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Special Report: Waiting for backup

Original post made on Sep 25, 2007

Swirling a cup of coffee in the break room of the Menlo Park Police Department on a September afternoon, Felicia Byars is exhausted.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Former MPPD Officer
a resident of another community
on Sep 25, 2007 at 10:24 pm

HA! What exactly did the City of Menlo expect? In 2003 they ousted an officer with threats of harrasment from a fellow female officer without a proper investigation. This witch hunt was headed by Gotia for this officer, who had strict military background in a liberal police force, only to find out later that the harrasment allegations had been a cover story that the accusing officer was leaving anyways due to pregnancy and she wanted to take her rival from the academy down with her. No apology was ever extended to the ousted officer and rumors of his reasons for dismissal continue today! Shortly after his exodus the trend of officers leaving due to the open favortism began, killing the morale of the Department. This officer, who averaged two dui arrests per night and made the Almanac several times, moved on without looking back and now, even with this horrendous scar on his record, makes more than twice that of the retiring Molakides per year! So HA, I say. Karma is setting in. What goes around, is certainly, coming back around.


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Posted by Current Menlo Park Police Officer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 26, 2007 at 5:26 am

Well. To start off I have to keep my name free because of fear of retaliation. Menlo Park PD has been known in the past years for never having many officers leave the dept for other agencies. Since 2002 the department's Command Staff including at the time Chief of Police Chris Boyd, Former Cmdr Mark Boettger current Chief Bruce Goitia and Cmdr. Terri Molakides have showed favortism to the people that they are close with and who they have personal relations with. Menlo Park has had a problem with a racist Sgt who happend to be best friends with Chris Boyd and Terri Molakides. Boyd made promotions based on what relationships he had with officers not for who earned the postion.
The city of Menlo Park is quick to say the reason everyone has left to other PD's is the pay, and cost of living. It goes beyond that. Being that I am a current employee, we still have several officers who commute from Modesto, Tracy and one who has a future retierment home in Reno. This has not been an issue for these officers. The "light bulb" has not turned on in the City of Menlo Park. They seem to be in Neverland. The three former african-american officers were at MPPD for at least 6-7 years. House prices and wages have pretty much been the same over those 6 years. These guys loved working for MPPD but because of one Sergeant who the city is still protecting him of his racial, use of force and mentally unstable issues, they left MPPD to work for respectable police departments. There must be some issue of Racial descrimination. Menlo Park PD had 7 african-amercian officers over that past 9 years and currently they have one african-amercian officer who may be in the hiring process for employment else where. The problem is bigger than they are making it out to be. Menlo Park PD needs to fix morale by not showing favortism, and take responsibility for what they have created. Like Chief Goitia said they have a very young dept with less than 2yrs expeirence. Some of these officers will tell you it is the best place in the world to work. That is because they are afraid to voice their opinions and some of who are still on probation for 18 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Wake Up Menlo.............


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Posted by Former MPPD Officer
a resident of another community
on Sep 26, 2007 at 9:19 am

Chief Goitia needs to be honest with himself about the problems at Menlo Park PD. Morale is a huge issue. They treat most of the officers horriby. The administration expects a lot of loyalty but gives none, except to a few chosen few.

What do they expect when the African-American officer to retire in the last few years has been denied a retirement badge? Chief Goitia cannot cite any written policy for his actions. The officer was injured in the line of duty and has been treated with such disrespect. Who would want to work in that environment


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Posted by ex politico
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 26, 2007 at 11:19 am

And yet Da Mayor is wasting tax dollars and staff time on pipedream projects (Park Theatre, downtown block parties, overpaid planning consultants, Green projects) instead of focusing on the pressing needs of the city and lagging staff morale. Check out the deteriorating infrastructure, half the streets will have to be repaved, not just seal coated. Can't we get some return
on our excessive UUT? How about a new mayor before we lose more valued staff?


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Posted by Not Disgruntled Just Gone
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 26, 2007 at 12:01 pm

The problems go much deeper than race issues, or pay issues...in fact the first two are the smaller problems they face, and no one will talk about the real issues or even admit they are there. But no one outside the PD cares, and why should they? So those who can leave, will continue to leave, and those who can't will stay. The city will keep paying to train new cops at $100K+ a piece, the world will keep turning, and at some point it will stabilize. I just hope the problems of EPAPD don't migrate over with the wave of EPAPD cops jumping ship to Menlo Park. The former MP chief did a great job taking this once well reputed department, and driving it into an iceberg. Picking up the pieces is proving to be quite an elusive task.


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Posted by Former MPPD Officer
a resident of another community
on Sep 26, 2007 at 12:07 pm

The MPPD has been operating similiar to organized crime for the last 4 years. The federal goverment should come in and investigate the organization for civil rights violations and unfair practices. Starting with the Chief through the management ranks a chosen few have been given unlimited authority to intimidate citizens and employees alike. Some officers are untouchable and can committe policy violations and at times civil rights violations while others are held to a much higher standard.

