Port Hueneme Police Department

  • Agency: Port Hueneme Police Department
  • Address: 250 North Ventura Road, Port Hueneme, 93041 CA
  • Chief: Fernando Estrella (Chief of Police)
Phone: (805) 986-6530
Fax: (805) 488-2633

Port Hueneme Police Department is located at 250 North Ventura Road, Port Hueneme, 93041 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Fernando Estrella. The Port Hueneme Police Department phone number is (805) 986-6530.

Port Hueneme Police Department News

HELP US IDENTIFY AND CAPTURE THIS CELL PHONE THIEF! The Port Hueneme Police Department responded to the AT&T Store at 585 West Channel Islands Blvd. regarding a theft of a cell phone. The employee/victim told officers a black male subject entered the store and stole her personal phone from behind the counter when her attention was diverted by another customer. This was all confirmed with store video. The suspect is described as a black male, 20-25 years of age, 5’6”, with a thin build, short hair, and a mustache. If you have any information regarding the identity of this suspect, please contact Detective Mike Hamrick at (805) 986-6541 or via email at: mhamrick@cityofporthueneme.org.

Dunk-a-Cop at the 7th Annual Banana Festival at the Port of Hueneme on Saturday, September 29 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Come and dunk the Police Chief to support our local Police Explorer Program. #dunkacop #porthuenemepolicedepartment #bananafestival2018 #porthuenemeexplorers

Pancake Breakfast! In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, Ventura County Fire will host an open house. Join them for a FREE pancake breakfast, meet your local firefighters, and learn about safety preparedness. #porthueneme #firestation53 #freepancakes #emergencypreparedness #communityevents

Enjoy the movie drive-in style or bring a chair/blanket and watch in the open air. Bring some snacks and sing along with your neighbors. 50’s style attire is encouraged. Movie starts at 7:30 pm in parking Lot B. For more information, please call (805) 986-6542. #huenemebeach #cityofporthueneme #driveinmovie #movieatthebeach #grease

Rest In Peace Deputy Mark Stasyuk Sacramento Co. Sheriff’s Department EOW: September 17, 2018 On September 17, 2018, at 1:44pm, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a disturbance at a local business located at the 10000 block of Folsom Boulevard in Rancho Cordova. Two officers with the Rancho Cordova Police Department, a contract city with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, responded to the scene. The initial call for service gave no indication that the suspect was armed or dangerous. Upon arriving on scene, Deputies Julie Robertson and Mark Stasyuk were fired upon by the suspect and able to return fire. The suspect fled from the initial scene on foot and was again engaged by other responding deputies at a secondary scene. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. During the initial encounter, Deputies Robertson and Stasyuk were shot by the suspect. Deputy Robertson, a three and a half year veteran, was shot in the arm and is in stable condition. Tragically, Deputy Stasyuk’s injuries were not survivable and he passed away shortly after arriving at UC Davis Medical Center. Deputy Mark Stasyuk, age 27, was a four and a half year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and was assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department as a patrol officer. Deputy Stasyuk is survived by his wife, mother, father, and sister. He was preceded in death by his older brother. The men and women of the Port Hueneme Police Department would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Deputy Stasyuk's family, the members of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department, and community. Thank you for your service.

ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED THANKS TO AN ALERT CITIZEN On Monday morning September 10th, at about 9:55 a.m., officers from the Port Hueneme Police Department were dispatched to a call of a possible robbery that just occurred at the McDonalds restaurant located at 401 West Channel Islands Blvd. in the City of Port Hueneme. Police dispatch was on the phone with a concerned citizen who observed the suspect run from McDonald’s after the robbery. The concerned citizen was following the suspect in his vehicle as the suspect ran away. The concerned citizen continued to follow the suspect and provided updates on the suspect’s location. The concerned citizen was able to flag down two detectives from the Oxnard Police Department who were in the shopping center. The detectives and the concerned citizen were joined by a third Oxnard Police detective who was conducting an unrelated investigation in the area. The detectives pursued the suspect and were able to detain him as he ran into a local restaurant in the Mandalay Shopping Center. Port Hueneme Police Officers quickly arrived on scene and took possession of the suspect. Upon initial investigation, it was discovered that the suspect had been loitering in the McDonald’s for approximately 30 minutes. He stood in line behind a couple ordering food. When the cashier opened the register to give the patron his change, the suspect ran around the counter, forced the employee away from the register, removed an undisclosed amount of money, and fled from the restaurant. There were no reported injuries to McDonald’s employees during this incident. The suspect, identified as Nicholas Dergan, age 27, a transient from Oxnard, was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail for 211 P.C. – Robbery; a Felony warrant for Violation of Probation for 69 (a) P.C.; and 148 PC - Resisting Arrest. The suspect was also wanted by the Oxnard Police Department for 10851(a) VC - Vehicle Theft; 836.6 (b) PC – Escape; and 496 (a) P.C. - Receiving stolen property.

PORT HUENEME POLICE DEPARTMENT: YOU MUST STOP FOR SCHOOL BUS RED FLASHING LIGHTS With the start of the school year, we have seen an increase in school bus red light and stop sign violations. Under California Vehicle Code Section 22454, you must come to a complete stop when the school bus red lights and stop signs are activated on an undivided roadway. All drivers, in BOTH directions, must stop. If there is a median divider, drivers must stop only when traveling in the same direction. If you fail to stop, you may be fined up to$1,000. This is classified as a moving violation. Some school buses flash yellow lights when preparing to stop to let children off the bus. The yellow flashing lights warn you to slow down and prepare to stop. The Port Hueneme Police Department will be conducting directed traffic enforcement to reduce the number of violations which are occurring in our city and placing our children at risk. This enforcement program is designed to drive home the law on school bus safety. So PLEASE remember if a school bus is at a full stop with stop signs out and lights blaring, it means STOP! This is the most crucial time in school bus safety, as kids are exiting and entering the bus, and they may not be aware of other vehicles on the road. This is especially true in residential neighborhoods. You may resume moving once the flashing lights stop flashing and the stop sign has been retracted. We realize that this law may be confusing especially with traffic on the opposite side of the roadway. Here are some helpful hints: • Two-lane road: When a school bus stops for passengers, all traffic in both directions, must stop. • Two-lane road with center turn lane: When a school bus stops for passengers, all traffic in both directions, must stop. • Four-lane road without a center median: When a school bus stops for passengers, all traffic in both directions, must stop. • Divided highway of four lanes or more with a center median: When a school bus stops for passengers, only traffic following the bus must stop. Keep in mind that older-model school buses do not have the red stop sign that folds out. So as long as you see the flashing lights come on, you have to stop and wait when on the same side of the roadway. Please drive safely around school zones and bus stops. Just a reminder: the speed limit in a school zone while children our present is 25 MPH.

PORT HUENEME POLICE DEPARTMENT SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS AFTER SHOTS ARE FIRED DURING CARJACKING AND ROBBERY On Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at approximately 9:41 p.m., Port Hueneme Police Officers responded to the area of the 500 block of Hemlock Street regarding simultaneous reports of "shots heard" and a possible brandishing of a firearm. As officers were arriving on scene, additional calls were being received of a possible carjacking and robbery occurring within the same area. Officer located several victims and obtained statements. Detectives responded and determined multiple incidents were possibly connected to the same group of suspects. During the investigation, it was learned that multiple suspects confronted one of the victims in the Marina Village neighborhood and brandished a firearm. The suspects then confronted two additional victims in the 500 block of Hemlock Street at gunpoint, demanded their property and keys to a vehicle. The suspects fired multiple shots at the victims before fleeing the area in the carjacked vehicle. Officers from Port Hueneme and Oxnard searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects or vehicle. All of the suspects were described as Hispanic male adults in their late teens or early 20's, wearing dark colored hooded sweatshirts and armed with a dark colored handgun. The victim's vehicle was later located within the city limits of Port Hueneme and recovered. The investigation is on-going and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Mike Hamrick at the Port Hueneme Police Department at (805) 986-6541 or by email at mhamrick@cityofporthueneme.org

