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News ImageCorcoran Police Department Animal Control is offering a

A low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m .  The clinic will be at Civic Center Park located at the corner of Hanna Avenue and Otis Avenue across from the Train Depot parking lot. 

City of Corcoran * Public Works Department * Road Maintenance Project

In September 2016, the Corcoran City Council approved a road maintenance project for Whitley Ave. 

The project will begin at Otis Ave. and proceed west to Dairy Ave. in 2-3 stages, beginning with crack-sealing, slurry seal, and parking and street striping. 


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News ImageCorcoran Cooling Centers

* Depot, (Corcoran Area Transit) located at 1099 Otis Avenue, 992-2177 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

* RAC located at 900 Dairy Avenue * Hours: 9 am - 9 pm Monday through Saturday will be closed on Sunday, for more information call 992-5171 ** Updated extended hours: Wednesday, 07/27/16 3-6 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m.* 07/28/16 Thursday 4-6p.m. and 7-9 p.m.07/29/16 Friday and 07/30/16 Saturday 1:30-3:30 p.m.and 4-6 p.m.

* (New Hours) Kings County Library-Corcoran Branch located at 1001 Chittenden Avenue, 992-3314. The library is now open on every Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Currently they also extended Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday's hours to 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

NOTE: A Heat Alert may be issued when the temperature is 105 degrees F for two (2) consecutive days.

For additional information please contact Corcoran Police Department.

News ImageSafety Tips For Driving In The Fog.

*Slow down. If you cannot see where you are going, do not drive fast. Use your speedometer as a guide to regulate your speed, thick fog masks the sensation of speed by removing visual indicators.

*Use low-beam headlights. When visibility is restricted, a driver's natural tendency is to activate the high-beam headlights. When driving in fog, this further impairs visibility because the high-beam illumination reflects off of the fog and back at your vehicle. Also, remember that some models of vehicles equipped with "Auto" settings for headlights will not activate in the fog. Be sure your headlights are in the "on" position if they do not automatically come on.

*Use fog lights. If your vehicle has fog lights, they can help illuminate the road and make your vehicle more visible to other drivers.

*Use the right-side pavement line as a guide. In thick fog, use the white line painted on the right side of the road as a guide. Do not use the center pavement markings, because doing so will guide you to move closer to oncoming vehicles, which are also driven by people having trouble seeing where they are going.

*Do not stop on the road. When you cannot see where you are going, a natural reaction is to slow down or even stop. In fog, never stop on the road. Find a safe place to pull over that is as far away from traffic as possible and turn off your lights. Leaving your lights on may cause motorists to think that your taillights indicate the lane of travel, which could cause a collision.

News ImageCorcoran PD Halloween Safety Tips


The Corcoran Police Department encourages safety and supervision during the annual Trick-or-Treat season. It is especially important for parents to adhere to a few safety rules for their children when they are trick-or-treating.

* Plan a trick or treating route in a familiar neighborhood with well-lit streets.
* Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated.
* Teach children to say "No!" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a a treat, or leave with them.
* Never send younger children out alone. Make sure older children take friends and stay together.
* Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.

We hope you have a safe Halloween and don't forget to trick or treat at the Police Department our lobby will be open for Trick or Treaters! Also, if you see a Corcoran Police Officer in a squad car, they will have treats to hand out as well!

Traffic Safety Around Schools

With another school year about to begin, the Corcoran Police Department would like to offer some suggestions to help make our school zones safer and improve traffic safety.  Pedestrians, bicyclists, buses and parents all contribute to school zone congestion. Even though Corcoran is a small town, most schools in Corcoran are faced with traffic issues such as double parking, speeding, unsafe U-turns, and more.

Safety Tips for Driving in the Fog from the Corcoran Police Department.