Commander Molikies retirement is no surprise during this time of scrutiny. Now it is time for the Chief to resign and a more competent ethical group of leaders take over the everyday functions of the police department. People are not leaving because of money or housing. They are being intimidated by a key group of people. This type of unethical behavior amongst police departments has happened in much larger cities like LA and SF. Menlo Park Residents should wake up and realize it is happening in there own city.


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Posted by former officer
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 26, 2007 at 6:24 pm

The problem of favoritism is so prevalent in the department that it should be looked at as the cause of why experienced officers are leaving. Officers with tenure generally stay at departments because there is the ability to promote through the ranks and because when you leave departments, you start over with no seniority. Why would someone leave that seniority behind? Because they have realized that they are in a "no win" situation where they can not promote.

Some officers even gave up and did not apply because if an officer applied that was not one of the favorites, they became scrutized and the subject of attack. No one goes against the system. It is career suicide.

It is infuriating that the City's response to all of this is to blame it on factors that have existed for years. But it is not surprising. The City has done nothing but cover up their dirty little secret for the city itself and all of its favorites.


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Posted by vox populi
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 26, 2007 at 8:16 pm

this expose is shameful. Why does the current council/administration plead ignorance, while wasting hundreds of thousands of tax dollars, countless hours of staff time on "visioning of ECR", "Green themes",
"downtown block parties right on the heels of the Connosieurs Mkt.Place event". What will it take to get some leadership in this city? I want to express my apologies to the rank and file police officers.


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Posted by concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 26, 2007 at 10:32 pm

The police department should be investigated by an outside agency. Possibly the Grand Jury can inquire to the illigle practices which are occurring in the police department. Or mayby an independent police commission can be formed to regulate and oversee the operations of the police department. If this was any other type of business other then police work they would have been scrutined years ago. Why do we allow them to continuely justify and lie making excuses. No more excues I want action as a community member. I dont feel safe and I sure dont want east palo alto cops bringing ther bags with them from EPA. To Council fire the department heads you have to and make changes before more people's lives get hurt.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 27, 2007 at 7:37 am

First, I would like to thank the honest and hard working peace officers who protect us.

Second, I have to agree with "Former MPPD Officer." As a civilian, I too can tell that MP is run like organized crime. In Cicero, Illinois, one of the most corrupt governments ever, things got so bad that the federal government had to step in to oversee everything from hirings, firings and elections!

When a government has no accountability, anything goes really.

Oh yeah, by the way, the city manager makes $240k +...


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Posted by Concerned City Employee
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2007 at 8:53 am

In my short time at Menlo Park (less than 10 years) I have seen a lot of good cops (some not so good) leave to other agencies. A lot have left for money, benefits, and quality of life with their families. And then there is the dirt little dark-side of Menlo Park. I am not blind to the problems that exist here, and have considered leaving myself. We work long hours with little to no recognition for the job that we do, by either the administration or the city. Are there clicks in Menlo Park? Absolutely! And those who are in those clicks walk the halls with impunity. But for those of us who show up to work everyday, we put on our game face do this city a true service.

The new city manager has a great task in front of him. The water is rushing over the flood gates in Menlo Park, and if he doesn't do something with some real meaning, he can expect to have personal problems at the police department for years to come. If he doesn't convince the city council to throw real "$$$" money at the problem he will continue to see these overworked, under appreciated officers line up to leave.


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Posted by Eyes wide open
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 27, 2007 at 3:29 pm

This is certainly a convienent forum for past MMPD officers to voice their opinion. As they know the City is legally bound NOT to discuss labor issues for legal reasons.

First, and foremost I want to THANK all of the employees of Menlo Park especially those responsible for responding to emergencies.

Every work place has issues, those special employees, those that feel they deserve something for just doing the job (or not), and then there are those that deserve recognition. The question becomes how do we the citizens of MP seperate fact from fiction and rumor? We don't that is why the administration and legal council fully investigates all accusations and responds appropriately. The hard part is the city is legally bound to remain silent while the other parties do not.

Promotions are a great thing but hard to do without turnover and candidates that are ready. Specialty Positions are very rewarding but hard to do whith all personnel asigned to patrol. I am confident that as soon as there are enough bodies to staff the street that those that are doing their job, are acting professional, and show a interest in doing something other than patrol will have the opportunity to be rewarded with a specialty position or promotion.

As far as the favoritism goes: How do you have favoratism when more than half the department has less then 2 years of experience and one of the commanders just finished her first year and most of the sgts only have a few years on as well?