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP. The Port Hueneme Citizen Corps is pleased to offer an emergency preparedness workshop for Port Hueneme Communities. The purpose of the workshop is to teach you how to prepare your neighborhood for disasters. We encourage representatives from churches, schools, HOAS, Neighborhood Watch Groups, businesses and residents to attend. #Phpd #porthuenemecitizencorps #emergencypreparedness #cityofporthueneme

COYOTE SIGHTINGS IN PORT HUENEME Over the last two weeks, there has been an increase in coyote sightings in the Bolker Park Neighborhood and along the Flood Control Channel corridor in the City of Port Hueneme. During this time, several deceased cats have been located at Bolker Park which Ventura County Animal Services have concluded are from coyote attacks. A human encounter with a coyote in a suburban area is a rare event as they are primarily nocturnal animals and live in the wild. Coyote attacks on humans are very unusual as they are “skittish” animals. Coyotes commonly enter neighborhoods in search of food so it is important to keep your small pets indoors, especially at night. It is also important to secure food sources such as pet food and garbage. If you encounter a coyote in your neighborhood, stay calm and relaxed. Most coyotes avoid people and will be warned off by raising your arms and yelling in a loud and aggressive manner. Please call the Port Hueneme Police Department if you experience a sighting in your neighborhood or park. Ventura County Animal Services does not respond to calls for service for normal coyote behavior, such as sightings. These calls will be recorded and documented. However, they will respond to calls which involve sick or injured coyote(s) or if there is a public safety issue, such as a coyote(s) threatening people or resting in an area frequented by people, such as a yard, park, playground, or school. Ventura County Animal Services can be reached at (805) 388-4341. Hazing – also known as “fear conditioning” – is the process that facilitates this change and is by necessity a community response to negative encounters with coyotes. The more often an individual animal is hazed, the more effective hazing will change the coyote behavior. The purpose of hazing is to change the behavior and NOT TO HARM THE ANIMAL. Examples of hazing includes standing your ground, loud screaming, making frightening noises, or spraying with a water hose. The Port Hueneme Police Department is working with Ventura Fish and Wildlife to address this issue and will be monitoring the situation closely based on the number of consistent and reported sightings by the public. If an area such as Bolker Park continues to experience dead animal remains, permits will be pulled to deploy traps in the area. To learn more about coyotes in our community, please visit the Ventura County Animal Services website at: www.vcas.us.

DID YOU KNOW THE PORT HUENEME POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFERS LIVE SCAN FINGERPRINT SERVICES? We provide Live Scan services on a walk-in, first come, first service basis, on selected days of the week. Appointments are also accepted by calling (805) 986-6618. Live Scan Services Available: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday – Closed Applicants should bring in three (3) copies of the "Request for Live Scan Service" form. The form should be completed by the agency requesting the Live Scan and by you, the applicant. The applicant must also provide valid, not expired, picture identification to us, such as: United States issued driver's license/identification or passport. Forms are often given to the applicant by the agency sending the applicant in for the Live Scan. The fees for Live Scan services are as follows: • Rolling fee: $31.00 • Department of Justice (DOJ) Charge: $32.00 • FBI fee: $17.00 Payments may be made in the form of exact cash, check, or credit. All rates are subject to change and additional charges may apply depending on the type of application being processed. We will advise you of the cost once you arrive for your Live Scan. In most cases, the results from DOJ come back within 72 hours. Please note that some delays can occur, however, for any significant delay DOJ will contact the requesting agency. The results from the Live Scan fingerprinting are either emailed or sent to the requesting agency listed on the Request for Live Scan Service form. Once the Live Scan process has been completed at our facility, please direct all inquiries to the agency handling your employment or licensing.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AT THE ORVENE CARPENTER COMMUNITY CENTER The Port Hueneme Police Department, the City of Port Hueneme, and the Port Hueneme Peace Officers Association hosted National Night this past Tuesday. The event was attended by nearly 100 residents who enjoyed free food, outreach from community based organizations, games, and music. Thank you to all who made this a great success. Thank you to Carnitas El Brother for providing the food and the police association for providing the drinks. Participants included the Port of Hueneme, Port Hueneme Recreation Department, Ventura County Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Ventura County Fire, Sea Cadets, and Port Hueneme Explorer Post 9988. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Special visit from Thomas Magnum who stopped by the police station to say thank you to our officers for their hard work and dedication. Thanks Thomas. He even dresses like Magnum PI. #phpd #porthuenemepolicedepartment #thankyou #specialvisitor #magnumpi #specialdelivery

