Burbank Police Department Gets Traffic Safety Grant

First published in the Oct. 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank Police Department will receive a $100,000 grant for overtime costs associated with enforcing traffic laws.
The reimbursement grant, from the California Office of Traffic Safety’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, will allow an increase in patrols and checkpoints for DUIs, according to a staff report submitted to the Burbank City Council. Some of the funds will also go toward purchasing four radar devices that will allow officers to track vehicle speed.
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BPD: Local Crime Continued to Drop in August

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Crime reports in Burbank fell from July to August, according to recently released police data, continuing a downward trend.
The Burbank Police Department recorded 212 Part 1 Index Crime reports in August, down from 224 in July and 236 in June. So far this year, the BPD has received an average of 223 such reports a month.
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Police, Fire Unions Open to Vaccine Policies

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Local police and fire labor groups say they will abide by vaccine and testing requirements affecting their respective personnel, including a rule the city recently passed for municipal workers.
The Burbank policy, which the City Council approved on Sept. 14, requires all city staff members to be tested for COVID-19 weekly unless they are fully vaccinated. The testing mandate is tentatively expected to go into effect on or around Oct. 11. New hires must be vaccinated unless they have a valid medical or religious exemption. Continue reading “Police, Fire Unions Open to Vaccine Policies”

BPD Reviewing Officers’ Actions in Domestic Incident

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank Police Department said it is evaluating an incident, partially captured on video, in which officers did not arrest a man whose wife said he violated a restraining order she had obtained.
The video, posted to TikTok last week by user mybertie430, appears to show portions of a woman’s conversation with two Burbank officers regarding what she said was her husband’s appearance at her home. In the video, which was edited — it is occasionally interrupted by text and images of a protective order form — the woman questions them from behind the camera on why they haven’t arrested the man. Continue reading “BPD Reviewing Officers’ Actions in Domestic Incident”

Hiker Found Dead in Park Was Local Resident

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Photo courtesy Proffitt family Local resident Nancy Proffitt, who died earlier this month, “was always a laugh or shoulder to cry on to anyone who needed it,” said members of her family.

Police have identified a woman found dead earlier this month near a Stough Canyon Park hiking trail as Nancy Proffitt, a Burbank resident.
Proffitt was reported missing on Sept. 8, the Burbank Police Department said, and her body was found the following day. Sgt. Emil Brimway, a police spokesman, said the department believes the hiker’s death was due to an accident or medical emergency, though detectives are waiting for a report from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Continue reading “Hiker Found Dead in Park Was Local Resident”

County Declares COVID-19 ‘Outbreak’ at BPD Is Over

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Six sworn Burbank police employees tested positive for COVID-19 last month, according to the Los Angeles County public health department. A city spokeswoman said no other employees or members of the public were exposed to the virus by those workers.

First published in the Sept. 4 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Six Burbank Police Department personnel tested positive for the coronavirus last month, according to Los Angeles County health officials, though the city said only two contracted the virus while working.
The county Department of Public Health’s website in August listed the BPD — which includes a jail and shares space with the Burbank Fire Department — as the location of an outbreak, though the listing was recently removed from the page. Simone McFarland, a city spokeswoman, said in an email that six sworn police employees tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms. All have since recovered and returned to work, she added. Continue reading “County Declares COVID-19 ‘Outbreak’ at BPD Is Over”

Reports of Major Crimes Mostly Decrease, but Burglaries Rise

This article was originally published in the Burbank Leader on Aug. 28

Reports of most major crimes in Burbank decreased last month, according to city police data, though burglaries continued to see an increase.
The Burbank Police Department received 224 reports of Part 1 Index Crimes in July, down from 236 in May. Thefts, by far the most common such crime in the city, fell from 183 to 160 over the same period.
The department has recorded 1,347 Part 1 Index Crime reports from January through July this year — the lowest total for the year’s first seven months in at least 10 years. In 2020, 1,545 crimes were reported for the same period.
Law enforcement agencies often examine Part 1 crimes — which include murders, rapes, aggravated assaults, robberies, burglaries, thefts and auto thefts — to gauge trends. Continue reading “Reports of Major Crimes Mostly Decrease, but Burglaries Rise”

Teen Charged With Murder in Deadly Crash, Another Arrested

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
Authorities arrested two teenagers suspected of street racing and allegedly causing the Aug. 3 crash that killed three people, the Burbank Police Department said Thursday. The county District Attorney’s office has charged one of them, a 19-year-old, with three counts of murder and one count of reckless driving.

Burbank police arrested a 19-year-old Burbank resident this week after he was charged with three counts of murder for allegedly driving a vehicle the department said caused a crash that killed three people.

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Worker Dies in Stabbing, Police Say; Suspect Arrested

A woman working at a local retirement home died on Friday after being stabbed by a man who used to work at the facility, police said, adding that a suspect was in custody.

Officers who were called to the Burbank Retirement Villa on Grismer Avenue at about 8 a.m. found a woman in her 20s who had suffered multiple stab wounds to her arms and neck, the Burbank Police Department said in a news release.

Police later found a man who matched a description of the attacker running from the area, the BPD said. He refused to comply with officers’ orders and swung a knife at them, the department added, but officers took him to the ground and arrested him. Police did not immediately identify the man or the woman.

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