Local residents can learn about police work by taking part in the Alameda Police Department's 26th Citizen Police Academy, which will begin March 12.
The 10-week academy will meet 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday for 10 weeks. Participants will learn about crime scene investigations, defensive tactics, shoot firearms at the police range, tour Santa Rita Jail and take part in other activities. The academy will end May 14.
Participants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Alameda and have no misdemeanor or felony convictions. For information or to get an application, email the department's C.O.P.P.S. Unit at COPPS@ci.alameda.ca.us or go to http://www.alamedapolice.org. Class size is limited, and police encourage anyone interested to apply early.
THURSDAY, JAN. 3 DRUG POSSESSION -- Police arrested a man, 30, about 2:15 a.m. in the 1600 block of Park Street on suspicion of possessing burglary tools, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. The man, who was booked on suspicion of violating his possession, also showed signs of being under the influence of narcotics, police said. An officer initially detained him as a suspicious person.
FRIDAY, JAN. 4 BURGLARY -- A residential burglary was reported about 12:45 a.m. in the 2200 block of Otis Drive. DRUG POSSESSION -- A man whom an officer recognized as someone on probation ran off when the officer tried to detain him, then struggled as he was arrested, police said. The man, 28, was allegedly carrying a digital scale and marijuana packaged for sale. He was also booked on suspicion of violating his probation after his arrest about 2:25 p.m. in the 2000 block of Buena Vista Avenue. PETTY THEFT -- A security guard placed a woman, 20, and a 15-year-old girl under citizen's arrest at Kohl's at Alameda South Shore Center after they were spotted concealing merchandise in their purses, police said. The arrest happened about 4:35 p.m. Two juveniles, including a 15-year-old, were also placed under citizen's arrest by a security guard at Nob Hill on Blanding Avenue about 5:20 p.m. for shoplifting, police said. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 6:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of St. Charles Street.
SATURDAY, JAN. 5 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a woman, 41, on suspicion of drunken driving after a patrol officer pulled her over about 1:25 a.m. for "lane straddling" in the 1100 block of Park Street. PUBLIC INTOXICATION -- Police arrested two women, ages 26 and 27, on suspicion of public intoxication after officers said they found them sitting in a vehicle parked in the 1300 block of Park Street about 2:30 a.m. A 36-year-old man was arrested about 30 minutes later for the same offense at Encinal Avenue and Park Street, where officers found him allegedly passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle with the ignition on. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 12 p.m. in the 3500 block of Fernside Boulevard. A vehicle was also reported stolen just before 3 p.m. in the 1000 block of Aughinbaugh Way. FORGED CHECKS -- A woman, 22, who tried to cash two fraudulent checks using her account at Wells Fargo on Otis Drive was arrested about 4:45 p.m., police said. The arrest occurred after the woman also deposited a fraudulent check into her savings account, then withdrew the same amount two days later, police said. PETTY THEFT -- A security guard placed a 31-year-old woman under citizen's arrest about 5:30 p.m. on suspicion of petty theft after she allegedly shoplifted merchandise at TJ Maxx at Alameda South Shore Center. ARSON -- Someone placed a rag soaked with an accelerant into the gas tank of a vehicle parked in the 2000 block of Santa Clara Avenue, then lit the rag on fire. A portion of the vehicle was damaged during the incident, which police have classified as an arson and which was reported about 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, JAN. 6 DRUG POSSESSION -- Police arrested a woman, 52, who was traveling in a vehicle pulled over for a traffic stop after she was found allegedly in possession of suspected crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. The 40-year-old driver was also arrested for driving with a suspended license, police said. A patrol officer pulled over the couple about 2:45 a.m. at Orion Street and Corpus Christi Road because the driver did not have the vehicle headlights on, police said. VEHICLE THEFT -- Someone stole a vehicle from the 2100 block of Clinton Avenue. The theft was reported just before 10 a.m. OUTSTANDING WARRANT -- A traffic stop at 3:50 p.m. in the 600 block of Pacific Avenue led to the arrest of the driver, 50, after a routine background check showed he was wanted on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. The man was pulled over for speeding and not having brake lights, police said. Another driver was arrested after another traffic stop about 7:20 p.m. at Encinal Avenue and Oak Street, where the officer discovered the man, 31, was never issued a California's driver's license. The man, who had no other identification, was booked at the North County Jail in Oakland. ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING -- A man accidentally shot himself in his hand while he was disassembling his handgun inside his Bay Street apartment about 4:15 p.m., police said.
MONDAY, JAN. 7 RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE -- Police recovered a vehicle reported stolen in Oakland about 8:20 a.m. in the 3000 block of Marina Drive. BURGLARY -- Cash was stolen during a burglary of a business in the 1100 block of Harbor Bay Parkway reported about 12:20 p.m., police said. DRUG POSSESSION -- A passenger in a vehicle pulled over during a traffic stop at Clement Avenue and Willow Street was in possession of suspected methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia and prescription medication that did not belong to him, police said. The 40-year-old man was booked at Santa Rita Jail after his arrest about 9:20 p.m.