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In addition to regular law enforcement activities the Sonoma Police Department also includes the following special services.

TRAFFIC DIVISION    In 2005, through a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, the Sonoma Police Department deployed a full time motor unit dedicated to traffic safety enforcement.  The traffic officer's responsibility is to monitor and enforce all traffic laws, promote driving safety through education and serve as the department liaison to the Traffic Safety Committee.  Deputy Mike Baraz can be reached at (707) 565-1234 ext 99860.

ANIMAL CONTROL   Animal Control services can be requested through dispatch at (707) 996-3601.  All animal license information is available on the business number, (707) 996-3602.

Animal Control functions are performed by the Community Services Officers.  Their primary responsibility is to enforce the safe and responsible ownership of dogs within the City of Sonoma.  They also respond to dogs at large and injured animal calls.  Found dogs are sheltered for six days at the temporary shelter at Sonoma Police Department, while efforts are made to reunite them with their owners.  After that time the animals are transferred to Pets Lifeline or Sonoma County Animal Control.

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER   The School Resource Officer (SRO) is assigned to Sonoma High School to promote student safety and serve as a resource for students and faculty. The SRO is specifically trained to perform three roles: law enforcement officer, law related counselor and law related teacher.

In addition to his daily duties the SRO also conducts special student activities such as EVERY 15 Minutes, a drunk driving prevention program for high school students.

Deputy Matt Regan can be reached at (707) 933-4021

SONOMA VALLEY YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES   Initiated in 1997, the Sonoma Valley Youth and Family Services Program offers a restorative approach to youth justice with accountability, family involvement and community partnerships as its foundation.  The goal for the program is to prevent or reduce the likelihood of admission into the formal juvenile justice system and to offer each participant the opportunity to be accountable for their actions. 

Cynthia Ashmore, Youth and Family Services Program Coordinator can be reached by calling (707) 565-8734.

YWCA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES Initiated in November 2000, the YWCA Sonoma County, in partnership with the Sonoma Police Department, provides a full-time domestic violence victim advocate for the Sonoma Valley. Services include crisis counseling, safety planning, restraining order advocacy, support groups (English/Spanish), accompaniment to court, mediation and reporting to the police, and other information and referrals. All services are confidential and police contact is not required.

Ofrecemos un grupo de apoyo para victimas de violencia doméstica en Sonoma. Llame al (707) 546-1234 para más información. Todos servicios de la YWCA son confidenciales.

Contact the YWCA Domestic Violence Advocate at Sonoma Police Department at (707) 565-8733. The YWCA 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline is (707) 546-1233.

VOUNTEERS IN POLICING   The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department's Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.) program was established to better connect with the community we serve.

V.I.P. members contribute greatly to Sonoma Police Department through the donation of their time. Their contributions in the field as well as in the office enables our Deputies and Support Staff to better respond to calls for service and generally meet our responsibilities to the public.

The V.I.P. unit at Sonoma Police Department is composed of unpaid, volunteer, adult citizens from Sonoma Valley.  After receiving general and task-specific training, V.I.P.s are utilized as additional "eyes and ears" of the Department and to perform a variety of specialized assignments under the supervision of Department staff.

Applicants are required to possess a valid drivers license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the state of California to perform the essential job functions of this position. Candidates for this position will be required to pass a background investigation.

POLICE EXPLORERS   Exploring teaches the values of commitment, citizenship, dedication, leadership and community service.  Young men and woman 15 to 20 years of age can participate in the program and learn the laws of arrest; First Aid/CPR, crime scene management, traffic control and other skills valuable to pursuing a career in law enforcement.  For further information about the Sonoma Police Explorer Post 110 contact Deputy Tom Howard at Sonoma Police Department.

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