Walnut Creek Police Department

  • Agency: Walnut Creek Police Department
  • Address: 1666 N. Main St., Walnut , 94596 CA
  • Chief: Thomas Soberanes (Chief of Police)

Walnut Creek Police Department is located at 1666 N. Main St., Walnut , 94596 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Thomas Soberanes. The Walnut Creek Police Department phone number is 925-943-5844.

Walnut Creek Police Department News

Hearing the words “Officer Down” is the worst nightmare of every individual in law enforcement. We are so grateful the Antioch Officer who was shot last night is expected to make a full recovery! Antioch Police Department

***Murder Charges Filed in Fatal Collision on 10/25/18*** *********************************************** WCPD Case Number: 18-34702 Date / Time Occurred: Thursday, 10/25/18, 6:32 PM Location: S Broadway extension from Highway 680 Crime Description / Code: Fatal Traffic Collision Suspect: Jessica A. Martin, Date of Birth 8/5/83; resident of Tennessee (see photo) Press Release Prepared By: Lieutenant Tom Cashion _________________________________________________ At 6:32 PM on Thursday, October 25th, Walnut Creek PD dispatch received multiple 911 calls regarding a rollover collision on S. Broadway involving multiple vehicles and a possible fatality. Officers arrived on scene to find four vehicles involved, one confirmed fatality, and multiple people injured. Firefighters from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District had to extricate the driver of the first vehicle struck. He sustained major injuries and was transported by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. The driver of the second vehicle struck was pronounced deceased at the scene and a young child located in this vehicle was transported to the hospital with major injuries. The driver of the third vehicle suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. Jessica Martin, 35 years old, was driving the vehicle that collided with the three vehicles mentioned above. Martin was travelling southbound on S. Broadway when she collided into the three vehicles that were travelling northbound on S. Broadway. Martin suffered moderate injuries and was transported to John Muir Medical Center by ambulance. Officers suspected Martin was driving under the influence of alcohol. Martin was arrested at the hospital for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. Martin’s passenger suffered minor injuries and was also transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment. Investigators are trying to determine where Martin was coming from prior to the collision and is seeking assistance from the public. If anyone has information regarding this collision, please contact Detective Sergeant Bruce Jower at (925) 943-5899 ext. 3582 or jower@walnutcreekpd.com *****************UPDATE******************* Today the Walnut Creek Police Department was notified the 8 month old baby who was injured in this collision passed away from her injuries at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. This afternoon, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and charged Martin with two counts of Murder, one count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing great bodily injury and one count of driving with a .08% or greater blood alcohol content causing injury. Martin remains in custody and her bail is set at $2.1 million. Please direct all press inquiries to Lt. Tom Cashion at 925-943-5899 ext. 5880. The Walnut Creek Police Department also requests the public and media be respectful of the family’s privacy during their time of grief.

Please watch the video link below of a residential burglar in action. This video shows the suspect scaling a security fence to gain entry into a condo complex courtyard in the downtown area. After gaining access to the courtyard, the suspect opened a patio slider, entered a condo, and stole a purse from within. The suspect is described as an Asian or White male, 40 years old, 5'10" tall, short hair with a distinctive hairline. If you know the identity of this person, please contact Detective Deng at the Walnut Creek Police Department at 925-935-6400. Thanks for your help! YouTube link: https://youtu.be/WFBMSbIladM

A Red Flag Warning for the East Bay Hills runs from late tonight into Wednesday morning. Gusty winds and low relative humidity will lead to critical fire weather conditions during this period.

Last night (Oct. 25) at about 6:32 PM, WCPD officers were dispatched to a major injury collision involving four vehicles on S.Broadway near Rudgear Road. Upon arrival, officers determined one of the drivers suffered fatal injuries, while five others suffered injuries ranging from critical to minor (including a child). Jessica Martin (35 year old female from Tennessee) was arrested at the hospital for felony DUI and manslaughter. This devastating tragedy should have never occurred and could have been prevented simply by choosing not to drink and drive. The Walnut Creek Police Department offers our sincere and heartfelt condolences to those involved in this tragic event, their families and even those who had to bear witness. Let this event offer a reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving and please choose wisely before putting your own life or the lives of others at risk.

On 10/24/18 in the late evenings hours, WCPD special enforcement officers were in the area of Treat and Main due to an increase in recent property related crimes. While in the area, an observant officer conducted a traffic stop on a sedan with paper plates. Terrill Charles (male from Santa Rosa) and Deisha Truax (female from Santa Rosa) were contacted. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a stolen firearm and approx 1/3 ounce of heroin. Both were arrested for a slew of felony charges including possession of a stolen firearm, possession of narcotics for sales and felon in possession of a firearm. This serves as a reminder that a minor vehicle violation can lead officers to much more than meets the eye.

One consequence of the homelessness crisis is panhandling. Please do not give money to those panhandling. Our experience has shown these donations are often spent on alcohol or drugs which further exacerbates homelessness. We suggest giving to local charities instead.

