UPDATE: On Thursday, June 4, 2020 the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has terminated the curfew that had been in place since earlier this week. There is now no curfew in place for Danville.
6/2/2020 DANVILLE POLICE PRESENCE DOWNTOWN.
MESSAGE FROM CHIEF ALLAN SHIELDS
We have received a few questions from residents regarding the presence of Danville Police downtown and additional police resources nearby. I want to take a moment to just give some information on what was happening.
As everyone is aware, a protest over the death of George Floyd had been scheduled for today in downtown Danville. The Police Department received information from various social media sources that the peaceful protest may turn violent, so the organizers chose to cancel their event.
Since the time and date had already gotten online and garnered attention, and because of the looting and rioting occurring throughout the Bay Area, the Danville Police Department chose to exercise caution and stage police resources nearby in the event that a protest did still occur.
Danville officers monitored the location to watch for protesters, and additional resources from Danville PD and other agencies staged nearby if the planned peaceful event took a turn for the worse. Our officers advised the protesters that the police were there to protect their freedom of speech and make sure the event was safe.
Around 40 individuals turned out near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and San Ramon Valley Boulevard. The protesters were respectful, did not block streets or crosswalks, and were masked and practicing social distancing. As the situation did not warrant it, the additional resources were not deployed and were later released.
We are pleased that this event was able to occur without issue, and we are grateful to our law enforcement partners for their willingness to stand by and to those who came out to protest today for showing decorum, kindness and respect while getting their message across.
As there are still concerns about the groups who are going to cities and towns in the Bay Area with the intent of rioting and looting, the Danville Police Department will remain vigilant and continue to operate at a higher staffing level while this threat persists.
Allan Shields Police Chief Town of Danville
6/2/2020 Contra Costa County Passes Proclamation of Local Emergencyand a Countywide Curfew Order Due to Civil Unrest
6/1/2020 Updated Curfew Information
Due to the looting and violence occurring in the Bay Area and the potential for such activity here, the Town of Danville has declared a State of Emergency due to Civil Unrest. Under that State of Emergency, Police have instituted a mandatory curfew from June 1, 2020 – June 4, 2020. Hours of the curfew will be 8:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. Residents are asked to remain home during the hours of the curfew.
Additional police personnel have been activated and are maintaining patrols throughout Town.
We are aware of the threats that have been made on social media. We ask residents to only use 911 for reporting of emergencies.
Due to the looting and violence occurring in the Bay Area and the potential for such activity here, the Town of Danville has declared a State of Emergency due to Civil Unrest.
DANVILLE PD TAKING PRECAUTIONS IN CASE OF LOOTING. MESSAGE FROM POLICE CHIEF ALLAN SHIELDS
To the Danville Community,
Following the Sunday violence in Walnut Creek and other Bay Area cities, we have taken action to better safeguard our Town. We have brought in additional officers to reinforce our patrols, as well as to monitor various social media platforms for information regarding any future looting actions.
While the organizers of the June 2 protest in downtown Danville have chosen to cancel their event, we will remain vigilant and ready as outside elements intent on violent action are a continuing cause for concern.
To prepare for this potential threat the Danville Police Department is taking several actions. We are in constant communication with our Town Council and Town Staff to make sure we have all available information and to provide them with the information we have. We are increasing staffing and patrols, monitoring social media and other intelligence sources, and coordinating with local law enforcement so that we can react rapidly to evolving threats. The most important thing to know is that we hold the safety our Danville community as our highest priority, and will take all precautions possible to maintain the safety of our residents and businesses.
What we ask of you, the community, is to stay alert, stay home and stay safe. If you see something that appears suspicious or threatening, contact us immediately. Do not engage. Report what you are seeing and let our officers do what they are trained for.
To our business community I would like to say that we are seeing social media posts calling for similar actions to what happened in Walnut Creek. There does not appear to be the same level of activity on these threads, but we are continuing to monitor them as a precaution. However, out of an abundance of caution, I would suggest that if you have the means to secure your property or your inventory that you may wish to do so in the short term.
We will be continuing to put out information when possible, and when doing so does not jeopardize the safety of the community or our officers. Information will be posted to Nixle, Nextdoor, and the Town of Danville website www.danville.ca.gov.
Be well and stay safe,
Allan Shields Police Chief Danville Police Department
9:30 PM 5/31/2020
ORGANIZER CANCELS JUNE 2 PROTEST.
We received this information earlier this evening from one of the organizers of the Tuesday June 2 Protest. Due to the threats of violence that have become attached to the event, they have chosen to cancel it in favor of another date. Danville Police will nonetheless remain vigilant over the next few days as elements from outside Danville have focused on this event.
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED - 1O PM CURFEW SET.
Due to the looting and violence that is occurring in Walnut Creek, the Town of Danville has declared a State of Emergency due to Civil Unrest. Under that State of Emergency, police have instituted a mandatory curfew beginning at 10:00 pm. through 5:00 a.m. Residents are asked to stay at home during this time. Additional police personnel have been activated and are maintaining patrols throughout Town. We are aware of the threats that have been made on social media.
We ask residents to only use 911 for reporting of emergencies.