MOVIES IN THE PARK IN PORT HUENEME Join the City of Port Hueneme during our Movies In The Park series throughout August and September 2018. All films begin at 8 PM and are free to the public. Contact our Recreation Department at 805-986-6542 for more information. August 3rd, 2018: The Little Mermaid (Bubbling Springs Park) August 17th, 2018: Wonder (Hueneme Beach Park, drive-in style at lot "C") ** Please note that this movie is drive-in style and requires pre-registration through the Recreation Department based on a limited number of parking spaces available. Recreation can be reached at 805-986-6542 for more information. August 31st, 2018: Rudy (Moranda Park) September 14th, 2018: Despicable Me 3 (Bolker Park)

PORT HUENEME POLICE DEPARTMENT: ONLINE ROMANCE SCAMS - PLEASE BE AWARE Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions. They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details. Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in. They may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad. Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time, and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel, such as phone, email or instant messaging. They often claim to be from another western country, but travelling or working overseas. Scammers will go to great lengths to gain your interest and trust, such as showering you with loving words, sharing ‘personal information’ and even sending you gifts. They may take months to build what may feel like the romance of a lifetime and may even pretend to book flights to visit you, but never actually come. Once they have gained your trust and your defenses are down, they will ask you (either subtly or directly) for money, gifts or your banking/credit card details. They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself, possibly of an intimate nature. Often the scammer will pretend to need the money for some sort of personal emergency. For example, they may claim to have a severely ill family member who requires immediate medical attention such as an expensive operation, or they may claim financial hardship due to an unfortunate run of bad luck such as a failed business or mugging in the street. The scammer may also claim they want to travel to visit you, but cannot afford it unless you are able to lend them money to cover flights or other travel expenses. Regardless of how you are scammed, you could end up losing a lot of money. Online dating and romance scams cheat Americans out of millions of dollars every year. The money you send to scammers is almost always impossible to recover and, in addition, you may feel long-lasting emotional betrayal at the hands of someone you thought loved you. If you find yourself being the victim of this type of crime or know someone who is experiencing this very scenario, please reach out to the free services being provided by the Coalition for Family Harmony. Senior citizens are often the most targeted individuals for this type of crime. Please educate your family members.

PORT HUENEME POLICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES LIP SYNC CHALLENGE VIDEO The law enforcement lip sync trend is upon us and we wanted to take this opportunity to showcase our officers in our community. The Santa Paula Police Department challenged our agency and we hoped we answered the call. The job is stressful enough and its seizing moments like these - to brings smiles and laughter to those that support law enforcement - well worth the journey. We hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it. This is an era of social media and we are using this platform to engage with our community. Special thanks to the City of Port Hueneme, the Port of Hueneme, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Disclaimer: Our streets and neighborhoods were covered by police officers during the filming of this video.

