• The Escondido Police Department was awarded a grant of around $300,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The Department says it will use the funds to keep its roadways safe.
“Traffic safety is a priority for the City of Escondido and the Police Department,” said Chief of Police Craig Carter. “I want to personally thank OTS for their continued partnership and support in reaching the goal of making our roads safer for our community.”
• On Friday, Nov. 13, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI checkpoint near 700 W. Grand Avenue.
Just over 2500 vehicles drove through the checkpoint. The Department issued 42 citations, 10 for suspended licenses, 30 for unlicensed drivers and 8 for uninsured drivers. There were no arrests
• The Escondido Police Department is participating in the 25th annual Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive this year.
The event will benefit Rady’s Children’s Hospital of San Diego. The Department is asking for donations of stuffed animals.
The collection of stuffed animals began on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and will continue until Dec. 7. Collection boxes are located in the front lobby of the Police Department at 1163 N Centre City Drive, as well as the Escondido Federal Credit Union at 201 N Broadway.
For more information, contact Bobbi Akans at (760) 839-4425.
• On Nov. 3, the Escondido Police Department arrested a 52-year-old Vista resident on suspicion of importing and distribution child pornography.
Over the course of a week-long investigations, police acquired many videos. A search warrant collected computer equipment from the man’s residence and found an extensive collection of child pornography, authorities say.
He was arrested without incident and is being held at the Vista Detention Center on several charges.