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Chief’s Message

L_Dihn.jpgWelcome to the website of the Montebello Unified School District Police Department. I hope the information contained within the site will help you become more familiar with our agency. As you review the website, please feel free to provide us with any constructive feedback you may have.

The safety and security of students is our primary mission. As a specialized law enforcement agency dedicated to schools, we strive to provide an ideal environment in which quality learning can take place. In embracing a Community Oriented Policing philosophy, we encourage the active participation and input of school and community stakeholders.

The department continually works to earn and maintain the public’s trust, through transparency and customer-focused service. Our employees appreciate the ideas, perspectives, and values of the diverse population they serve. With their steadfast dedication, and the support of the community, I know that we will accomplish our goal.

On behalf of the men and women of the Montebello Unified School District Police Department, I thank you in advance for partnering with us, and allowing us to serve.

Linh Dinh
Chief of Police

Montebello Unified Police Department Introduces Cadet Training Program

CADET2.jpgWhile the Montebello Unified Police Department is charged with maintaining the safety of the District’s students and community, it is also widening its reach to prepare the next generation of law enforcement officers.
 
With the help of the District’s adult school instructors, the Police Department on August 5 began its first two-week cadet training course that covers topics that include hand-cuffing, report writing, weaponless defense, drug awareness, chemical agents, liabilities, tactical communications/radio procedures and more.
 
The hands-on course builds upon the cadet program, established last year, which allows adults to work as part-time employees in the Police Department while learning about the world of law enforcement.
 
In addition to participating in the training, the cadets work between 16 and 32 hours a week performing clerical, administrative and other duties that support the Department.
 
Montebello Unified Police also leads the District’s Police Explorers, a volunteer program for youths ages 14 to 20 who are interested in law enforcement and public service careers.
 
“While the explorers learn a lot about the concepts of policing and law enforcement, our Cadets have the opportunity to experience more in-depth material and training and work hand-in-hand with our police officers,” said Montebello Unified Police Chief Linh Dinh. “This is a great opportunity for our young adults to extend their training and explore this career field.”
 
The District-sponsored agency features four cadets and 37 sworn officers who serve as school resource officers and patrol the District’s campuses during the day, night and weekends. The District’s police officers have the same qualifications and training as municipal or county law enforcement officers, however they are required to have additional training on school policing and campus law.
 
“Montebello Unified is special because we have our own police department that makes the safety and security of our students its top priority,” said Superintendent Cleve Pell. “Our officers respond quickly to our concerns and have developed a close working relationship with our students, staff and parents.”

Back to School Traffic Safety Reminders

As school starts up, please be aware of the following proactive measures you can take to ensure the safety of students:
 
In General

  • Drive cautiously.  Children are smaller and less visible than adults.
  • Children can be easily distracted and may have difficulty judging traffic situations.
  • Slow down near schools.
  • Don’t drive distracted.  Stay focused.
  • Scan between parked cars and other obstructions.
  • Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students.

 
Tips for Parents/Guardians

  • Do not drop off students in the street.  Pull over to a designated passenger loading/unloading area or other legal place to park.
  • Arrive early to drop off/pick up your child to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Park nearby and walk to the school.
  • Cross the street at crosswalks and intersections only.

“Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older-whether a child is a passenger in a car or is struck while walking or biking to school.”  -  Automobile Association of America.