Did you know modifying your vehicle's exhaust system to increase engine noise (in excess of Vehicle Code limits) is illegal? We regularly cite vehicle owners for this violation and the combination of repairs and fines can get expensive. Besides, your neighbors will thank you for not being THAT car that can be heard long before it's seen. Vehicle Code Section 27151(a) states: No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor of the vehicle so that the vehicle is not in compliance with the provisions of Section 27150 or exceeds the noise limits established for the type of vehicle in Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 27200). No person shall operate a motor vehicle with an exhaust system so modified.

Come to the Spooky Pooch Fest this Sunday (10/14) at Heather Farm Park! The event benefits the Contra Costa Humane Society and will be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. WCPD will be doing a K9 demo at 12:30 pm in the parking lot between the dog park and fields 5 and 6. We hope to see you there! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spooky-pooch-fest-registration-47570855710

Our 911 call center has been fielding numerous calls from concerned citizens about smoke in the area. We've confirmed with our partners at Contra Costa County Fire that the smoke is currently coming from several fires in the Solano County area and there are no active grass fires in the Walnut Creek area. Here's the info from ConFire. Heavy smoke in air in and around central Contra Costa County this morning result of four-alarm Solano County fire. Please do not call 911 for this smoke. BUT, Red Flag conditions persist through Monday county-wide. Please be vigilant for any actual fires and be safe in outdoors. pic.twitter.com/YocDsCAD6M

Thank you Colorado Springs Police Department!

Important message from FEMA! 📳 Tomorrow (Wednesday) 10/3, you’ll get a test emergency alert message on your cell phone at 11:18 AM. This is a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system. Please help share this reminder so your friends and family members are prepared. What to expect: 🔸 You’ll hear a loud tone & vibration. 🔸 A message box will pop up on the screen and will show a message that starts with “THIS IS A TEST” and ends with “No action is needed.” 🔸 If you’re watching TV or listening to the radio, you may also see or hear a test message around the same time. This nationwide test is to ensure that during a major national emergency affecting public safety, it will be possible to alert people quickly. FEMA and the Federal Communications Commission will be evaluating the readiness of the emergency alert infrastructure to see if improvements are needed. For more information, please visit fema.gov/emergency-alert-test

After 33 years of honorable and distinguished service in law enforcement, Lieutenant Steve Bertolozzi is retiring from the Walnut Creek Police Department. Lieutenant Bertolozzi began his career in law enforcement at the South San Francisco Police Department in 1985, and joined the Walnut Creek Police Department in May of 1996. He has been a dedicated law enforcement officer for over three decades, and the Walnut Creek Police Department, the City of Walnut Creek, and members of the Walnut Creek community are grateful beyond measure for his service. Lieutenant Bertolozzi advanced quickly to various special assignments, teams and promotions at WCPD, including: one of our first Community Policing Officers, a Field Training Officer, Senior Officer, Master Officer, SWAT Team Member, Detective, Sergeant, Defensive Tactics Team Supervisor, K9 Team Supervisor, Communications Division Sergeant, Downtown Policing Team Sergeant, Communications Division Sergeant, Investigations Sergeant, School Resource Officer Supervisor, and Lieutenant. Lieutenant Bertolozzi’s dedication, commitment, and contributions to his law enforcement colleagues, the community, the City of Walnut Creek, and WCPD are immeasurable. Assuring his legacy continues in more ways than one – Lieutenant Bertolozzi’s son Tyler works at WCPD as an Officer and will continue his father’s work. We are honored to have not just one, but two Bertolozzi’s in our Department’s history! Bert, we will miss your professionalism, experience, expertise, and example within the walls of this Police Department every single day, and certainly your sense of humor! Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement, Bert!

This October, Walnut Creek PD will again be donning pink shoulder patches for Breast Cancer Awareness month, as part of the #pinkpatchproject. During the month of October, participating Police Departments across the country will wear specially designed pink shoulder patches to spread awareness for this important cause (and donate funds raised from patch purchases to various breast cancer organizations). Not only will we be wearing the patch, but we swapped one of the push bumpers on our Patrol Vehicles to a bright pink color for the month of October so that members of the community far and wide can see and know of our support for this very special cause. https://www.irwindaleca.gov/index.aspx?NID=364

