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Livermore's Traffic Safety The Standard in California

Livermore Police Department is recognized by the California Highway Patrol and California Office of Traffic Safety.

on Tuesday received statewide recognition for its traffic safety efforts.

At a ceremony held at the department offices, the California Highway Patrol and California Office of Traffic Safety presented the following awards to Livermore police:

  • Best Traffic Safety program for agencies with 86 to 105 officers
  • Special Award for Child Passenger Safety
  • Special Award for Motorcycle Safety
  • Commissioners Award for Best Overall Traffic Safety Program in the State

The awards are part of the California Law Enforcement Challenge, a program coordinated by the CHP and OTS. More than 200 agencies submitted applications.

Officials said winning safety programs are those that combine officer training, public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction.

Livermore Police Chief Steve Sweeney said it was an honor to receive the awards and the recognition is a result of the department's hard work.

"It is a very proud day for this department," he said. "We do it for the community and it is nice to know we are having an impact on traffic safety."

In addition to the statewide honors, Sweeney recognized the following officers for their traffic safety efforts in the first half of 2011:

Seatbelt Enforcement

  • Patrol -- Officer Rich Hill (21 Citations)
  • Traffic -- Officer Joe Nguyen (206 Citations)

Speed Enforcement

  • Patrol -- Officer Keith Pini (63 Citations)
  • Traffic -- Officer Traci Rebiejo (292 Citations)

