California Police Department

  • Agency: California Police Department
  • Address: 500 S Oak St, California, 65018 MO
  • Chief: Fred Kirchoff (Chief of Police)
Phone: 573-796-2818

California Police Department is located at 500 S Oak St, California, 65018 MO. The Chief of Police of the department is Fred Kirchoff. The California Police Department phone number is 573-796-2818.

California Police Department News

*****Please share the word****** *****updated information****** The person that dumped the shingles at the compost site has come forward. We first want to thank him for his honesty and stepping up. We also want to thank everyone that shared this post or called to share information. We are blessed to work in a great community. Thank you for your support. Dale Embry Interim Chief of Police The California Police Department is asking for assistance in locating the person or persons responsible for dumping a large quantity of asbestos siding shingles at the community compost site. The date the shingles were dumped is unknown. If you have information please contact the California Police Department at 573-796-2818.

The California Police Department would like to remind each of you, no matter what you have planned, please make safety a part of your weekend. Make your weekend an enjoyable weekend and not a weekend of tragedy If you're traveling this weekend, be extra careful on the road. Many people will be out and about with many things other than driving on their mind. Keep safety in mind at all times. Enjoy your days off . . . you deserve them, but be safe. . . It will make the weekend more enjoyable.

This little guy is missing from the area of of Southeast Terrace and Randolph Street. He is wearing a red color with a red box on the color. He is an older Shih Tzu, black and white in color. If you happen to see him or know his whereabouts, please contact the police department at 573-796-2818. Thanks

This article appears in the May 16th, 2018 issue of the California Democrat. The article written and photo taken by staff journalist David Wilson. Capt. Dale Embry, of the California Police Department, has been appointed as interim police chief. This appointment followed the resignation of Chief Mike Ward. Embry was appointed by Mayor Norris Gerhart May 3, following the effective time of the resignation, and approved by the City Council at its regular monthly board meeting May 7. He will serve until a new police chief is selected. The council plans to advertise the position for 30 days, to determine what candidates will be interviewed. According to Gerhart, Ward submitted his resignation May 2, to be effective May 3, with no reason given. Embry commented the resignation happened quickly, meaning there is a very limited transition period. He has always been a road officer, and the interim chief appointment means he will now run the department in everyday operations. "That includes making sure the schedules are filled and routine calls are taken care of," he said. "The job is essentially the same, except for administrative work, such as the budget," he said. Even so, "There is a lot going on." Embry said he appreciates the strong support of the city council in this period of transition within the department. He said it is made easier by a good law enforcement and support staff. In addition to Embry, there are five officers — Jeff Lewis, Tyler Hicks, Keith Strutton, Rafael Ayala and Daniel Hurt. Kathy Roll is the police clerk. There are six police vehicles. The department has no reserve officers. According to Embry, that is at least in part because of the changes in the Police Officers Standard of Training regulatory program of the Missouri Department of Public Safety. It now requires 24 hours of training a year to remain qualified. Someone with a full-time job often is not able to devote the time to achieve the necessary training to remain qualified.

Thanks to the Moniteau County Emergency Dispatch Center for stopping by today to wish the Department, Happy Police Week. We appreciate all you do for us and for continually telling us where to go. You are all very much appreciated. In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

The California Police Department would like to thank Pastor Thomas Medlin and the youth from New Beginnings for their support and for the "goodies" they delivered to the police department this week. The guys appreciate all you do, and especially for the prayers. Thanks again!

We would like to say Happy Mother’s Day and wish all the Mom’s out there a blessed day. We would also like to remind everyone that today is Graduation Day for the California School District. We congratulate the graduating class of 2018. We have a great group of young people in our community and wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors. We would also like to remind everyone that traffic in and around the California High School will be congested for a while this afternoon. We ask for your patience. Thank You!

Sending out prayers to our brothers and sisters and to our extended families at The Miller County Sheriff’s Office. Also prayers going out to the friends and families of all those effected by today’s events.

Once again Spring is here. With the warmer weather comes the blossoms on the trees, and the grass starting to turn green It also brings out the people that like to enter into unlock vehicles for the purpose of stealing. The police department highly encourages you to lock your vehicles while they are parked overnight.. Over the past week officers have responded to numerous reports of vehicles being rummaged through and items taken. Some of these vehicles have had change from cup holders, small electronic devices, purses, wallets and other miscellaneous items taken. In a few of those incidents damage has been done to the vehicle. Please secure your car at night and do not leave valuables in plain sight. If you see or hear something that sounds or looks suspicious, please contact the police department. This is a crime of opportunity, if we as a community can take away the opportunity, the crime has no place to occur. We would also like to encourage anyone that has information that could help us apprehend the persons responsible for these thefts to contact the police department at 573-796-2818.

