Bay City Police Department

  • Agency: Bay City Police Department
  • Address: 501 3rd St, Bay City, 48708 MI
  • Chief: Michael J Cecchini (Chief of Police)
Phone: 989-892-8571
Fax: 989-894-0677

Bay City Police Department is located at 501 3rd St, Bay City, 48708 MI. The Chief of Police of the department is Michael J Cecchini. The Bay City Police Department phone number is 989-892-8571.

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National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week November 4 - 11, 2018 Drowsy Driving is Impaired Driving According to the American Sleep Foundation, about half of U.S. adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy. About 20% admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at some point in the past year – with more than 40% admitting this has happened at least once in their driving careers. These startling figures show how prevalent drowsy driving is. What drivers may not realize is how much drowsy driving puts themselves – and others – at risk. In fact, an estimated 5,000 people died in 2015 in crashes involving drowsy driving, according to a Governors Highway Safety Association report. Impact of Drowsiness on Driving Driving while drowsy is similar to driving under influence of alcohol: Drivers’ reaction times, awareness of hazards and ability to sustain attention all worsen the drowsier the driver is. Driving after going more than 20 hours without sleep is the equivalent of driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08% – the U.S. legal limit. You are three times more likely to be in a car crash if you are fatigued. A driver might not even know when he or she is fatigued because signs of fatigue are hard to identify. Some people may also experience micro-sleep, a short, involuntary burst of inattention. Micro-sleep of just 4 or 5 seconds can result in a vehicle traveling the length of a football field if the driver is driving at highway speed. Prevalence of Drowsy Driving Crashes According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every year about 100,000 police-reported crashes involve drowsy driving. These crashes result in more than 1,550 fatalities and 71,000 injuries. The real number may be much higher, however, as it is difficult to determine whether a driver was drowsy at the time of a crash. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimated that 328,000 drowsy driving crashes occur annually. That's more than three times the police-reported number. The same study found that 109,000 of those drowsy driving crashes resulted in an injury and about 6,400 were fatal. The researchers suggest the prevalence of drowsy driving fatalities is more than 350% greater than reported. Beyond the human toll is the economic one. NHTSA estimates fatigue-related crashes resulting in injury or death cost society $109 billion annually, not including property damage. Interventions for Drowsy Driving Drowsy driving affects everyone, but especially those under age 25, who make up an estimated 50% or more of drowsy driving crashes. That means interventions focusing on this age group – males especially – can help reduce drowsy driving among those vulnerable. One such intervention is for parents to incorporate discussions and rules on drowsy driving while completing their parent-teen driving agreements. Other ways to reduce drowsy driving include: Crash avoidance technologies: New and existing safety technologies, such as drowsiness alert and lane departure warnings, can detect common drowsy driving patterns and warn drivers to stay in their lane or take a break. University interventions: College students receive less than average sleep, with some estimates at less than six hours a night; education programs aimed at college students may help curb drowsy driving and instill healthier behaviors that can last into adulthood. Getting more sleep: According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, adults should get seven or more hours of sleep each night. Medication labels: A 2015 article by Consumer Reports found that side effects warnings are not always clear; new labeling guidelines may help drivers understand when to drive or not drive after taking these medications. Employers: Workplaces with strong off-the-job safety and health programs can include key information on getting sufficient sleep and refraining from driving drowsy. Too Tired to Drive? The following are signs and symptoms of drowsy driving, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine: Frequent yawning or difficulty keeping your eyes open "Nodding off" or having trouble keeping your head up Inability to remember driving the last few miles Missing road signs or turns Difficulty maintaining your speed Drifting out of your lane

Remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour this Sunday!

Fall Driving Safety Tips As weather and road conditions change with the season, following fall driving safety tips will help keep you safe as you enjoy the cool crisp air and the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves. The Dangers of Leaves on the Roads When leaves accumulate on the roadway and become wet, they can get extremely slippery, making the driving conditions similar to driving on ice. If the temperature drops below freezing, the wet leaves will freeze and turn into dangerous icy leaves on the roadway. Besides reducing the car's traction, causing skidding and the possibility of losing control of the vehicle, leaves often cover the painted road markings, making it difficult to know the locations of the lanes. Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves, especially when driving around turns. Allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency. Keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you. Leaves make it difficult to see potholes and bumps in the road. A pile of leaves raked to the side of the road is an inviting place to a child. Children enjoy jumping into the leaf piles or burrowing down into them and hiding. Never drive through a leaf pile. Use caution going around turns and where children are playing. Keep your windshield leaf free to avoid wet leaves getting stuck under the windshield wiper blades. In order to avoid the possibility of a fire hazard from the exhaust system or catalytic converter, never park your vehicle over a pile of leaves . Changing Weather Conditions Autumn is a damp, wet season. There are many rainy or foggy days and nights. As the temperatures drop, frost often coats the ground at night. When driving in fog, set your headlight to low beam. This setting aims the beam of light down toward the roadway. In the fall as temperatures drop, frost often forms on the roadway, causing hazardous driving conditions. Drive slowly and break gently at overpasses and bridges as these areas frost over more quickly than other roadway surfaces. Be aware of areas where black ice forms on the roadway. Adjust for Fewer Hours of Daylight In the fall there are fewer hours of daylight. In the earlier darkness it is common to see children outside playing or riding their bicycles. People are walking their dogs, jogging or taking late afternoon or evening walks. In the fading light of dusk it is more difficult to see the children and pedestrians. Watch out for children at their bus stops in the morning and as they return home in the afternoon. Always drive defensively. Naturally safe driving practices are essential all through the year. However, being aware of the unique autumn driving hazards and following the fall driving safety tips here will make you a safer driver.

