City Manager's Report:  City Celebrates Graduates; Police Department Activities During SIP

City Celebrates Graduates

2020-05-26 Congrats to Grads 

The City of Lakeport extends best wishes to the graduates in the 2020 class from Clear Lake High School with a banner displayed in downtown Lakeport.

Police Department Activities During SIP

Chief Brad Rasmussen and Lt. Dale Stoebe of the Lakeport Police Department reported activities to the Lakeport Economic Development Advisory Committee (LEDAC) at its recent meeting.  Highlighted was the need to rework daily operations to respond to the Shelter-In-Place orders to protect the community and LPD employees.

Among these changes in procedures is “touchless reporting” to provide law enforcement services safely.  The process of booking individuals with the Lake County jail has been altered during this time.  Officers have focused on educating the public about compliance with the public health orders as they are updated.

Officers have assisted Lake County Public Heath with the drive-through testing for COVID-19, while logging 14,000 patrol hours, 67+ hours of foot patrol, 850 focused business security checks, and over 600+ activities with specific requests for assistance with one-half of these calls for service.  Only two citations were issued prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

According to Chief Rasmussen, the homeless issue in Lakeport became more challenging as the SIP orders were enacted.  His officers have worked with the Hope Harbor shelter operation and have been successful in assisting people find alternative arrangements.

The LPD is notifying the public that it is increasing its traffic enforcement activity in response to traffic collisions, driving under the influence incidents and other dangerous driving that is being reported to the department.  Safe driving is encouraged!