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  • Brea Police Department to wear badges commemorating city centennial

    3 years ago by

    Brea Police Department will be wearing commemorative centennial badge in 2017 similar to the historic constable shield style.

    Brea Police Department Officers will be wearing a commemorative centennial badge in 2017, similar to the historic constable shield style shown. Collage photo courtesy of Brea Historical Society

      “I don’t know where the original historic badge is. I haven’t seen it myself,” said Brea’s historian Officer Celmer. The image of the nostalgic badge has been used in various departmental printing such as their annual report (shown in the bottom photo.)

        Everyone in town is getting geared up for our centennial year in 2017 including Brea Police Officers, who be sporting a full size constable shield badge. In the place of CAL will be the City of Brea seal. 1917 will be on the left side and 2017 on the right, marking 100 years, along with a rank and ID number on the bottom.

          The Brea PD's centennial badge will surely be a special one as its style will be similar to the Deputy Constable Brea Township Badge back in the day.

  • Ode to the days of Brea Police Posse

    3 years ago by

    Giddy up! Born in the Old West, let's take a trot down Brea Pd's memory lane!

    Shown collectible and rare, Brea police posse badges.  Courtesy of  Brea PD historian, Officer Celmer

    Shown are Brea police posse badges, collectible and rare. Courtesy of Brea PD historian, Officer Celmer

      Founded in 1956 with eight members, the City of Brea had a police posse comprised of academy volunteers. The members were deputized if necessary, 21 years or older, possessed a horse and a trailer, and were either residents of Brea or neighboring cities.

        These men were dedicated to serve undergoing a rigid screening process by the governing board, after receiving approval from the police department.

          img_1612 They possessed the utmost horsemanship and marksmanship skills, purchasing their own uniforms and gear to get the job done. The members were skilled in first aid and required to respond 24/7 if needed.

            Separately charted and self-governed, the group worked closely with the Brea PD in coordinating functions such as search and rescue and assisting with traffic problems. They partook in monthly meetings and three shoots a year. Among other activities, they participated in the City of Brea 4th of July parades. And held social ride get-togethers once a month.

              But it wasn't always pleasant as these posse riders were ready for alarming situations such as in 1968, when Officer Nelson Sasscer, a Santa Ana police officer was killed while stopping a motorist. Posse members were summoned to assist in searching the canyons for the suspect’s car, which went out of control when the driver abruptly exited while being chased by Brea Police Officer, Jim Smith.

                According to Brea PD Officer Jason Celmer, police historian, the Posse ceased being an active element at the PD in the late 70’s/early 80’s.

                  Three photos of Police Posse member, Shannon Barnes, were sent to Officer Celmer from Shannon’s daughter-in-law Cecelia along with the News Tribune article titled, “Police Posse Seeks Members.” Courtesy of Brea PD historian, Officer Celmer

                  Three photos of Police Posse member, Shannon Barnes, were sent to Officer Celmer from Shannon’s daughter-in-law Cecelia along with the News Tribune article titled, “Police Posse Seeks Members.” Courtesy of Brea PD historian, Officer Celmer

                    Celmer is reaching out and asking anyone who has any items related to the history of Brea PD in their possession, and would like to donate them, to please contact him via email at Celmer notes: of particular interest related to this article would be the Badge, and the Brea PD horse blanket that is just barely visible beneath Shannon’s saddle in the close up photo.

                      Taylor, Dave "Police Posse Seeks Members" News Tribune September 1972

  • Don’t be a victim of card skimmers

    4 years ago by



        Recently, I was the victim of a gas pump skimmer, a device attached to a gas pump’s card reader where you insert your credit card for payment. Skimmers are usually difficult to detect and can be installed in less than a minute, according authorities.

          The day I got skimmed I purchased about $38 worth of gas for my car. I used my American Express card for that purchase, but made no other purchases with it after that. I use that card mainly for automatic payments for my gym membership and other reoccurring monthly fees.

            The next day, American Express informed me that a charge of more than $7,900 was attempted with the card in Florida. Then four more charges were attempted in Florida with that card number – all denied by AmEx. Fortunately, AmEx refused all of the fraudulent charges, canceled my card and issued me a new one.

              So how did thugs obtain my credit card information? Very likely through a gas pump skimmer at the station, because I didn’t use the card anywhere else.

                Then I wondered if other people had the same experience and posted a message about what happened to me on  . Immediately there were posts from many people who said they had been skimmed at that same gas station and a few others in Brea.

