News release - 5/13/2013

Published 5/13/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



EVENT: Oxnard Fire Department and Police Department will receive a State Farm Insurance Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant at Oxnard City Council, tomorrow
DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, May 14, 2013 / 7:00pm
LOCATION:  City Council Chambers, 305 West Third Street, Oxnard
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager, (805)385-7631 or
 Miguel Lopez, Same as above.


Oxnard Fire Department and Police Department will receive a State Farm Insurance Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant. 
On Tuesday May 14, 2013, State Farm Insurance will present Oxnard Fire and Police Departments with “Good Neighbor Citizenship Grants” totaling over $10,000 during the Oxnard City Council Meeting at 7:00 PM.  The Oxnard Police Department will receive $5,150 to purchase a Crash Data Retrieval System and training. The Oxnard Fire Department will receive $5,000 to refurbish water vacuums used by the department.
State Farm's Grant to the Oxnard Police Department will allow the Department to purchase a Crash Data Retrieval System that will help our Traffic Unit and Department serve our community better. The grant will cover the equipment and training that will allow officers to download and read critical information from vehicle black boxes.  "We've never had the capability to do this ourselves in the past," said Oxnard Police Senior Officer and Collision Investigator Maria Pe?a.  "The gift to purchase this equipment and receive the required training will give our department the capabilities to download and read any information from U.S. made cars," she said.
The Oxnard Fire Department will receive $5,000 to repair and refurbish the departments 8 aging water vacuums.  The Oxnard Fire Department responds to homes and businesses in the community that have experienced flooding.  Flooding occurs when plumbing is damaged or when due to weather related conditions water enters homes or businesses.  The water vacuums are used by firefighters to remove water during these types of emergencies and greatly reduces property damage. 
State Farm has previously presented grant funding to the Oxnard Fire Department to assist with promoting ocean safety awareness and to purchase the Rosetta Stone program designed to assist firefighters with learning to speak Spanish.
State Farm Insurance representative Eddie Martinez will make the presentations to Police Chief Jeri Williams and Fire Chief James A. Williams on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 7:00 PM at the Oxnard City Council meeting.
For further information, please contact Miguel Lopez, Oxnard Police Department or Rod Thorp, Oxnard Fire Department.


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