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Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri said he doesn’t know whether it’s gratifying or horrifying that officers in his department wrote 62 tickets in five hours during a February pedestrian crosswalk sting.

The department is stepping up its efforts to make sure pedestrians cross Alameda’s streets safely and to let the public know the department takes pedestrian safety seriously, and the periodic stings are one of several strategies it’s employing. Other efforts will include safety messages on the department’s Twitter account and Facebook page, a poster contest for Alameda’s students and “May You Arrive Safely,” a safety walk scheduled for May 3.

 
The Alameda Police Department provided pedestrian collision data for 2013 that we've assembled into this map. Data includes the time, date and location of the collisions, plus who was at fault and why.

The Alameda Fire Department and the Community Development Department have partnered to fund a citywide Safety and Accessibility Modification Program, a fire and fall safety program that aims to keep Alameda's seniors and disabled people safer in their homes.

Since 2009 the program, whose target population is low-income disabled people and seniors ages 62 and older, has served more than 300 Alamedans and has employed numerous licensed contractors to complete the work.

While improving safety, the program's goals also include reducing fire and medical calls through prevention efforts.

Last month’s shootings at a Connecticut elementary school have spurred fresh questions about whether schools should be doing more to keep students safe, though local schools officials say they're confident they're doing the right things.

School safety experts are saying that while it may not be possible to stop a determined attacker, many lives could be saved if the appropriate training, staffing and safety controls are in place.

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Hundreds of the Alameda Unified School District’s youngest charges are on wide-open school campuses where some basic security measures aren’t being followed, visits to three of Alameda’s elementary schools showed this week.

“Sadly, it is not surprising at all,” school security expert Ken Trump said when presented with the results of the reporter’s visits.