DUI Enforcement

  • Patrol -- Officer Andrew Estes (19 Arrests)
  • Patrol -- Officer Scott Harrison (19 Arrests)
  • Traffic -- Officer Glen Robbins (11 Arrests)
Robert August 02, 2011 at 11:41 PM
There's one name missing from the list of people to get awards, but that person is enjoying their retirement as we speak! Congrats to all that won awards, and to the LPD for being recognized as the best in the business.
Kristofer Noceda (Editor) August 03, 2011 at 03:41 AM
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Nikky Von G August 03, 2011 at 05:58 AM
Ana, are you serious??! These people put their life on the line on a daily basis to make sure you live in a safe city and that is how you show thanks?! You need a reality check
ana blan August 03, 2011 at 06:46 AM
Hey I'm just saying they need to re-direct their efforts! A lot of sitting around at starbucks, chatting, eating donuts... I can't understand why in the world we would need 6 patrol vehicles on the side of the road just for a simple stop??!!??!! This is why the city is so broke! And yes, i mean it when I say they pull over vehicles for the most idiotic reasons and try to "make a sale" for their dept and their numbers which is what counts for them. I used to work as a manager and would constantly call the dept reporting theft but the cops took their sweet time! I've called about gun shots 2 times in the last 25 yrs in Livermore and not once have they responded! But they are quick to harrass those that don't deserve it - at all. They walk around like they are so untouchable and fierce but they are just college drop-outs that couldn't make a grade and take it out on society.
Jim McSharry August 03, 2011 at 10:22 AM
Ana, I couln't agree with you more. Miss Rabiejo (look at her numbers) cited me for not wearing a seatbelt when in fact I was. So sure of herself. I called Chief Sweeney and his reply was "You're not helping me to do my job" I guess he means to get more awards. It really is a joke. Ask any patrol officer in this town what "suspense" means. I bet they still can't tell you 6 years after the entire on duty group had to call one at a time and apologise for impounding my properly registered car beacause none of them know the term, even now! BTW Officer Hurd got promoted for that stunt and lack of training, Award for Officer training, what a joke LOL
Joe Spandile August 03, 2011 at 05:38 PM
No quotas? Isn't getting commendations for the number of tickets issued pretty much the same thing?
Chris H August 03, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Congrats to LPD for this achievement. However there are other areas that they ALSO need to focus on. Downtown Livermore is being overrun by the homeless and youth gangs, particularly near the Panama coffee shop. Its not safe past 10pm which is a shame. Bums drinking out of their paper bags, that is what is happening in downtown Livermore. Also, a few years ago I also witnessed an entire drug deal in front of Altamont Creek Elementary around 9pm on a Friday night. I reported it, and after 20 minutes still no LPD. I called again and the dispatched said they were busy with higher prioity calls. I guess a drug deal in front of a school is no big deal. After witnessing the dealers roll all their joints and exchange money they went on their merry way. I never did see LPD. Lastly, during my morning commute when I try and get through downtown to the freeway I see LPD everywhere. Traffic enforcement of course. Seems like there is a bigger presence of LPD on the city streets during commute time than during bum drinking beer time. I am not bashing LPD, but I am questioning their priorities.
Denia August 03, 2011 at 10:51 PM
I have been especially thankful for LPD's presence on the N. Livermore on ramp during commute hours when the metering lights have been on. It has made the area much safer. Before LPD showed up, there was a lot of unsafe lane-changing and cutting in that left people stranded dangerously in the intersection. Thanks, LPD!
Maria R. August 04, 2011 at 01:06 AM
Traffic safety is very important. However, I agree with many of the other posters that the LPD is too enthusiastic in its traffic citations. I would rather that they put more emphasis on other crimes, including gang activity. It seems that LPD would rather bully regular law abiding citizens who willingly pull over and submit to them instead of the real criminals. But we're easy targets and don't fight back. The bad guys require more work and risk, I guess.
Robert August 04, 2011 at 02:28 PM
I couldn't agree with you more on the homeless problem in downtown. I ran a guy out of Donut Wheel the other day for hassling people for money as they're in line for donuts! It's getting really bad here....a heck of a lot more than 20 or even 5 years ago. The economy's not helping. As for blaming LPD for not doing anything about it, they can't be everywhere at once.
MagnusT August 05, 2011 at 08:17 AM
So, in other words, Livermore and its residents are the pieces of a big gameboard that LPD uses to tally up points so at the end of the season they can earn pizza and beer points. Cute. Really eff'n cute, LPD. Here's more rope. Please, take as much as you want!
MagnusT August 05, 2011 at 08:30 AM
Congrats on the 206 seatbelt violations, Officer Joe! That makes the meager 21 citations of Officer Hill seem puny and flaccid in comparison. How terrific to be recognized for adding nothing positive or meaningful to your city. This prestigious merit compares right up there with President Barack's richly deserved Nobel Peace Prize. Awards like this are akin to rabid dogs: you don't know whose ass they might bite next ;)
dan August 11, 2011 at 04:35 AM
These statistics and the "safety" stops is clear evidence that we are over-policed. It's sickening that they are actually so proud of traffic stops. I wonder what this does for the nacent downtown revival and attracting people from outside Livermore? This enthusiasm for traffic stops (not safety) is just reflective of cop philosopy that cannot recognize a real crime from a big ZERO. This is what further alienates the citizenry from law enforcement.
Steve August 21, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Really? Awards for issuing seat belt violation citations? That's not my idea of what police's principal job. How about helping a citizen in real trouble? Risking your life to save someone else's? This is what commendations and awards should be for. Don't cheapen them this way.
The Real Anon January 02, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Not a big fan of the seatbelt tickets since if people want to expose themselves to injury, that's their business. The only caveat to that is that when someone sustains injuries because of not wearing their belts, it has "externalities" that affect other people; insurance companies have to absorb those costs which affects other policyholders, the injured person requires medical treatment which reduces the resources available for other patients, etc. So there is some rationale to it, but really those things could be better addressed by letting insurers refuse to cover the injuries sustained by people who don't wear their belts. Stuff like that. What a seatbelt ticket amounts to though, is a penalty for imposing your externality on others...however the funds from the ticket don't go to those other people that might have been affected, but just into the black hole fund wherever ticket money goes...the state or county gets some, the city gets some, they spend some on more seatbelt awareness outreach or what not. Its just not a very sensible arrangement. People should wear their belts, because its in their own best interests. The flaw in the system is setting up things where someone's bad choices have to be paid for by others - that is the problem with it. If it wasn't set up that way, then you wouldn't need a seatbelt law. People who are dumb enough to drive unrestrained could bear the consequences of their choice without affecting others - which would be a good thing.

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