HELP US PRESERVE THESE ENDANGERED NESTING SITES - ILLEGAL OFF-ROAD VEHICLES ON BEACH The Western Snowy Plover and California least tern(CLT) are currently in the middle of nesting season along the Ormond Beach Shoreline. This is one of the few areas in our county where these birds breed during the year, specifically March through September. Recently, the Ventura Audubon Society has stepped into a new role at Ormond Beach to help protect these endangered habitats. The California least tern (CLT) was listed as federally endangered in 1970 and the western snowy plover (WSP) was listed as federally threatened in 1995. Volunteers as well as the Ventura Audubon Society have taken extraordinary efforts to preserve these habitats. This is one of the primary reasons dogs are not allowed on the sand at Port Hueneme Beach. In most recent weeks, motorcycles tracks have been located near these breeding sites which pose an extreme threat to their continued existence. It is believed these violators are accessing this area of the beach from Port Hueneme. We are asking our residents and fellow Hueneme Beach goers to please report any unlawful vehicles on the beach. Vehicles operating on the beach, other the public safety and lifeguards, are in direct violation of City Ordinance 4206. Please contact our police department at (805) 986-6530. For more information, please visit the Ventura Audubon Society website at: https://www.venturaaudubon.org/ All violators caught operating an off-road vehicle on the beach will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Yesterday, at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Law Enforcement Recognition Awards Luncheon in Camarillo, Officer Henry Montelongo received an award for his efforts in DUI and Impaired Driver enforcement. The men and women of the Port Hueneme Police Department would like to extend a "thank you" to Officer Montelongo for ensuring that the roads in Port Hueneme are safe!

PORT HUENEME POLICE DEPARTMENT DEPLOYS NEW CRIME MAPPING SOFTWARE TO FIGHT CRIME The Port Hueneme Police Department has joined forces with Crimemapping.com to provide the public with valuable information about recent crime activity in their neighborhood. Our department’s priorities include Reducing Crime, Community Partnerships, and Community Engagement as this new public software will assist us in reducing crime through a better-informed citizenry. Giving citizens and business owners reliable and up-to-date information has proven to be effective in combating crime. CrimeMapping.com utilizes an advanced mapping engine, which helps us provide a high level of functionality as well as flexibility to the community we serve. Crime data is extracted on a regular basis from our records database system so that the information being viewed through a Web browser is the most current available. This data is always verified for accuracy and all address information is generalized by block in order to help ensure privacy is protected. This crime fighting tool is currently being used by 137 other police departments in the State of California including our neighboring agency, the Oxnard Police Department. The crime analysis mapping software will list all reportable crimes ranging from homicides and robberies to vandalism and shoplifts. There is no login or password necessary to use the system. Simply go to www.crimemapping.com and select our state and city. The system is user-friendly and allows you to filter crimes and generate reports. There is generally a 24-48 hour turnaround on crime data as the information must be approved by supervisors and then validated by our Records Division. Statistics are available for up to 6 months.

PORT HUENEME HOME SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATION PROGRAM On Saturday, June 30th, Port Hueneme Police Department Reserve Officers Frank Montelongo and Janette Lujan, along with the Ventura County Fire Department, Port Hueneme Citizen Corps, Port Hueneme Police Explorers, and volunteers from Port Hueneme LISTOS, participated in the Port Hueneme Home Smoke Alarm Installation Program. Teams of volunteers canvassed neighborhoods surrounding Parkview Elementary and visited approximately 200 homes, installing 109 free smoke alarms in 36 of those homes. This was truly a community based effort that greatly increased the safety of our residents. Anyone who would like more information about this program or fire prevention in general can contact Ventura County Fire Department Smoke Alarm Coordinator Fred Ponce at 805-914-8502 or by e-mail at fred.ponce@ventura.org

PORT HUENEME POLICE DEPARTMENT TRAFFIC COLLISION REPORTS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW Traffic collision reports are now available online for purchase by involved parties through our relationship with CarFax. The online resource will allow community members and insurance companies to save time by obtaining reports online instead of making a trip to the police department. Traffic collision reports that occurred after January 1, 2018 within the jurisdiction of the Port Hueneme Police Department are available for retrieval within 5-7 business days by accessing the website at www.crashdocs.org. Simply choose our agency (Port Hueneme Police Department) and follow the instructions and you will be able to download a copy of your report at your convenience in your home or insurance office. The link will also be accessible through the Port Hueneme Police Department website in the near future. Traffic Collision Reports issued prior to January 1, 2018, must be requested through United States Mail or in-person at the Port Hueneme Police Department. Traffic Collision Reports may be released to authorized persons such as victims, representative(s) of the victim, or such individuals as provided in Section 20012 of the Vehicle Code. We encourage you to utilize the online option when requesting traffic collision reports so there is no delay in processing your request. Each traffic collision report is $22 and you can pay by debit or credit card. We do not charge a service or convenience fee if you purchase your report online. If you should have any issues obtaining a report through the website, please call our Records Division at 805-986-6618 so we can assist with your request.