Many Bay Area law enforcement agencies are noticing an increase in the number of callers who use the 911 system as a customer service line instead of reporting emergencies. An article that KTVU posted last week discusses people calling 9-1-1 for non-emergencies and the impact it can have on safety in the community. Every time someone calls 9-1-1 to report a non-emergency, they are diverting a police dispatcher’s attention away from someone who may be calling with a life or death scenario, and taking away valuable minutes and seconds from a caller in dire need of assistance. 9‑1‑1 is for police, fire or medical emergencies when immediate action is required: someone’s health, safety or property is in jeopardy or a crime is in progress. It is not to inquire information on the weather, power outages, or municipal services. Do not call 9-1-1 and ask for the non-emergency phone number. Have everyone in your family program their local law enforcement agencies non-emergency numbers into their phones. Where you live, where you work, where your kids attend school – have those numbers in your phone now so you can quickly access them in an emergency. Examples of when to call 9‑1‑1: - Events that involve an immediate threat to a person or property: Attacks, gunshots, fires, car accidents with injuries, or other medical emergencies - A substantive, in-progress crime: This includes fights, someone actively breaking into your home or business, or a report of an impaired driver - A serious crime that has just occurred: Such as a sexual assault or robbery If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, do not hang up - stay on the line and tell the Dispatcher that it was just a mistake. Otherwise, we may think there is an emergency and send Officers to your location or continue to call until we reach you. Instead of calling 9-1-1 for local phone numbers regarding services to the community, try calling 2-1-1. 2-1-1 is available throughout the United States by phone, text, and the internet. You’ll be connected with a community resource specialist in your area who can help find local services such as those related to services for health care, housing assistance, nutrition, veteran’s services, and addiction/rehabilitation programs. It is accessible 24/7, in all languages, and it is completely confidential. http://www.211.org/ Curious why traffic is impacted or looking to get information regarding traffic alerts in the area? 511 is your one stop phone and web source for the latest Bay Area traffic, transit, carpool, bicycling, and parking information. It's free and available 24/7 – from anywhere in the Bay Area. Call 511 or visit 511.org. http://www.ktvu.com/news/abuse-of-911-alarming-number-of-callers-use-emergency-service-as-customer-service-line Walnut Creek PD - Non Emergency Line - 925.935.6400 Walnut Creek PD General Information (NOT to report a crime) - 925.943.5844 Walnut Creek PD Records - 925.943.5890

Did you know that coffee shop laptop thefts are on the rise in the Bay Area? They are! Criminals may seek out people using laptops or tablets at coffee shops as a crime of opportunity, thinking they are easy targets due to being distracted to their surroundings, leaving their laptop unattended to use the restroom or to grab another cup of coffee, and due to the potential volume of electronics in the vicinity. If you must use a laptop or tablet while at a coffee shop or restaurant, harden the target and do not sit outside or right near a door. Be aware of your surroundings, who is entering the establishment, and who may be approaching you or your table. If someone does try to take your laptop, do not attempt to apprehend them. Your safety is what matters most and your life is not worth trying to chase after your property. If someone does take (or try to take) your electronic device, call the police immediately, noting the suspect's description, clothing, direction of travel, vehicle description, and license plate.

Walnut Creek Police Simulated Training Exercise September 26, 2018 / Broadway Plaza The Walnut Creek Police Department and Contra Costa Fire will be conducting simulated training at Broadway Plaza on Wednesday, September 26th, from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am. There will be partial lane closures on sections of Broadway Plaza, S. Main Street and Mt. Diablo Blvd that boarder Broadway Plaza. There will be smoke and short loud bangs during this training, but there will not be prolonged noise. Please stay clear of all marked sections of Broadway Plaza during this training.

Take a minute (literally, the video is only a minute) to think about Deputy Mark Stasyuk today... and his little sister who’s going to be missing her big brother Mark for a long time, his Mom and Dad, his new bride, and all his friends, family, Patrol partner, and coworkers who are grieving right now. Mark loved his family, the outdoors, and his job to protect and serve the community. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Reminder of where we will be tonight! We hope to see you there!

Reminder: today at 11:18 a.m., the US Federal Government will be initiating a nationwide Wireless Emergency (WEA) test. If you’ve ever received an Amber Alert notification on your smart phone, it’s going to look and sound very similar. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” We ask you to only call 911 for life-threatening emergencies. For further information, click the FEMA link below: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test

We are deeply saddened to share that Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Mark Stasyuk succumbed to the wounds he received when shot in the line of duty today. Stasyuk and his partner responded to a disturbance at a store in Rancho Cordova when they were fired upon. Stasyuk’s partner was also shot, along with a civilian. The suspect was apprehended. Mark was 27 years old, had been a Deputy for around four and a half years, and was recently married in March 2018. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family, friends, and loved ones during this tragic time, as well as the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Come join the Walnut Creek Police Department at Applebee’s in Walnut Creek on September 20th from 5pm-9pm to help us support the Special Olympics.

Do you ever find yourself with a question...you know it's not a police question, but you don't know who else to call? Make 2-1-1 part of your vocabulary! 2-1-1 Contra Costa can assist with questions such as: *Homeless services *Medical/Dental needs *Transportation needs *Social Services Get connected to a specialist 24/7. It's free and confidential and available in multiple languages. Check them out online too: http://www.211bayarea.org Walnut Creek PD is here for you 24/7 via our phone tree: 925-943-5844, our direct to Dispatch # 925-935-6400 or 9-1-1 for life and death emergencies.

Next Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 11:18 a.m., the US Federal Government will be initiating a nationwide Wireless Emergency (WEA) test. If you’ve ever received an Amber Alert notification on your smart phone, it’s going to look and sound very similar. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” We ask you to only call 911 for life-threatening emergencies. As they say: This is only a test! For further information, click the FEMA link below: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test