Officer Mysliwski and her cousin on Halloween. Can you guess which one is the real Public Safety Officer?

The Bay City Department of Public Safety is investigating a larceny and needs help identifying the subject in this video. Anyone who can identify the subject is urged to call the Bay City Department of Public Safety at 989-892-8571.

Buses are the safest mode of transportation for children. Here are a few tips for a Safe Ride School buses are the safest way for students to travel, but children also need to do their part to stay alert and aware of their surroundings to prevent injury. Teach your children to follow the safety rules for getting on and off the bus, and for exercising good behavior while riding. Getting on the Bus: -When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness -Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private property -Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches -Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus -Use the handrail when boarding Behavior on the Bus: -If seat belts are available on the bus, buckle up -Don't speak loudly or make loud noises that could distract the driver -Stay in your seat -Don't put your head, arms or hands out the window -Keep aisles clear of books and bags -Get your belongings together before reaching your stop -Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat Getting Off the Bus: -Use the handrail when exiting -If you have to cross in front of the bus, first walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver -Make sure the driver can see you -Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing -When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes -If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see you -Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver signals it is safe -Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times More school-age pedestrians have been killed during the hour before and after school than any other time of day, according to NHTSA. And, although drivers are required by law to stop for a school bus when it's loading or unloading passengers, they often don't. Children should not rely on them to do so.

Halloween Safety Tips Walk Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. Trick or Treat With an Adult Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Drive Extra Safely on Halloween Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours

2018 National School Bus Safety Week is October 22-26 School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of our nation's students, and is the direct link between a neighborhood and the classroom. More than 25 million children ride the yellow bus every school day, and National School Bus Safety Week serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers, and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront. Here are tips to keep our children safe at the bus stop. Getting Ready for School •Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way. • Encourage them to wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers. •Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least five minutes early. Running after or in front of a bus is dangerous. Walking to the Bus Stop •Walk young children to the bus stop or encourage children to walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see. •Practice good pedestrian behavior: walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk stay out of the street. If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can. •Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at driveways and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and left. At the Bus Stop •Have children wait in a location where the driver can see them while driving down the street. Try to avoid waiting in a house or car. • Do not let children play in the street. Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is also dangerous. Getting On and Off the Bus •Warn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions. •Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. •If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited to see you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules. Mobile Devices Cell phones and other electronic devices are often permitted on the school bus as long as: •They are in backpacks or other holders, keeping hands free to use handrails while boarding and departing the bus. •Sound is muted or headphones, ear buds or similar devices are used. •Content does not violate the law or school district policy and procedures. •Use does not create a distraction for the driver.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Impaired driving enforcement campaign Law enforcement officers from approximately 100 police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will make impaired driving a priority in Michigan during the enforcement crackdown which runs Oct.18 through Nov. 4. Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and will focus attention on those counties with a high number of fatal crashes involving drugs and alcohol. “October is an especially deadly time of year for alcohol and drug related crashes,” said Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) Director Michael L. Prince. “We want people to enjoy fall activities such as tailgating and Halloween parties in a safe, responsible manner. Motorists are advised to drive sober as officers will be conducting strict, stepped up enforcement to reduce traffic crashes, fatalities, and injuries.” The month of October saw the third highest number of alcohol-involved fatal crashes in Michigan between 2011 and 2016, with 151 total. Only the months of August (167) and July (159) saw a higher number of fatal crashes. October was also the fourth highest month for the number of drug-involved fatal crashes in Michigan during the same six-year period, with 84 total. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Motorists face enhanced penalties if arrested for a first-time drunk driving offense with a .17 BAC or higher. In Michigan, impaired driving represented 45.7 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017. Overall, 359 people died in 2017 because of alcohol-involved traffic crashes, an increase from 274 in 2016. The impaired driving enforcement campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and coordinated by the OHSP.