At approximately 17:30 hours, California Police Department Officers were advised of an attempted abduction at the Village Green Shopping Center. An older white male with a scraggly grey beard, in an early to mid 1980's two-tone conversion van, approached a teenage male subject and attempted to coax the teenager into the van. The teenager left and went into a restaurant where the teen then called his grandmother. The police department was notified and responded to the area. Upon arrival the suspect and the vehicle were gone. It's direction of travel was also unknown. The California High School was advised of the situation due to after school activities that were underway at the high school campus. At no time did the police department believe the school to be at risk, the notification was a precautionary measure. California School District Superintendent Dwight Sanders, working in cooperation with the California Police Department released a statement advising school staff and parents of the incident. The release of the statement by Superintendent Sanders also allowed for extra eyes to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle. Following the release of Superintendent Sanders message, officers received numerous phone calls from individuals saying they could possibly have information. Officers followed up on each of those leads, but as of this time, the vehicle and suspect have not been located. The driver was described as an older white male with a grey scraggly beard. He was also described as being very thin. The vehicle in the picture below is a representation of the suspect vehicle, it is not the actual suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was described as a two-tone blue, early to mid 1980's Conversion Van. The van was described as being very rusted. There were no license plates on either the front or the back of the vehicle. If you have information on this suspect or the vehicle, please contact the California Police Department at 573-796-2818.

Let’s clean up our town! Residential clean-up week is April 16-20, beginning at 6 a.m. each day. Pickup will be as follows: • Monday – Northeast section of town • Tuesday – Northwest section of town • Wednesday – Southwest section of town • Thursday – Southeast section of town • Friday – Re-sweep Large items include appliances, furniture, and brush up to 4 inches in diameter. Please place smaller items in boxes or trash bags. Old lumber or metal must be cut into 4 foot lengths and tied into bundles. Items that CANNOT be picked up are leaves, grass clippings, yard waste, rocks and bricks, concrete, hazardous or flammable household liquids, unclean paint cans, and automobile parts including tires and batteries. Yard waste can be disposed of at the compost site located north of California on Route O. Please pay attention to the rules at the compost site and DO NOT dump any other items at this site. The California Police Department would like to remind people to look around their property for items that could be considered a nuisance under city ordinance and to take advantage of this FREE opportunity before it is considered a City Ordinance Violation. Help keep California beautiful

Thanks to the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office, California Fire Department, California Rural Fire, California City Electric Department,and Durham Bus Services for their help with tonight's send off of our California Lady Pintos. The Lady Pintos Basketball Team was headed to Springfield for a chance to play for the Class 3 State Basketball Championship. A very special thanks to the guys from the Patriot Guard Riders for their participation tonight. Good Luck Lady Pintos! You Got This!

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Clinton Police Department as they morn the loss of another colleague.. We also wish a full and speedy recover to those that were injured.

Chief Michael Ward Media Release Date: 03/05/18 On Saturday 05/03/18 Officers were made aware of a possible threat made involving the California High school. A thorough investigation was conducted by the California Police department and Officers took two into custody. Seventeen year old Jose Guiterrez was taken to the Moniteau County Jail and has been charged with 2nd degree Terroristic Threats bond has been set at $15,000. The Second suspect a 14 year old male was also taken into custody and transported to Juvenile detention facility. The California Police Department is working in conjunction with the California School district and is dedicated to the safety of our youth. We will have an increased presence at the Elementary, Middle and High schools. We have no reason to believe there are any further threats but are committed to the safety of the schools. We would like to thank all who came forward and encourage all to report any information that places our children in harms way.

Today the California Police Department welcomed Brianna Kauffman and Lilly Owens on-board as "Rookie" police officers. Brianna and Lilly took part in Tipton High School's Job Shadowing Program. During the day they received instruction which included accident investigation, range safety and qualifications with department issued airsoft weapons. They also conducted building searches and were shown arrest techniques. These young ladies were a blast to hang out with today. We appreciated their willingness to learn and participate in our mini police academy class. When the time comes, we hope they chose to come back to Moniteau County to pursue their law enforcement careers. Two more shining examples of the great young people in our community. P.S. Good Luck Lady Cardinals on the rest of your basketball season.

