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Brea Briefing Room

Welcome to the Brea Briefing Room, the Brea Police Department’s official blog. The purpose of this blog is to keep the community informed while providing a behind the scenes look into the operations of the Department. The blog also offers an opportunity to interact with the Brea Police Department through the sharing of information. We encourage you to express your thoughts on topics posted on the blog through respectful and insightful discussion. The Department reserves the right to remove comments that contain inappropriate language and/or material. View blog disclaimerBreaPolice.net

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Feb 16

Monthly Tip - What to Do If You’re Involved in a Car Accident

Posted on February 16, 2017 at 4:49 p.m. by Brea Police Department PIO

Rear End CollisionGetting in a car accident can be stressful, confusing and altogether overwhelming. Although no one wants to get into a car accident, taking the time to prepare beforehand can help the process seem easier and ensure that you will collect the necessary information accurately and completely. First, you must carry with you and present to a police officer, your driver's license, proof of insurance and current vehicle registration when stopped by an officer or involved in a collision. In the state of California it is a crime to not stop if you are involved in a traffic collision. If you fail to stop, you can be charged criminally.

The Department of Motor Vehicles has a page devoted to collision information, including reporting requirements to the State. Visit the DMV webpage.

Another resource may be your insurance company. While renewing your insurance, check with your agency, sometimes they will supply you with a pre-printed check list that you can keep in your glove box.

If you are in a car accident, the first thing to do is to check for injuries to you, your passengers, the other involved driver or their passengers. If someone is injured, immediately call 9-1-1 and report the collision. If there are injuries that require medical attention, leave the vehicles in place until police and fire personnel arrive.

If no one in either car is hurt, remove the vehicles from the roadway. Pull to the side of the road, a parking lot, or side street, whatever you feel is the safest and out of the way of traffic. Next, evaluate the damage. If there is substantial damage or injury, the police should be called to the scene. If the damage is minor and no one is injured, merely exchanging information between the two drivers is acceptable. A police report is NOT always required.

When exchanging information, record the following:
  • Date, time and location of the collision
  • Name, address and phone numbers for all drivers and passengers
  • Driver’s license numbers for involved drivers
  • Insurance company name, policy number and policy holder for all drivers or vehicles
  • Complete vehicle information of involved vehicles to include license number, make, model, color, and description such as pick-up, four-door etc., and name of registered owner if different
  • Description of any damage
  • Photographs of damage, or lack thereof, other parties and scene if safe to do so
  • Note lane position of each vehicle and where the vehicles were prior to and at time of collision
  • Note any unusual conditions such as inoperative lights, vision obstruction
  • Note/photograph any physical evidence like skids or debris resulting from collision

Be safe, slow down, and wear your seat belt!

Jan 04

Emergency Preparedness and El Nino

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 11:57 a.m. by John Burks

With the much anticipated approach of a possibly historic El Nino condition in southern California, it is a good time to remind everyone about the importance of disaster preparedness. The City of Brea takes its responsibilities in this area very seriously, both as we prepare ourselves and our infrastructure, but also to provide our residents and business owners with guidance and assistance. 
For many years, the City has enjoyed the services of a full-time Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Anna Lee Cave has been Brea’s coordinator for the past 32 years. During that lengthy period, Anna has not only experienced a number of disaster conditions, such as fires, flooding, earthquakes, and excessive heat conditions, but she has also become a leader in emergency preparedness and management throughout the State of California. Anna has served on many boards and committees, and has served multiple terms as president of the Orange County Emergency Management Organization.
Locally, Anna is known throughout Brea by many graduates of Brea’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which trains residents in providing coordinated, emergency assistance to their neighborhoods when disaster strikes. She has also provided countless presentations on preparedness to civic organizations, business groups, and neighborhoods around Brea. You can follow Anna’s Ready Brea feed on Twitter at @BreaEM. 
For several months now, Anna and her colleagues in emergency preparedness have been focusing on readying their communities for the much anticipated El Nino storm conditions projected to hit California this winter. The City of Brea website (http://cityofbrea.net/index.aspx?NID=355) has much information about how to prepare for and handle the rain once it gets here. This includes information on sandbag procurement and placement, preparing your home for excessive rain, and hints on driving conditions during heavy rain. You will also learn how to track important information updates during rainy conditions with important websites and phone numbers. Additional information can be found at the Orange County El Nino website (http://www.ocelnino.com/).
I also want to take this opportunity to strongly encourage anyone who lives or works in Brea to sign up for emergency alerts from AlertOC. This mass notification system will contact you via phone, e-mail, or text message should an emergency threaten your Brea home or business. While Brea landline phones are automatically loaded into the system, you must register your cell phone or e-mail address if you wish to receive alerts in that form as well. This is the best way to receive emergency alerts from the City in an emergency or disaster. Please visit the AlertOC website (http://bos.ocgov.com/alertoc/alertoc.asp) for further information or to register.

Oct 05

Homeless Outreach

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 1:59 p.m. by John Burks

Most southern California cities have felt the impact of the problem of homelessness, and the City of Brea is no exception. For many years, Brea police officers periodically encountered homeless individuals in Brea and occasionally even a homeless family. Resources were readily available, and there were regional, temporary shelter options, typically enough that most situations could be resolved positively. However, since the recession, Brea officers have noticed marked increases in homeless people living on the streets in Brea or passing through town. Not only did the recession seemingly cause more homelessness, but also contributed to a reduction in available resources for shelter, medical needs, and mental health treatment.

In an effort to enhance our response to the needs of homeless people and families, the City of Brea and Brea Police Department recently entered into a partnership with the non-profit Coast to Coast Foundation. Coast to Coast is a volunteer-based organization specifically designed to assist law enforcement officers with homeless outreach. Volunteers are trained in communicating with homeless individuals, identifying needs, and locating and arranging services, sometimes including family reunification. Volunteers periodically ride with patrol officers to seek out homeless persons, and are also available 24/7 to assist with resource contacts. Often, making necessary contacts and arranging for needed services takes substantial time. Coast to Coast volunteers take on those responsibilities, freeing up police officers to resume patrol operations and handle other police functions.

Coast to Coast acquires and manages life necessity items, such as clothing, toiletries, food items, and bus passes, which can be distributed to homeless persons as needed. These supplies are stored at the police department and are readily available for use by Brea officers, including the department’s cadre of Homeless Liaison Officers (HLO), who are specially trained in handling issues of homelessness. The City has seeded the partnership with Coast to Coast for the initial purchase of supplies for the program. However, homelessness is a community issue, and the ongoing success of the program will depend on volunteers and monetary support from the Brea community. On October 3rd, Coast to Coast hosted the first volunteer Community Outreach Training Day to train Brea volunteers in homeless outreach. Fourteen Brea resident volunteers received the training, and another training session will be scheduled within the next few months.

Coast to Coast has been very successful in other cities, including Fullerton, Anaheim, and Corona. The department is extremely excited about this new opportunity to provide effective outreach and service for a difficult problem. If you would like more information about the Foundation or are interested in making a monetary donation specifically for Brea services, please visit coasttocoastfoundation.org. On the site you also will see information about an upcoming fundraising event on October 17.

The City of Brea has not limited its support of assisting the homeless population to just within Brea. The City Council recently approved a contribution of $100,000 toward the construction of a permanent, regional homeless shelter in Orange County. Plans are underway for such a facility in northeast Anaheim, and the cities of Anaheim and Fullerton have also pledged financial support. The shelter will be available for use by homeless persons referred from all parts of Orange County and is a focused effort at a regional approach to the problem of homelessness.

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