Fog can be thought of as a cloud at ground level. It forms when the temperature drops to the dew point (the temperature at which air is saturated), and invisible water vapor in the air condenses to form suspended water droplets. Fog can reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less, creating hazardous driving conditions. If you can't postpone your trip until dense fog lifts -- usually by late morning or the afternoon -- follow these tips: 

  • Drive with lights on low beam. High beams will only be reflected back off the fog and actually impair visibility even more.
  • Reduce your speed -- and watch your speedometer. Fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be speeding.
  • Listen for traffic you cannot see. Open your window a little, to hear better.
  • Use wipers and defrosters as necessary for maximum visibility.
  • Use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.
  • Be patient. Do not pass lines of traffic.
  • Do not stop on a freeway or heavily traveled road. If your car stalls or becomes disabled, turn your vehicle's lights off, and take your foot off of the brake pedal. People tend to follow tail lights when driving in fog. Move away from the vehicle to avoid injury.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with automatic daytime headlights, you should remember that tail lights do not automatically turn on.   You should always turn your headlights on manually when driving in the fog or other limited visibility situations.

News ImageHot Weather - Corcoran Cool Places

As in previous years, the Corcoran Area Transit will be a Cooling Place to help Corcoran Residents beat the heat when temperatures reach 105 degrees for two (2) consecutive days. The Corcoran Area Transit Depot, located at 1099 Otis Avenue (559) 992-2177, will be open as a cooling station.  However, keep in mind that the Depot's hours of operation are as follows: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. , and Closed on weekends and major holidays. Other Cooling Station locations are as follows: Corcoran RAC at 900 Dairy Avenue (559) 992-5171 and the Kings County Library (Corcoran) 1001 Chittenden Avenue at (559) 992-3314.  For more information, contact the Corcoran Police Department at (559) 992-5151 or click here.

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News ImageCorcoran Police Department introduces Nixle to the community.

Corcoran Police Department has been utilizing a new communications service that allows us to send important and valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.

The Nixle Community Information Service allows us to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle web site at www.nixle.com.

Corcoran Police Department Animal Control Services

(Corcoran, Calif.) The Corcoran Police Department Animal Control Officer responds to the public's complaints related to dogs, animals running at large and investigates all dog bite complaints. Dogs and animals which are caught running at large are impounded locally at the City of Corcoran kennel temporarily and then transported to the Avenal Animal Shelter for additional holding if not claimed by an owner.                                                        

The Animal Control Officer investigating animal bite complaints determines if the incident requires some type of isolation for the animal.  Animals that are unlicensed or lack their appropriate vaccinations are isolated at the Avenal Animal Shelter for 10 days or at a veterinarian's office of the animal owner's choice for five days. If the bite animal is licensed and properly vaccinated a home isolation may be possible if no other pets reside on the premises. Home isolations are for a period of 10 days and the animal control officer will check on the animal at least one time during the isolation period.  If the animal has bitten on a prior occasion, home isolations are not allowable.

News ImageCorcoran Police Department Christmas Card Contest

The Corcoran Police Department staff was overwhelmed with all the art masterpieces our Mark Twain student's submitted for this year's contest.  It is very hard to to choose since we would like to use all of the creative entries. This year we are very happy to six students be our artist for the Christmas card cover. 

SCHOOLS IN SESSION - Information from the Corcoran Police Department

School is back in session and the police department will be working to keep the children of our community safe as they go to and from the various school sites.  A primary concern of the Corcoran Police Department is the safety of the children as they face a variety of hazards crossing streets and making their way to school.

Police officers will be patrolling in the area of each school site and will be issuing citations for traffic violations.  With the heavy volume of traffic such violations as failing to stop at stop signs, speeding, illegally stopping in crosswalks, illegal U-turns, failing to stop for busses with red lights flashing and double-parking create dangerous situations for our kids.

The police department asks everyone dropping children off at school to use parking spaces along the curbs on side streets adjacent to the school sites if you must leave your vehicle to walk young children to their classes.  Double parking is a violation of the law and causes traffic to back up creating hazardous situations for children.

In an effort to address traffic concerns around the schools, the police department will also be enforcing violations for impeding the flow of traffic, speeding and crosswalk violations.  Pedestrians who cross against red lights or impede traffic in any way will also be cited.

The Corcoran Police Department asks all students and motorists to obey the laws so everyone may make it safely to and from school.