This article appears in the February 21st, 2018 edition of the California Democrat. The article was written and photos taken by staff journalist David Wilson. Several California police officers took a visitor from Columbia, Brian Perry, to McDonald's for an early birthday breakfast Feb. 17. He turned 28 on Feb. 19. The surprise trip out for breakfast for Perry was arranged by his grandmother, Janice Anderson, working with officers of the city of California Police Department. Her grandson was visiting for a few days. Anderson explained that Perry, who works for Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprise "Giving Garden," is now in need of more "male bonding," since his father, Brian "Keith" Perry, died in July. All in all, it was quite a weekend for Perry. Wearing a California police jacket, he breakfasted at McDonald's with Capt. Dale Embry and officers Rafael Ayala and Jeff Lewis. He then stopped by the California Fire Station and visited the fire fighters. He attended the California United Church of Christ Feb. 18, meeting many men of the congregation and the Rev. Eugene Moll. That was followed up with lunch at the Panda Chinese Restaurant with Morris and Dolores Burger and Philip Burger. Since he was interested in seeing another greenhouse to compare to the one he works in, his busy day ended with a tour of Longfellow's Garden Center, Centertown. He reportedly enjoyed being shown the pansy greenhouse by Alice Longfellow.

The California Police Department would like to thank the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office, Moniteau County 911, Mid-Mo Ambulance District, the Tipton Police Department, California Fire, and members of the Camden County Tactical Unit for attending today's active shooter training. We would also like to thank Gracie Flippin and the staff at California Manufacturing for allowing us to use their facility for our training.

The California Police Department would like to thank the California Democrat for their continued support and assistance in getting much needed information disseminated to our community. We appreciate their continued support. This article appears in the January 31st, 2018 edition of the California Democrat.. The article is written by staff journalist, David Wilson. ******All dogs in city must be licensed******* Most dog owners are aware their canine companions are not supposed to run at large, but some are not aware all dogs residing in the city are supposed to be licensed. The ordinance states: "No person shall own, keep, harbor or permit to be or remain on or about his/her premises any dog over six (6) months of age which has not been licensed. The license fee for each domestic dog over the age of six (6) months shall be the sum of seven dollars ($7) per year." Licenses are due July 1 of each year. Proof of rabies vaccination is a requirement for issuance of the license. This means a dog living inside for its entire life must be licensed. This isn't a meaningless requirement. Sometimes accidents happen and a dog gets loose. It may be no one's fault. A door might not have been closed properly or someone might have been taking something in or out of the residence. The dog may have gone outside for its normal needs, and been frightened — it is not uncommon for this to occur on Independence Day — but there are other circumstances. The licensing requirement is not a means to blame the owner. One reason for the ordinance is that it is a way to locate the dog's home, if it is found to be "running at large." Another is to make certain that the animal's rabies vaccination is up-to-date. Proof of vaccination is a requirement for issuance of the license. When a dog is found wandering away from its home, reported to the police and subsequently picked up; there has to be some way to find where it actually belongs. According to the California Police Department, most of the dogs picked up by the authorities are wearing collars. That provides clear evidence that the dog has a home somewhere. But sometimes that is not enough. A tag with the owner's name and address is important for returning the animal to its home. If the dog has a license, the police department or veterinary clinic can more easily determine where the dog's home is. In the event the dog was involved in a "dispute" with another dog, or a person, it can more easily be determined if the animal's rabies vaccination is up-to-date.

DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY... * VISIBILITY...Widespread visibilities around 1/4 mile or less will occur through late morning, north of I-70. In areas south of I-70, dense fog is expected to develop by sunrise, then linger much of the morning. * IMPACTS...Slow travel will be needed due to low visibility. Scattered slick spots also possible, especially on bridges and overpasses, due to temperatures being near or below freezing. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Dense Fog Advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one quarter mile. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

It is with great honor that I introduce the California Police Departments 2017 Officer of the Year, Officer Daniel Hurt. Officer Hurt is one of our newest officers, but has taken on the role of a leader and motivator. Officer Hurt has served the citizens of California with outstanding dedication. Officer Hurt's most noticeable quality is his compassion to serve the citizens of the City of California. Congratulations Officer Hurt

This morning, the California Police Department was "Mugged" by members of the New Beginnings Assembly of God Church. The insulated coffee mug, were filled with goodies, and presented to Officer Hurt. We would like to thank the New Beginnings Church for continued support of the department. We would also like to thank all those that have who have stopped by the department with cookies, candy, snacks, and cards. The support we receive is a constant reminder of just how blessed we are to serve this awesome community. Thanks again and on behalf of the Officers and Staff of the California Police Department, we wish you a SAFE and Merry Christmas

Prexton McMillian stopped by the police department to say "Hi"and "Thank You" to Officer Ayala and our newest officer, Officer Jeff Lewis. Thanks Prexton for stopping by, and thank you for supporting your California Police Department.

The 2017 Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, themed Christmas California Style, was held December 2nd. This entry, by the California Police Department, took home 2nd Place in the California City Departments Division. Could this be a sneak peak into the 2018 Ham and Turkey Festival?