                  According to Jerry Glomboske, a Brea Police Department service officer, it is usually difficult to pinpoint where the card skimming occurred. That is because many of us use the same credit card to purchase gasoline as we do for groceries, shoes and restaurant meals. But one person on Nextdoor stated $140 in charges was attempted in Oklahoma the same day as she bought gasoline and hadn’t used her card elsewhere.

                    After my conversations with Glomboske on possible skimming at the station, the readers were checked by Brea police officers, but it had been at least two weeks since my skimming experience. No surprise that no skimmers were found. But Glomboske advises skimming victims to make a police report when a theft happens and try to identify where you think it happened.

                      Besides gas stations, skimming often occurs in restaurants and bars. So what do we do, carry wads of cash everywhere we go?

                        Some Nextdoor respondents lauded Costco gas stations because, besides cheaper gas prices, they have attendants walking around, keeping a keen eye on the pump readers. None of the 30-some respondents said they were skimmed at Costco.

                          Glomboske and Internet sources, including security expert Brian Krebs at, advise frequently checking your accounts for unauthorized use. Avoid using your debit card for purchases because the funds come directly from your bank account. Also, if the state inspector’s seal is broken, don’t buy gas at that pump, or at that station.

                            Let’s all be more aware in 2016.

                              Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at Don’t be a victim of card skimmers on Page 2 of Friday, January 01, 2016 issue of OCR - StarProgress

  • 2013 operational overview of Brea PD services

    6 years ago by

      May 20, 2014

        Brea Kiwanis Newsletter Issue #138:2014 Vol-IV-18

          By Charlie Phillips

            Speaker Notes

              May 15....Ruben Alonzo, Brea Police Department robbery/Homicide Detective presented an overview of the Brea Police Department and the recently published 2013 Brea Police Department Annual Report. Officer Alonzo has been assigned to the Robbery Unit for 25 years. He has witnessed the Police Department changes over the years; the most dramatic was losing the Yorba Linda Police contract last year requiring Brea downsizing from 110 to 62 operating personnel.

                Throughout 2013, we have improved the systems we utilize to track crime activity, known criminals, and unwanted behavior in our community. A new team, called the Crime Suppression Unit, was created to specifically impact repeat offenders, probationers, and parolees. We carefully assessed our geographic policing strategy and created a new area command structure to increase and improve our proactive policing efforts. We continue to enhance community partnerships through programs like Community watch. For the third straight year, I am pleased to report overall crime in Brea decreased as compared to the previous year.

                  The Police Department employs a Area Command system. the city is divided into four geographic areas. Each area has its own commander who is responsible for team deployment and problem solving in that respective area. Lt. Stewart McCarroll the North Area Commander and is the largest patrol geo-area in the City. The West Area Command is led by Lt. Santo Porto. Lt. Bill Smyser is the Central Area Commander which includes the Brea Mall and Downtown. The fourth Area is the South Area commanded by Lt. Peter Rodriquez. This command includes all areas from Imperial Highway south to the city boundaries. It is recommended that all the residents of Brea know their Area Commander to answer specifics about policing matters.

  • Quake update: Carbon Canyon Road

    6 years ago by

      Brea PD has been informed of an additional closure related to the repair of the damaged slope on Carbon Canyon Road. The road will be closed as follows:

        Thursday, April 3 at 9:00 p.m. until Friday, April 4 at 4:00 a.m. This closure is to allow for assembly of mesh in preparation for the big work over the weekend.

          By way of reminder, the other planned closure is as follows:

            Friday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m. – Monday, April 7 at 4:00 a.m. This closure will allow for the installation of the cable-mesh.

              Brea Police continue to work with CalTrans officials to facilitate considerations for our Olinda Village residents and provide staff assistance for our impacted residents. Since this situation can be fluid, we will continue to update the Road Closure Hotline at (714)990-7732 as conditions change. Your patience and cooperation throughout this repair process are certainly appreciated!

                Please pass this information along to those who utilize Carbon Canyon regularly. Thank you!