News ImageHot Weather Cooling Centers

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Corcoran, Calif. - As families across California plan for upcoming spring travel, there's not much you can do to control the cost of filling up the gas tank, but you can avoid a costly ticket by making sure that everyone in the car wears their seat belt. Law enforcement throughout the state, including the Corcoran Police Department will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the 2011 Click It or Ticket mobilization, May 23 - June 5.  The fines and fees for first time adult seat belt violations is a minimum of $142.  For children under 16, the fine is $445 for a first time offense.

Because nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, nighttime enforcement has become a priority of the Click It or Ticket mobilization. Nationwide, of those who died in nighttime crashes in 2009, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

"Many nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts.  Law enforcement throughout the area will be looking for seat belt violators, day and night," said Police Chief Reuben Shortnacy "Citations will be issued without warning.  It's not just about avoiding a costly ticket; it's about keeping the ones you care about alive. Remember to buckle up on every trip, day and night."

News ImagePolice K-9 Simba Retires

On February 7, 2011 Corcoran PD's K-9 Simba was officially retired from the Corcoran Police Department.  Simba, a nearly 8 1/2 year old Labrador Retriever has suffered some health issues and can no longer endure the work that he has done most of his life.  Simba has been a loyal partner to his handler, Corporal Laura Duran.  During Simba's 7 years with Corcoran PD he has alerted to a variety of different illegal drugs that would have had a total street value of approximately 1.5 million dollars.  Simba has been a part of many anti-drug presentations, has taken first place in different K-9 trials where he competed with K-9's from numerous other agencies throughout the state.  Because of his outstanding ability to find drugs his service has been requested from many different agencies throughout the valley and state.  Simba will enjoy his retirement with his handler.

Corcoran P.D. K-9 Team Places 1st

On Friday, October 1, 2010, the Kingsburg Police Department held the 15th Annual Kingsburg K-9 Trials at the Kingsburg Gun Club in Kingsburg, Ca.  Corcoran Police Department Officer Laura Duran and her K-9 partner "Simba" participated in this event which was attended by law enforcement agencies from throughout the state to include handler/K-9 teams from as far away as South San Francisco Police Department and Riverside County.

Over the course of the day, Officer Duran and "Simba" participated in two different categories at the trials, building searches and vehicle searches.  These two disciplines stress the need for a strong handler/K-9 team bond and are frequently used during the course off a K-9's patrol shift. 

Based on excellent teamwork exhibited during the judging process, Officer Duran and her partner "Simba" were awarded first place trophies for both categories during the event.  They were the team identified as the overall winner of the narcotic phase of the K-9 trials.

This is the second time Officer Duran and "Simba" have been recognized for their excellent teamwork.  In March of 2010, they attended the 25th Annual Sierra K-9 Trials in Visalia, Ca., and were awarded a first place trophy for their involvement in the vehicle search phase of the K-9 trails.

Large commerical vehicle parking ordinance modified.

The ordinance regulating the parking of large commercial vehicles in residential areas was recently modified.  The modifications were made after a lengthy process of studying the issues surrounding the parking of large commercial vehicles in residential districts, as well as obtaining input from various stakeholders.  The new ordinance was passed and adopted on April 5, 2010 and will become enforceable on May 30, 2010. 

 The new ordinance prohibits the parking of large commercial vehicles with a maximum gross weight of 30,000 pounds in residential districts.  The ordinance does provide a couple of exceptions that allow large commercial vehicles to park in residential districts.   One exception is if the large vehicle is parked on private property with a minimum lot size of 20,000 square feet and the vehicle is parked a minimum of 20 feet from the nearest public improvement.  The second exception is if the large vehicle is parked on a designated truck route, excluding near school zones.

 Signs will be placed at all entrances to the city to notify drivers of the ordinance and City staff will work with large commercial vehicle owners and operators to ensure they are in compliance with the ordinance.  If anyone has questions regarding the ordinance they may call Deputy Chief Gary Cramer at 992-5151 ext. 244.