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Monterey Park Police Department Joins Fight Against Breast Cancer, Supports Pink Patch Project


The Pink Patch Project (#PinkPatchProject) is an innovative public awareness campaign that is designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and support cancer research organizations and support groups in combating the disease.

The Pink Patch Project centers on vibrant pink versions of the police officer’s uniform patch, which have been specially designed by each agency for the Pink Patch Project campaign.  This year Monterey Park Police Officers also has a specially designed vibrant pink badge. Officers will wear these pink patches and badges on their regular police uniforms for the entire month of October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink patches and badges are intended to stimulate conversation within the community and to encourage public awareness about the on-going fight against this disease and importance of early detection.

In addition to raising funds to fight breast cancer, the project aims to raise awareness about early detection and treatment for breast cancer.  It is estimated that approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. While the disease can have a profound impact on the patient and her loved ones, it is also one that can be effectively treated with surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.

The Pink Patch Project has grown into a collaborative effort between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association and numerous law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County and beyond, including the Monterey Park Police Department.

For more information, visit www.montereypark.ca.gov/pinkpatchproject or follow MPPD on Twitter @MontereyParkPD.

Help Your Small Business Compete in the Digital World!

It’s a digital world, and small businesses need to compete to grow and thrive. Make your small business digital ready!

Running a small business has never been more complex. The good news is Verizon has a new free small business program that can help: Verizon Small Business Digital Ready.

It’s a free program designed to give small businesses like yours more tools to succeed and includes personalized content, coaching, networking, and more, with all the online tools in one place.

How It Works

  1. You’ll answer a series of questions about your business and your specific needs and interests. Then, based on your answers, Verizon and its partners will personalize a learning dashboard with content to match those needs.

  1. You’ll have access to short online “learning modules” created by actual small business owners that are targeted to the topics most important to your business right now.

  1. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in coaching an online networking with other small businesses. And the more you participate in the program, the more resources are unlocked, including access to apply for a $10,000 grant.

The Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Program is part of Verizon’s commitment to supporting one million small businesses over the next decade. The City of Monterey Park shares this commitment because small businesses like yours are the heart of our communities.

Sign up today to give your small business a big-time boost!

Participants who register for Verizon Small Business Digital Ready and complete two courses will be eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant.

For more information on the Verizon Small Business Digital Ready and other business workshops and webinars, please get in touch with Karen Ko at the City of Monterey Park Economic Development Division 626-307-1385 or kko@montereypark.ca.gov.

Wi-Fi Hotspots Now Available for Checkout at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library

The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library now offers Franklin T9 T-Mobile hotspots for checkout. The hotspots provide access to a free and reliable internet connection for students, parents, teachers and anyone working or studying remotely. The portable hotspots connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets or smart phones to a 4G LTE network at one time.

Hotspots are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk by patrons with a library card in good standing who are at least 18 years old. Patrons must sign a user agreement when they first check out the hotspot. The lending period is three weeks (21 days). If hotspots are not returned on time, service will be automatically shut down. Patrons are responsible for replacement costs for any damage or loss. The hotspots are made possible by funding from the California State Library.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the library to make new technologies accessible to everyone regardless of income level,” said City Librarian Diana Garcia. “With the proliferation of distance learning and remote work in the past year, these hotspots will be a valued addition to the library’s services and programs.”

The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library is the city’s public library located at 318 S. Ramona Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Library hours are Tuesday to Saturday 1-5 p.m. For more City of Monterey Park news and information, please visit the city website at www.montereypark.ca.gov.

Monterey Park PD Awarded $114,000 Traffic Enforcement Grant from CA OTS

The Monterey Park Police Department will continue its enforcement of traffic laws with funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of crashes in the community.

“Impairment, speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors jeopardize the safety of other people on the road,” Monterey Park Police Chief Kelly Gordon said. “This funding allows us to provide necessary traffic enforcement measures with the goal of reducing serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads.”

The grant will pay for additional enforcement measures, including:

  • DUI checkpoints and patrols specifically focused on suspected impaired drivers.

  • Enforcement operations focused on suspected distracted drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law.

  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations focused on driver behaviors that put vulnerable road users at risk.

  • Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes: speeding, failure to yield, stop sign and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.

  • Community education presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, DUI, speeding, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.

  • Collaborative enforcement efforts with neighboring agencies.

  • Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

The grant program will run through September 2022. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

MPK PD Encourages Parents of Newly Licensed Teens to Discuss the Importance of Safe Driving

As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week October 17-23, the Monterey Park Police Department reminds parents and guardians the importance of talking to their teen(s) about driving responsibly and safely.

Driving remains the most dangerous activity for teens. Per mile driven, teen drivers are nearly four times as likely to be involved in a crash as drivers in all other age groups. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), speeding was a factor in 43% of all teen driver and passenger fatalities from 2015 to 2019, compared to approximately 30% of all traffic deaths among adults 20 and older.

“Like most skills, experience and training make you better and more prepared as a driver,” Monterey Park Police Chief Kelly Gordon said. “Teen drivers are naturally inexperienced and more likely to take risks and pick up bad habits, which is why it is important for parents and caregivers to play an active role in instilling safe driving habits in their teen.”

The Monterey Park Police Department offers the following tips to parents and guardians for starting conversations about safe driving with teens:

  • Provisional Driver’s License : Learn about California’s provisional licensing law, which places restrictions on passengers and driving at night during the first year they have a license.

  • Lead by example: Have driving sessions with your teen. Tell, but also show your teen how to drive safely.

  • Set ground rules: Be firm on rules such as no phone use, being distracted by friends, always following the speed limit, and always buckling up.

  • Sober driving: Emphasize the importance of never driving under the influence or riding with someone who has been drinking.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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