Richard McEachin, Clayton Police Chief

Hold the phone – here’s an update from Clayton chief

Richard McEachin, Clayton Police ChiefCLAYTON, CA (June 15, 2023) — I’ve been back with the Clayton Police Department for a little more than six months now, and I’m pretty well settled in. I want to thank the community for welcoming me back, and I wanted to share some of the things that we have accomplished so far.

In December, we converted one of our existing officer positions to that of a sergeant. This provided us with more supervisory coverage. Torrey Jarvis was promoted to sergeant, and she is doing well in that role.

We also converted a patrol officer position to that of a traffic officer. Officer Mitch Stroski is our new traffic officer, and he is training to ride a police motorcycle that we recently purchased.

For the first time in almost 20 years, the City Hall building has video surveillance cameras again. This will provide security on the perimeter of the building.

New phone

In the next month or two, the payphone that has been in front of City Hall for years will be replaced with a phone that dials directly to police dispatch. With cell phones in almost everyone’s possession these days, payphones have become a thing of the past. If our building is closed and you need police assistance, you can pick up that phone and it will automatically call dispatch.

We added signs on Four Oaks Lane prohibiting U-turns during certain hours when school is in session. These signs needed to be in place for 30 days before they could be enforced, so they will be in effect when school resumes in the fall.

July 4 is just around the corner. With it comes fireworks and, unfortunately, fires. Fireworks are illegal in Contra Costa County. For the safety of all, please leave fireworks to the professionals.

That is all for now. I look forward to seeing you all out and about in our great little community.