The MPPD has been in a downward spiral for several years. It is not somehting than can be fixed overnight. I hope the plan they put together works and is endorced by the POA. The citizens of Menlo Park have a great group of men and women working for them and given the proper environment, tool, and opportunites will see the department become a great place to work and one we can all be very proud of.

I would urge all to support the police department so that they can close this dark chapter and can focus on providing excellent police services for the City of Menlo Park!




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Posted by Mississippi Burning
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2007 at 4:50 pm

TODAY'S HEADLINES -! Ron Prickett Escapes Again!

Back in the day, I too was a victim of Ron's nasty racist behavior. Over many years we have all heard stories and read the news articles involiving Ron's actions We must ask the question- How can this man get caught-up in so many internal affairs investigations during his carreer, still work as an officer, and get promoted to Sgt? I guess the only ones who will really know are those pup officeres who want to be a Ron Clone. Unfortunalty Menlo wiill be stuck with Ron and his clones until he retires. When those clones carryon the Ron legacy there will continue to be racism and lawsuits! Stay tuned boys and girls! I have many many Ron stories that will make good reading while you sit around the family fireplace during holidays.


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Posted by The truth will set you free!!!!!
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 27, 2007 at 7:29 pm

Well Well Well!!!! It looks like a sergeant, commander, or even the chief have posted a politcal response to the comments. This response is to the comment posted by Eyes Wide Open.........

First of all I agree with you, every work place has its own issues but theirs is nothing compaired to the issues MPPD has. You made a comment about the admin and legal council fully investigates all accusations. I disagree with that statement. If they did fully investigate issues and respond to them appropriately, there would not be a huge turn around of officers leaving, [portion removed by Almanac staff] and there wouldn't be issues with lying in police reports to cover up civil rights violations.

Then you talked about the commander finishing her first year on and some sergeants who have been sergeants for a few years. Lets not forget there hasnt been 1 sgt who has been hired from the outside. All the sgts especially the ones who have a few years as being sgts with MPPD all came from within the police dept as prior officers. [Portion removed by Almanac staff]

I'm hoping people will finally see what type of past all these people in the administration have. It's a game of "take care of me and I'll take care of you."

Of course, you had to try and say all this stuff that is being posted is fiction, fact or fow, and rumors. That is how i would react if the "TRUE DIRTY LAUNDRY" was being brought out to the public.

And last, I think this is not a forum to where former officers can speak there mind, I think it is for current officers who have to speak out this way because nothing will get done if they talked to the admin about the depts issues. As for former officers, i dont think they are afraid to say something publically if they wanted too. i think it is posted from some of us who are afraid to speak out within the department to try and make things better. I guess to see change, time will only tell.....I hope it is soon before i need to look elsewhere for employement. That's all for now folks tune in next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by Richard Hine
managing editor of The Almanac
on Sep 28, 2007 at 8:06 am

Richard Hine is a registered user.

I took a comment offline because it contained accusations against a number of individuals that is not part of the public record. Instead of naming individuals, a better direction for this thread would be to articulate the problems and what policy actions the city should take to correct them.


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Posted by Concerned Citzen
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 28, 2007 at 8:33 am

The only way to solve the problem in the police department is to get rid of the current police administration. They have been a part of the problem in the past and continue to perpetuate it. They have had an opportunity to show that they intend to do things differently, but as chosen to continue business as usual. Yet, officers are still leaving and the complaints are the same. I do not know what it will take for the Council to realize that whatever stories they are being told by the police administration are lies. The department needs a chief and commander that has not been a part of the virus that is killing the department.


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Posted by concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 28, 2007 at 8:35 am

Richard, I understand your concerns, but I also think it is important to keep this issue at the forefront and to hear from those who have been most profoundly affected.

Current MP Officer, above, noted that the city tries to suggest that the officers' complaints pertain only to money. Although money is always an issue, reading this thread has shown me that it is far from the most troubling problem we have. Yet our new city manager is falling into line and spouting the same old propaganda rather than taking a fresh and open look at this festering bitterness.

I encourage the Almanac to stay with this story. Don't let platitudes from the city dissuade you. As a long-time resident, for years I have been hearing anecdotes about problems with MP police, and now I am beginning to understand the origins of those problems. If Mr. Rojas won't face the music, maybe one of our council members will take a stand and demand a complete investigation.

Meanwhile, I want to thank the current and former officers who have posted here both for their courage in bringing these issues to light and for their service to us.


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Posted by concerned
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2007 at 11:59 am

Eyes wide open fails to mention the fact that even before the "investigation" of Ron Prickett's actions were close to being completed, that SEVERAL officers and deputies from Menlo Park and other agencies knew the outcome (that Ron Prickett would return to work without any wrongdoing being found). These officers and deputies spoke with specifics about Prickett's clearing that were later repeated and confirmed. Where is the confidentiality with the City of Menlo Park on this? There needs to be another investigation of this police department and city officials.