PORT HUENEME POLICE DEPARTMENT DEPLOYING A NEW PIECE OF EQUIPMENT DESIGNED TO SAVE LIVES The Port Hueneme Police Department began issuing a new tool in the field which is designed to save lives. All officers have been trained, assigned, and outfitted with Naloxone which is a nasal spray version of Narcan. Naloxone is an approved medication through the USDA that acts as an opioid antagonist designed for the emergency treatment of suspect opioid overdose victims. As officers commonly respond to drug overdoses, police are now able to administer Naloxone to combat the immediate effects of an opioid overdose. Since 1999, opioid overdoes have quadrupled. With this increase, the 2017 report of the Presidents commission combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that all law enforcement agencies in the United States be equipped with Naloxone. Thanks to Ventura County Emergency Medical Services, Ventura County Behavioral Health, and Project Safer, this has been made possible. Providing law enforcement with the knowledge and the tools to reverse opioid overdoses in the field can reduce the time between when an overdose victim is discovered and when they receive lifesaving assistance. Opioids cause death by slowing, and eventually stopping the person’s breathing. When administered, naloxone restores respiration within two to five minutes, and may prevent brain injury and death. Naloxone works on overdoses caused by opioids, which includes prescription painkillers and street drugs like heroin. Naloxone has no potential for abuse and has no known adverse effects on persons who are not experiencing an opioid overdose. In 2017, the County of Ventura recorded 165 overdose related deaths. The City of Port Hueneme accounted for 3 of those deaths along with 5 in 2016. Naloxone is effective because the drug forms a stronger bond than opioids to chemical receptors in the brain, replacing them and helping to reverse the impacts of an opioid overdose. The use of Narcan has been around since the 1970’s and was commonly injected by medical personnel. With the USDA approved nasal spray version, police personnel now have the ability to treat for opioid overdoses in the field. This new tool is not only designed to save the lives of opioid users but police officers as well. Most recently, officers throughout the United States have been exposed to fentanyl residue which is deadly in small doses. Fentanyl almost immediately causes respiratory distress. Last week in Alameda County, police detectives were exposed to this deadly drug while searching a motel room which caused immediate overdose symptoms. Officers on scene were able to save the officer’s life with the deployment of Naloxone. Witnesses to overdoses should not fear calling the police for medical attention out of fear of being arrested. California Penal Code section 11376.5 protects persons seeking assistance for overdose incidents from prosecution for being in possession of, or under the influence of controlled substances. Opioid overdose continue to be on the rise and this is our part to help change this trend. Opioid overdoses have surpassed automobile accidents as the highest cause of preventable death in the United States. By providing our officers with Naloxone, we provide an additional line of defense against opioid deaths, both to the public and for accidental exposures to our officers. By training our officers to administer Naloxone, an initial dose of the drug could be administered in the valuable minutes before paramedics arrive on scene. We want the public to know our primary role is to protect and save lives and educating our community could lead to a greater willingness to call 911 in an overdose situation especially when California law precludes charging callers with drug offenses. Implementing this overdose reversal program can only have positive benefits in our community. This is just one positive step in which law enforcement can help address a public health crisis which will inevitably help establish and strengthen meaningful police-community relationships. Chief of Police Andrew Salinas