                  Anna Lee Cave, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

                    City of Brea

                      714-990-7622 office


  • Missing Juvenile – City of Brea

    6 years ago by


        The Brea Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile, who is a resident of Brea. Alyzai Victoria Trujillo, female, 12 years of age, was last seen leaving Washington Middle School in La Habra on Thursday, February 20 between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. She walked out of school voluntarily and is believed to be heading to the Fontana area to be with friends. She called family on February 21 and said she was lost. Family has not heard from her since. She is described as a Hispanic female, 12 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds, long brown hair, and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a brown shirt with the word “California” on it, a blue sweater, blue jeans, and black and white Vans brand shoes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Brea Police Department at (714) 990-7911 or OC Crime Stoppers @ 1-855-TIP-OCCS (1-855-847-6227) or

          Jack Conklin, Chief

            Brea Police Department

  • Brea police apprehend burglary suspects

    6 years ago by

    Via Brea Police Department

      To view report data clearer see Beautiful Brea Old & New Facebook.

        Lantana Burglary Arrests 8-29-13

          Attached is a copy of a press release which was distributed to the media today reference the arrest of three suspects who were apprehended yesterday while committing a residential burglary. Special thanks goes out to the concerned citizen who called the police department and reporting observing suspicious activity at his neighbor’s residence.

            No one was injured and all property was recovered.

              More information on this case and other public safety information is available on our Facebook Page.

  • Connect with Brea Police Department: Coffee With A Cop

    7 years ago by

      Join your neighborhood cops for a cup of coffee! Chat with officers of the Brea Police Department in an effort to build relationships and learn about the city police department’s community efforts, while communicating your concerns in a comfortable one-on-one setting at the Corner Bakery on Wednesday, August 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

        Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

  • Brea DUI checkpoint

    7 years ago by

      The following press release was distributed to the media yesterday afternoon:

        On Saturday, July 6, 2013, the Brea Police Department will conduct a Driving Under the Influence Checkpoint in the city of Brea. The checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the city from approximately 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

          The checkpoint is one tool employed by the police department to reduce the percentage of alcohol related traffic collisions in the city. Checkpoints aid enforcement efforts during specific days and times, such as the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

            The Brea Police Department’s goal is to deter drinking drivers and make the roadways safer for everyone. The checkpoint is being conducted as part of the Orange County DUI Task Force, Avoid the 26, in cooperation with the Office of Traffic Safety.

  • Brea PD making the policing transition smooth

    7 years ago by


    January 3, 2013

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            PRESS RELEASE #101   SUBJECT:  Brea Police Department Working With City of Yorba Linda and Orange County Sheriff Department for Early Transition.


                     Tim O’Donnell, City Manager (714) 990-7711

          Cindie Ryan, Public Information Officer (714) 990-7673

            BREA, Calif. The Brea Police Department is working with officials from the City of Yorba Linda and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) to effect an early transition of police services to OCSD at midnight (0000 hours) January 5.  Patrol and Dispatch services for the City of Yorba Linda will transfer to the Sheriff on Saturday morning.  Police Records Technicians and Detectives from both agencies are working closely in order to carefully complete the transfer of active investigations, physical evidence and electronic files.

              A letter of agreement between the parties covers only the transition of police services operations from the Brea Police Department to the OCSD.  Other terms and conditions affecting the early termination of the law enforcement services agreement are still being worked out.  The termination provisions of the contract called for an 18-month notice period ending on May 3, 2013.  After 21 Brea police officers were hired by the Sheriff in November 2012, six months earlier than agreed, City officials maintain that it became difficult for the Brea Police Department to efficiently continue police services through the end of the contracted period.  (Another seven officers had previously accepted jobs with other municipal agencies in anticipation of being laid off by May, 2013.)

                In order to meet its obligations to both Yorba Linda and Brea since November’s reduction in force, an emergency shift schedule was implemented—holidays and vacations were cancelled and days off reduced.  Sustaining such an emergency schedule is not prudent over the long term and consequently an agreement for early transition was reached in late 2012.

                  In a December e-mail to the Brea Police Department members, Police Chief Jack Conklin thanked his staff for their patience and professionalism saying, “I’m proud of each and every one of you and am equally proud of our record of providing quality, professional service to the communities we serve.”

                    An approved plan for the Brea Police Department authorizes 60 sworn positions reduced from 100 authorized to police both the Brea and Yorba Linda communities.  A Brea only Police Department increases budgeted costs by approximately $2.5 million annually due to the loss of economies of scale and sharing of command positions with the City of Yorba Linda.  The budget increase is anticipated to be partially offset by new city revenues stemming from a recent boost in the economy combined with cost savings from a major, structural city reorganization implemented at the beginning of the Great Recession.