The Piedmont Police Department has announced new staff training regarding bias and anti-racism in the wake of a City Council resolution passed in August.
The resolution rejected racism and committed the city to “examining and owning our city’s history; engaging in community conversations about policing in Piedmont; and careful review of city policies, procedures, ordinances, values, goals, and missions through an anti-racism lens.”
The Piedmont PD announced it will work with Cornelia Sylvester of Bay Area Coaching. All staff will undergo training over several months. Topics covered include anti-racism and anti-bias as well as discussing “different aspects of the history of Piedmont relative to those concepts,” according to a press release issued by the Department.
The release said the new training will be “uniquely tailored to our Department and community history.” When asked to clarify whether the community history referred to recent events or historical, Piedmont Police Captain Chris Monahan said, “historical.”
The Blotter | PPD Crime Log: Home theft and more
In police log news, on October 8, officers responded to a man on the roof of the Ace Hardware on Grand Avenue. The man was not threatening to jump and eventually fled the scene. No arrest or charges happened.
On October 11, a theft was reported after a party on Glen Alpine Road. According to Captain Monahan, the party was held by the daughter of the homeowners, who were out of town. An unknown juvenile broke into the parents room and stole various electronics, jewelry, sunglasses and cash. After the alleged crime was reported, an unknown party returned several of the items through the daughter. The victim did not want to press any charges or pursue the matter after the property was returned. The remaining loss is valued at $500.
A house on Moraga Avenue was broken into and ransacked sometime between October 9-13. No further information is available at this time.
On October 14, a man was stopped when he was seen by officers near Lake Park and Walker avenues peering into parked cars. “Officers contacted the subject and noticed various medical equipment components scattered on the roadway near the subject and his vehicle,” according to Captain Monahan.
Officers found various passports and IDs not in his name. A search of his vehicle found a shaved key, several backpacks with “indicia” not in his name and a Pelican truck with medical equipment that was later found to have been stolen from SFO.
The man was arrested on several felony charges, including violation of his probation charge. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and was booked for burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property and probation violations.