Meet our newest employee, Tyler Gotowka. Officer Gotowka was sworn into the Department on October 18th. He is a graduate of the Delta College Police Academy and previously worked for the Oscoda County Sheriff Office. Officer Gotowka is originally from Bay City and is a graduate of Bay City Western High School. He will be in the Field Training Officer (FTO) Program for the next four months. Be sure to introduce yourself and say hello if you see him out on patrol.

Interested in what scams are going on in Michigan? The Federal Trade Commission now has reports for scams by the numbers. Every day, people across the country are telling the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) what happened to them. Maybe they lost money to a scam, lost their identity, or just spotted something that looked fishy and wanted somebody to know. All of that information helps FTC and other law enforcement agencies investigate and bring cases against scammers. And, every year, we roll up all that data and give it back to you in an annual data book ( https://www.ftc.gov/policy/reports/policy-reports/commission-staff-reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-2017/main ) . Now, though, you don’t have to wait a year to find out what’s happening. Starting today, the FTC is making that Consumer Sentinel data available to you every quarter. If you visit ftc.gov/data, you’ll find an interactive online tool that lets you find things like: -What scams are people reporting in your state, and how much money are people losing? -What are the top states reporting, say, prizes and sweepstakes fraud? Or other frauds? -What’s changed over time, from 2014 to now? -What are military consumers reporting? -How much money have older or younger people reported losing to fraud? -How are identity thieves misusing people’s information? This new quarterly resource might especially interest you if you’re an academic, into research, in the media, or just really interested in consumer protection – or what’s happening with scams near you. Knowing about scams helps you avoid them, so play with the data, download it you want to do more analysis, and print it if you want to share it. We’ll also be releasing periodic Data Spotlights on trends or hot topics we’ve spotted in the data – like the one released earlier today. by Paul Witt Lead Data Analyst, Division of Consumer Response & Operations Federal Trade Commission

To ensure a happy and safe Halloween the Bay City Department of Public Safety suggestion that you and your kids follow the following safety tips: 1. Carry some form of illumination at all times. 2. Plan out your trick or treating route before Halloween. 3. Trick or treat in groups. 4. Wear comfortable footwear. 5. Make sure the mask is comfortable. 6. Dress according to the weather. 7. Check suspicious candy. 8. Avoid unlit houses. For more tips on Halloween safety visit https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween

The Bay City Department of Public Safety is taking applications for the position of Reserve Officer. Are you thinking about a career in policing? Want to give back to the community? Whatever your reason for joining us, the Reserve program offers an exciting and challenging volunteer experience. The Bay City Department of Public Safety's Reserve Unit is known in the community for being a great asset in crime deterrence, prevention, and community relations. Reserve Officers assist regularly in patrolling Bay City’s Riverwalk, assisting with high school sporting events, and numerous other special events which include: Bay City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fourth of July Fireworks Festival Bay City Central Football Games Movie Nights in the Park National Night Out Successful candidates must be over 18 years old and complete the basic Reserve Officer training academy. Training is held on Wednesday evenings typically from January through April. Recruits study city ordinances, communication, tactics, pressure point control tactics, handcuffing, CPR/First Aid/AED and various other topics. Applications are available at the Law Enforcement Center 501 3rd Street, lower level of City Hall at 301 Washington Ave or email bcpdreserve@gmail.com. All applications must be turned in by November 2, 2018.

This afternoon at approximately 5:45pm, the All Saints Homecoming Parade will take place in the south end. The parade will go east on Cass Avenue from S Monroe St to S Lincoln Ave, then go north on Lincoln to the entrance to the All Saints field. Traffic will be controlled by officers from the Bay City Department of Public Safety and Bay County Sheriff's Office deputies.

The following report shows the Bay City Department of Public Safety's Response to Resistance statistics for July 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. This report is broken down into 2 categories: Subject's Level of Resistance and Officer Action Taken.

Bay City Department of Public Safety September 2018 Response to Resistance statistics:

