Almanac

News - March 5, 2014

Facebook wants to help police Menlo Park

by Sandy Brundage

When the new Belle Haven substation opens this spring, it may come with a larger police staff than expected for at least three years.

Facebook, with headquarters located not far from the where the substation will open within a strip mall at Hamilton Avenue and Willow Road, is offering to pay the city up to $200,000 a year for three years to fund a sworn officer position. It will also consider renewing the agreement for two years after that.

The officer's work would focus on schools and kids, with priorities that include responding to any school incidents; creating programs for first-time juvenile offenders as well as truancy enforcement; and collaborating with gang and traffic units, according to a city staff report.

The City Council was scheduled to vote on the agreement during its March 4 meeting, after the Almanac's press deadline.

Check Almanacnews.com for an update.

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