About Town: Manhattan Beach September 22

Manhattan Beach Police Department seeks applicants for community academy

Interested in police procedures, how detectives work or how SWAT operates? The police department is seeking applications from residents interested in participating in a 10-week academy to learn about different aspects of law enforcement. The class will meet weekly starting January 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the community room of the police department.

Each session will cover certain divisions, including patrol, SWAT, the Canine Program, traffic and detectives, and will be taught by police officers and management staff. The purpose is to increase understanding between citizens and the police and to build stronger relationships, according to the department.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Manhattan Beach, not have felony convictions or be wanted for a crime, and must submit to a background check to include warrants and criminal history.

For more information, call Officer Stephanie Martin at 310-802-5186 or email mbpdcpa@citymb.info. Applications will be available at www.citymb.info.

Manhattan Beach Young Professionals Networking Mixer

The Manhattan Beach Young Professionals will host a networking mixer on Thursday, September 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at American Farmhouse. $5 for Manhattan Beach Chamber members, $15 for non-members at the door.

Knitting store to close doors

Beach Knitting, a six-year-old Manhattan Beach yarn store, is going out of business. The store, located on Sepulveda between Artesia and First Street, will close on September 25.

Alarm system renewal late fee decreased

City Council approved a resolution to reduce the late fine for alarm system permit renewal to $100 from $190 for those who hadn’t renewed their permits by January 31, following complaints from residents that the late fee was too high. In other cities, the same fee ranges from $10 to $35. The $100 late fee provides an incentive for residents to renew their permits for $30 on time.

Of the 2,500 permit renewals issued, 2,400 households made the $30 renewal payment on time. The 100 households that failed to renew their alarm system permit by January 31, 2011 were charged with the fee. The 13 households that paid the fee will be reimbursed.

Police dog retires

Rex, the Manhattan Beach police service dog, will retire from the Canine Program after seven years of helping with numerous felony arrests. Due to his age, Rex is no longer physically able to perform his duties. He will be under the care of his handler, a Manhattan Beach police officer.



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