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Robbery near Chico State parking garage under investigation

Robbery near Chico State parking garage under investigation

Natalie Hanson

February 17, 2018

Police are seeking information about a robbery that occurred by the WREC center and a parking structure Saturday.The robbery occurred at about 12:30 a.m at the streets of West 2nd and Cherry, near a campus parking garage and the recreation center, according to a release from the University Police Ch...

California grant funds medication to combat opioid epidemic

California grant funds medication to combat opioid epidemic

Tisha Cheney

February 16, 2018

The Chico police received a free supply of Naloxone kits designed to combat opioid overdoses this week.Naloxone is a nasal spray used as an emergency treatment for individuals experiencing an opioid overdose, according to a press release from the Chico Police Department.With the help of state funding...

University transparency is ineffective

University transparency is ineffective

Kendall George

February 13, 2018

Each week The Orion prints a police blotter, highlighting the crimes that were reported both on campus and around the community. All cases are cited directly from the University Police Department and the Chico Police Department. In last week’s edition, two cases of rape, one case of sexual battery...

City council approves new team of emergency responders

City council approves new team of emergency responders

Tisha Cheney

February 8, 2018

The newly proposed Mobile Crisis Team was approved by Chico's city council with a 7-0 vote on Tuesday.According to city clerk Debbie Presson, the recommendation for the establishment of this team came from Chief of Police Michael O'Brien. O'Brien stated that this team will include two councilors from the ...

Chico Police end its special event regulations after Halloween

Chico Police end its special event regulations after Halloween

Jacqueline Morales

November 1, 2017

Chico Police Department continued to ensure public safety regulations after Halloween weekend. CPD's operation plan started Friday at 6 p.m. and ended Wednesday at 6 a.m., according to a press release. The department was expected to be busier than usual. It partnered with additional local law enforcement...

Chico Police Advisory Board discusses youth related issues

Chico Police Advisory Board discusses youth related issues

Christian Solis

October 20, 2017

The Police Community Advisory Board had an open discussion on community issues with the public Wednesday evening.The topic of discussion was youth related issues in the community. Police Chief Michael O'Brien opened the topic, emphasizing his belief in preventing problems before they occur by digging to ...

Chico Police academy recruits locals

Chico Police academy recruits locals

Guillermo Felix-Alvor

September 12, 2017

Chico residents are being encouraged to join Citizens' Police Academy to experience first-hand police tasks. The 12 week program gives residents of Chico an experience of the departments' work.Ed Nelson, a crime prevention officer and facilitator of the program, said that it’s great for people who ma...

Park Rangers are allowed to carry firearms

Park Rangers are allowed to carry firearms

Christian Solis

September 6, 2017

The City Council of Chico decides to allow Chico park rangers to carry ammunition.The decision passed 6-2, Tuesday. Ann Schwab and Randall Stone opposed each other.The decision was made to better enable rangers combating rising crime throughout the park, specifically from vagrant populations.There are three ...

Men urinate at camp site

Men urinate at camp site

Cameron O'Brien

September 4, 2017

Chico Police DepartmentCall Type: Illegal CampingMonday, 5:30 p.m., 968 East Ave.Five to six individuals were camped out in the back of a private residence, subjects were urinating around premises and had their belongings thrown about.Call Type: Suspicious SubjectTuesday 4:45 a.m., First AvenueTwo individua...

Body cameras create issues

Body cameras create issues

Rachel Reyes

April 27, 2017

Concerns about officer-involved shootings have prompted an ongoing debate about body cameras for police officers. This issue is considerably new to Chico but comes after Desmond Phillips was shot and killed by Chico Police. According to KRCR News Channel, there are differing stories of what happened between Chico Police and Desmond Phillips during this time. Having a bo...

University police not appreciated by students

University police not appreciated by students

Rachel Reyes

April 15, 2017

The University Police Department and the Chico Police Department both facilitate different needs of the public domain. While the University Police Department focus more on the students they aren't as respected as the Chico Police officers. According to Campus Safety, there are five important ways campus officers differ from a traditional cop, such as those who serve the cit...

Chico PD bring in extra officers for Chavez weekend

Chico PD bring in extra officers for Chavez weekend

Daniel Wright

March 30, 2017

Chico Police Department will be having an additional 36 emergency responders of duty for Cesar Chavez weekend. Chico PD will be implementing several additional policies and procedures specifically for Cesar Chavez day. These policies will begin Thursday, March 30, and continue until Sunday, April...

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