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Rotary Report: A partnership that works

Chief Manjit Sappal (at right), with Martinez Police Department Captain Eric Ghisletta during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary Club. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)
Chief Manjit Sappal (at right), with Martinez Police Department Captain Eric Ghisletta during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary Club. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)

In Martinez, people know each other. We have strong personal networks that work. There are lots of benefits. An important one is keeping us safe.

Our new police Chief Manjit Sappal considers trust and working together with the community as his most important jobs. His office door is open. Martinez Police officers know that a big part of their job is to know the community. We have a small but highly competent department. Chief Sappal is a local guy. He grew up in Pittsburgh and was in Richmond before coming here.

Martinez PD is recruiting. If you know of a dedicated person with a clean record, let them know of a great opportunity. There’s a screening process and a lot of training. You end up in a great job with lots of skills and in a position to make a difference and to do a lot of good.

What can citizen’s do? Keep your eyes open. Lock your house and your car. Don’t leave bags of stuff in your car. The bag in the back seat may contain nothing but stinky gym clothes, but the burglar doesn’t know that and you’re likely to lose a window.

The Martinez Police Department is running a classy training course for citizens. It was a success last year, and will be given again. Learn about this, the neighborhood watch program and more at www.mpdcops.org.

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