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Posted on: September 14, 2023

Tehachapi Police Seeks Volunteers in Police Service

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The Tehachapi Police Department needs the community’s involvement in its Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) program. The primary purpose of the VIPS program is to provide the police department with an extra set of “eyes and...

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Posted on: June 27, 2023

City of Tehachapi Passes Balanced Budget

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On Monday, June 26, the Tehachapi City Council approved a balanced $39.7 million budget for fiscal year 2023-24. The approved budget also addressed subsequent balanced years through 2027-28. The budget includes all operating funds within the City includin...

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Posted on: June 27, 2023

TPD Officers Honored for DUI Arrests by M.A.D.D.

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On Thursday June 22, 2023, Tehachapi Police Officers Amy Smith and Kevin Archuleta were honored for their DUI arrests at the annual Mother Against Drug Driving Awards in Bakersfield California. Law enforcement agencies throughout Kern County attended the ...

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Posted on: May 24, 2023

Earth Day Makeup Day a Huge Success

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On Tuesday May 23, 2023, more than 20 volunteers from the Tehachapi community came out to the rescheduled Earth Day litter removal event. Due to rain and snow in April the litter removal was postponed for safety concerns. Today more than 460 pounds of lit...

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Posted on: April 25, 2023

Tehachapi Names New Police Chief

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Date: April 25 2023 

The City of Tehachapi is pleased to announce the hiring of new Police Chief Richard Standridge. Chief Standridge will be joining the City of Tehachapi team bringing 24 years of law enforcement experience ...

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Posted on: April 19, 2023

Officers and Dispatcher Recognized

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Acting Lt. Jason Dunham opened a recent city staff meeting by recognizing several Tehachapi Police Department members for their actions at a housefire on March 8, in the City of Tehachapi. Sergeant James Clark, Officer Jared McCombs, Officer Richard Kiser...

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Posted on: April 4, 2023

City Council Unanimously Approves Resolution to Oppose Measure to Remove Local Control

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On Monday, April 4th the Tehachapi City Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing Initiative 21-0042A1 which has collected enough signatures to appear on the Statewide November 2024 ballot.

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Posted on: February 7, 2023

Keith Sackewitz Appointed to City Council

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Keith Sackewitz was selected by the Tehachapi City Council to fill the vacancy in District 2.

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Posted on: February 6, 2023

Tehachapi Announces Police Chief Retirement


Kent Kroeger has retired as Chief of Police after nine years at TPD and 35 years in the law enforcement profession.

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Posted on: January 30, 2023

Search Warrant Served/Indoor Marijuana Grow

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January 13, 2023
Search Warrant Served / Indoor Marijuana Grow 
On January 13, 2023, at approximately 9:30 AM Tehachapi Police Department with assistance from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, conducted a search warrant i...
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Posted on: October 3, 2022

Grand Theft Suspects Arrested

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October 2, 2022
On Sunday October 2, 2022, at approximately 3:00 am, an officer from the Tehachapi Police Department was patrolling the parking lot of the Home Depot store located in t...
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