FIREWORKS MESSAGE FROM THE PORT HUENEME POLICE CHIEF AND FIRE CHIEF With one week till the Fourth of July, we are once again beginning to see an increase in the number of fireworks related phone calls. Each year, in all communities, the holiday is used as a justification for the discharge of illegal fireworks. Each year, the Port Hueneme Police Department receives hundreds of complaints regarding illegal fireworks on July 4th, and the days leading to the Fourth of July. The complaints range from pets that are extremely frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks, to veterans who suffer an adverse reaction to fireworks. Each year and despite warnings, fireworks account for numerous fires as well as physical injuries to citizens across the County of Ventura. In the City of Port Hueneme, All fireworks are prohibited. A new city ordinance this year makes it illegal for any property owner/renter to allow the use of fireworks on their property. This ordinance has also been adopted by the city of Oxnard and Ventura. The first violation will result in a $250 fine. Along with education and enforcement, we are encouraging residents to contact our tip-line via phone or email so we can focus our efforts on repeat fireworks offenders. You can email your complaints regarding illegal fireworks to: fireworks@cityofporthueneme.org or by calling (805) 986-6539. Your information will remain confidential. We will be contacting those offenders/locations and advising them we will be focusing on fireworks activity in their neighborhood. This year we will have additional Police Department staff to focus on fireworks related complaints. Emphasis will be placed upon seizing fireworks and citing those who possess or sell them in the City of Port Hueneme, especially our beautiful beaches. Our goal has always been, and will continue to be, voluntary compliance with the law. Unfortunately, our resources should be spent elsewhere but this continues to be a significant quality of life issue which our residents are passionate about. We would like to remind our citizens that the City of Fillmore is the only city you can purchase or use fireworks, of ANY KIND, in the County of Ventura. Please join us at the Channel Islands Harbor Fireworks Celebration on July 4th at 9:00 p.m. and forgo the unlawful fireworks. Illegal fireworks are dangerous, they harm your neighbor, they scare our pets, they’re a fire hazard, and they are costing valuable Police Staff resources that could be used in other areas of the City. Please join us in celebrating legally this year! Chief of Police

UPDATE: SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AND ARRESTED! HELP US IDENTIFY THIS THIEF IN OUR COMMUNITY On May 9th, at 10:30 a.m., the suspect pictured below entered the Ragin Pot restaurant located at 301 W. Channel Islands Blvd. in Port Hueneme. The suspect is seen looking around inside the business. Suspect walks to the front counter, reaches over, and retrieves a silver I-Pad. The suspect then leaves the business with the stolen property and is seen walking eastbound through the parking lot out of view. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, mid-20’s, wearing a gray shirt, and gray pants, with possible facial hair. If the suspect’s identity is known, please contact PHPD Dispatch 805-986-6530 or Detective Rocque Lopez Sr. at 805-986-6578, rrlopez@cityofporthueneme.org. 4 pictures attached with different views of the suspect.

TRAIN TRAFFIC THROUGH THE CITY OF PORT HUENEME Over the past few months, you may have noticed increased train traffic through the Cities of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. The increased railway traffic is due to the increased import of automobiles into the Port of Hueneme. This new business opportunity is responsible for creating new jobs in our county. The use of railway will also help decrease auto transport traffic on the roadway as a train can carry up to 800 vehicles and an auto carrier up to 8. The increased train traffic has also caused an increase in the sounding of the train horn. The use of the train horn is federal law and assists with warning motorists when a train is approaching. The City of Port Hueneme and the Port are working together to make the intersection of Channel Islands Blvd. and Patterson Road a “Quiet Zone”. This process involves the City of Port Hueneme and Oxnard filing a joint application with the Federal Administration Authority (FRA). Several changes will need to be made in order to qualify this intersection as a “Quiet Zone”. The railroad tracks are owned by the Port of Hueneme (Oxnard Harbor District) and serviced by the Ventura County Railroad. We have also taken steps to prevent the train from blocking major intersections for any significant amount of time. This includes establishing maximum train lengths and warning base personnel in advance of the incoming train. New warning standards have also ensured that public safety personnel are not unnecessarily detained by the train thus eliminating any potential threat to public safety. Please contact the Port for more information about this new rail economic activity at (805) 488-3677 or info@portofh.org.