Facebook breach: What to do next October 3, 2018 by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer and Business Education Facebook recently announced the largest breach in the company’s history. The breach affected about 50 million users, allowing hackers to take over their accounts. If you use Facebook, you may be wondering what to do next. Here are a few steps you can take. First, you probably want to know more about the breach. According to Facebook, the attackers took advantage of a weakness in the “View As” feature, which lets people see what their profile looks like to others. The hackers stole digital keys that keep you logged in to Facebook so you don’t need to re-enter your password every time. Facebook says they’ve fixed the vulnerabilities and reset digital keys on 50 million affected accounts, plus an additional 40 million accounts that used the “View As” function. To better protect yourself after this breach: Watch out for imposter scams. With access to your Facebook account, hackers can get a lot of information about you. That information could be used to impersonate people you know or companies you do business with. If someone calls you out of the blue, asking for money or personal information, hang up. Then, if you want to know for sure if the person calling you was really your family member or was really from a company you know and trust, call them back at a number you know to be correct before you give any information or money. And remember: anyone who demands that you pay by gift card or by wiring money is scamming you. Always. Consider changing your password. Facebook says that it fixed the vulnerability, so there’s no need to change your password. But, to be safe, log in and change your password anyway. If you use the same password other places, change it there, too. Don’t forget to change your security questions, as well – especially if the answers include information that could be found in your Facebook account. For more information about what to do after a data breach, visit IdentityTheft.gov/databreach and watch the FTC’s video on What to Do After a Data Breach. If you learn that someone has misused your personal information, go to IdentityTheft.gov to report identity theft and get a personal recovery plan. Because recovering from identity theft – and data breaches – is easier with a plan.

During the summer months the Bay City Department of Public Safety conducted an action plan focusing on Violations of Park Rules, Vandalism, Threats, Assaults, and Curfew Violations in Wenona Park and the downtown area surrounding the park with the following results: o Officers conducted 158 area checks/foot patrol in Wenona Park and the downtown area for a total of 42 hours and 34 minutes. o An officer located one subject that was passed out in Wenona Park and recognized that he was possibly overdosing. Medical was summoned and a report was completed for probation violation. o An Officer made contact with a subject who was in Wenona Park after hours. The subject refused to cooperate with Officers and was subsequently arrested for Violation of Park Rules. Once the subject was identified, it was discovered that he also had warrants for his arrest.

There are some events going on today that require street closures. The Sacred Heart 5K Run/Walk is beginning in Wenona Park and the route takes runners around Rexer-Jablonski Park near Water St & Broadway Ave. The MI Made MarketPlace is happening downtown along Washington Avenue, 4th St, and 5th Street. Expect street closures in these areas and plan accordingly.

Energy assistance available to low-income Michiganders who apply online or using paper applications LANSING, Mich. – As colder weather arrives, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding low-income residents they can apply for emergency energy assistance either online or using paper applications. Misinformation has been circulating that has the potential to create confusion that could cause residents to not realize that both online and paper applications for energy assistance remain options. “MDHHS is making sure that residents who may need assistance to keep their homes heated and the lights on have access to energy assistance applications – whether they want to apply online or using paper forms” said Terrence Beurer, the department’s deputy director for Field Operations Administration. “People who need help paying their energy bills can apply online at www.michigan.gov/mibridges or pick up paper applications at their local MDHHS office. Lobby navigators at MDHHS offices and some private agencies that assist with energy assistance can help people apply online. We want residents to have multiple ways to apply so they can keep their families warm.” Assistance to low-income households is available through State Emergency Relief and the Michigan Energy Assistance Program. State Emergency Relief is for immediate assistance to someone facing conditions of extreme hardship or emergencies threatening health and safety. This emergency support is designed to help low-income households that are normally able to make ends meet, but occasionally need help when an unexpected situation arises – and is available to pay for utilities only when a shutoff has occurred or there is a threat of a shutoff. The Michigan Energy Assistance Program is a preventive program designed to provide energy assistance to low-income households so that they can reach energy self-sufficiency. A household that qualifies for State Emergency Relief for heat or non-heat electricity services also qualifies for additional energy services from the Michigan Energy Assistance Program through private agencies that have received MDHHS grant funding. More information can be found on the Michigan Energy Assistance Program website. Grantees for 2018-19 have not yet been announced, but the website will be updated in October. If they do not want to or cannot apply online, people can apply for energy assistance at local MDHHS offices or through MEAP grantees. The application form MDHHS-1171 can be found and printed on the Assistance Application page of the MDHHS website. Michigan Energy Assistance Program grantees will use the MI Bridges online system to assist applicants and provide them with energy self-sufficiency services such as weatherizing their homes so they are more energy efficient. There are some changes in the application process beginning Oct. 1. All households applying for energy assistance are now using MDHHS applications. Previously, there were different applications for the Michigan Energy Assistance Program. MDHHS will now process all applications, which will streamline the process and allow grantees to devote more of their resources to helping people become energy self-sufficient. Beginning Oct. 1, people can apply for energy assistance year-round. That’s different than in recent years, when people were required to apply only during the designated energy crisis season, which was from Nov. 1 to May 31. Anyone with questions about energy assistance can visit www.michigan.gov/mdhhs and click on “Assistance Programs” and then “Emergency Relief: Home, Utilities & Burial.” Or contact the local MDHHS office for information.