Texting. It’s Not Worth It. It’s Just That Simple

There are plenty of facts, figures and details about distracted driving, but let’s get the plain and simple ones on the table first:

  • 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.
  • Up to 6000 people nationwide are killed in crashes where driver distractions are involved.
  • Talking on a cell phone or texting is the number one source of driver distractions.
  • Texting takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, far enough to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph. Most crashes happen with less than 3 seconds reaction time.
  • The act of talking on a cell phone, even hands free, can give you “inattention blindness,” where your brain isn’t seeing what’s right in front of you. You aren’t even aware that you are driving impaired. If you think you can handle both driving and talking on a cell phone or texting, you are kidding yourself and putting us all at risk.

Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road or your hands off the steering wheel – especially texting and cell phone use, whether hands-free or handheld. Who’s doing it? Most of us. It has been estimated that, at any one time, over 10 percent of drivers are using a mobile device.

A ticket for $159 for texting or talking on a cell phone is a major distraction to your wallet.

What can you do? Most important, obey the law. It’s there for a reason. Also, do your best to eliminate distractions:

  • Never text and drive
  • Turn off your phone when you get behind the wheel
  • Don’t text or call someone when you know they are likely to be driving
  • Make a pact with your family, spouse, and caregivers never to use the phone with kids in the car.
  • No eating or drinking while driving
  • Don’t program your GPS, MP3 player or other devices while driving
  • Pull over and stop to read maps.
  • No grooming
  • No reading
  • No watching videos
  • Try not to get too involved with passengers
  • If something falls to the floor, pull over before trying to reach it.

Remember, it’s not where your hands are …
it’s where your head is.

April 2015

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April 15, 2014

Town Hall Meeting at Orland Memorial Hall for I-5 Tragedy

The community is invited to a special Towh Hall Meeting starting at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, April 15th at Orland Memorial Hall, 320 Third Street in Orland. This will be our opportunity to share feelings about the tragedy, connect needs with support services and start the healing process. Please invite your neighbors, friends and family. For more information you can contact City Hall at 865-1600.

February – 2014

Traffic Enforcement Campaign Targeting Traffic Safety

The Orland Police Department will be conducting special Traffic Safety Enfrcement Operations through the month of February. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 2nd extra officers will be on duty patrolling, concentrating on those drivers who choose not to have a Super Sunday and are found to be driving under the influence. Officers will be conducting Traffic Safety Enforcement and Distracted Driving Operations cracking down on drivers using their hand held cell phones, whether they are speaking or texting on them as well as moving violations that may cause collisions, injuries or fatalities. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

December – 2013

Discount Liquor Store

JULY 2013

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”….Zero Tolerance

Most Americans don’t realize July 4th is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes. That’s why on this Fourth of July law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired driving as a part of the ongoing “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. To save lives on our roadways this Fourth of July, local law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired driving through increased sobriety checkpoints, roving and saturation patrols, and other enforcement methods. Impaired-driving crashes killed 10,228 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.  That’s an average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality every 51 minutes.

Here are a few simple tips to avoid a drunk-driving disaster:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate: Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!
  • And remember, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. More information on the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement crackdown can be found on www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.