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SafetyNet® Reaches 50,000 San Diegans!

2011 saw a tremendous amount of growth with the Police Foundation’s SafetyNet® program. With today’s wired youth, the demand for the program is ever-increasing through out the San Diego region.

To date we have been able to bring this vital crime prevention program to over 41,000 San Diego middle school students and 1,045 educators in assemblies at their schools. Our classroom programs have reached over 5,000 students and 200 educators. In partnership with the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, we presented to over 4,000 area parents and foster parents. We appreciate all of the support that allows us to teach kids how to be safe online.

In 2012 SafetyNet®, Smart Cyber Choices Parent Workshop became available online at This guide allows busy parents to learn how to keep kids safe online, at their own pace and on their own schedule. To reach the greatest number of people with this important information, the eLearning Guide will be available in Spanish this Spring.

The Police Foundation is planning to embark on a mass media campaign to carry the SafetyNet message to more parents because of a marked increase in cyberbullying being observed by counselors in local schools. By continuing school assemblies, the Police Foundation will keep the program local, relevant and geared to what kids are experiencing in San Diego.

If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, please contact Darlene Kanzler at (619) 232-2130 or email

The Hausman Family joins Chief Lansdowne, Kristen Amicone and Dave Achenbach, who handles Igor, the K9 the Hausmans sponsored.

SDPD Unveils New K9 Training Structure

Chief of Police William Lansdowne, along with civic and community leaders celebrated the start of a new era of comprehensive, on-site training for SDPD’s K9 Unit on Thursday, December 8th at the facility. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony, K9 training demonstrations and facility tours.

This exciting new structure for the K9 Unit is equipped with the following training aids:

Windows and an attic to acclimate dogs to being carried on an officer’s back and being placed through windows, attics and small spaces.
Durable stairs with open-back panels help train canines to negotiate open stairs, which are common throughout San Diego.
Open panels in walls allow officers to hide explosives or narcotics for scent-training.
Crawl-space aids in training the dogs to be comfortable in tight spaces.
The new SDPD K9 training structure is made possible by the generous support of The Gary and Mary West Foundation, Calderon Builders, and Dixieline. The new structure will greatly enhance the K9 Unit’s training capability.

The Unit, which operates 24 hours per day, 24/7, currently has 27 canine teams consisting of one officer and one dog. Over the next 18 months many of the dogs will be retiring due to their age and the physical impact of the job.

If you would like to support the K9 Unit, and the replacements for retiring canines, contact the Police Foundation at (619) 232-2130 or email

“The most incredible, most important, significant change I have seen in my 46 years is when women were allowed into law enforcement.” — Chief William LansdowneSan Diego Police Department

Women in Blue Review

Kristina Davis of the San Diego Union Tribune wrote a nice review of Women in Blue 2012.

"If Officer Dionisio “Danny” Medina hadn’t acted swiftly, the 20-year-old driver would not have survived."— Captain Brian Ahearn San Diego Police Department

SDPD officer pulls man from burning wreck

The Union Tribune reports on the SDPD officer’s heroic rescue of a man in a burning car. View the article.

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