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Posted by Seething in Sharon Heights
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 28, 2007 at 1:11 pm

This is very interesting...I know first hand that the two or three chiefs prior to Chief Boyd were the initial cause of this "cancer". They simply did not address serious problems brewing in the agency. Chief Boyd was the only chief to step up to the plate and end this "club menlo" attitude. The "Club Menlo" behaviour was known by every agency in the Bay Area. It was a laughing stock. They even had T shirts making fun of the lazy do nothing attitude that plagued MPPD for years. Boyd forced his staff and line level employees to be held accountable. This angered alot of lazy do nothing employees and alot of them left on there own. The almanac has painted this picture of people being fired left and right. Some were. Alot of others chose to go elsewhere or simply retire. The numbers need to be clearly painted for a fair article. Come on Almanac...do a decent job and report facts...not rumor or quotes of angry disgruntled lazy former employees who are bitter.


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Posted by Silent
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 28, 2007 at 1:35 pm

This is a great forum. Believe it or not, not all employees have IA's (where vacation and sick time were accrued). The Administration simply lets good employees go. It is much easier to let a sound employee leave, than to try to remedy the problems in the work place. The problems cant be fixed,it is too deep, it would require a drastic overhaul. It makes no difference if you are a Black,White, Asian, or whatever,the problems are there to stay. And furthermore, when the employee goes to whatever agency they were forced to lateral to, they dont believe the stories pertaining to how silly IA's with "problem employees" are sustained, and serious IA's with "favorites" go away quietly.

Other departments dont believe how unqualified personnel get promoted, the rampant work place dating, how a chief can create a new position for an officer with problems.

If there was a bar it should be raised.


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Posted by Lets be real folks
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 28, 2007 at 2:32 pm

In response to seething in Sharon Heights you need to open your eyes and know what your talking about! I agree Chris Boyd did not like the "Club Menlo" attitude along with the departments t-shirts and coffee mugs but you fail to realize the person who started "club Menlo" and promoted the lazy attitude of "do nothing and get paid" officers is the current Chief of Police Bruce Goitia. Heck I even have a couple of the first t-shirts ever printed given to me by Chief Goitia. But, Menlo's problem started before Chief Goitia took the over. It was Chris Boyd and his administration, which hasn't changed except Goitia is now the Chief, that dismantled the department. Boyd was immature as a Chief and provided no leadership structure for others to follow. The legacy Boyd left behind is the broken hearts of the officers he and his administration lied to at the time and continue to lie to under the Goitia administration.
And Seething if your still reading this ask yourself this question.
How much longer do the citizens of Menlo Park have to read the sign that has been on public display for at least 10 years at the intersection of ECR and Ravenswood accusing Prickett of being corrupt?
The only way Menlo PD will change is to clean house and start firing people and the one place to start is at the top.






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Posted by seething in Sharon Heights
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 28, 2007 at 2:41 pm

Let's be real...you are correct about who was at the fore front of "Club Med". I appreciate the fact you are aware of it. However, the man who displays that inappropriate window dressing about Pricket is [DELETED BY STAFF...] His opinion about Prickett means absolutely nothing. You are misinformed about Boyd. It is going to take years for MPPD to heal. The massive problems he inherited were off the chart. The fact they are hiring EPA cops is horrifying. These are people who were UNABLE to get hired anywhere else. The majority are illiterate and uneducated and some lack in ethics. This is not the caliber that MPPD should be in search of. It is just another "quick fix" to fill vacancies. You are right, the current administration needs to go. Goitia and his command staff are clearly lame ducks. New blood with experience needs to be recruited and retained.


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Posted by Had Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 28, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Enough of this complaining about what happened in the past and let's focus on the present. Whining about years past is not productive nor will it accomplish a thing. There are current, up to date, serious unresolved problems. Public Safety is on of the most important functions in our society. Let clear heads prevail and move forward...not backwards.


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Posted by concerned citizen
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Sep 28, 2007 at 3:45 pm

I applaud "had enough". That is the smartest post yet. MP City Counsel-this is on your shoulders to resolve. This is your job as elected officials to get to the bottom of this a straighten everything out. Please...do your jobs


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Posted by Bill from P.V.
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 28, 2007 at 3:47 pm

Stop hurling pointless allegations and accusations. This will get nowhere in a hurry. I spent years as a CEO of a major corporation. There is no such thing as pleasing everyone all of the time. Almanac: shut this site down as it is only fueling a endless argument that will never end.


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Posted by fed up
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 28, 2007 at 3:50 pm

Almanac Staff, I know that I am among many who agree with "Bill". This needs to be conducted in the proper forum-a City Counsel meeting with all the pertinant administrators present to answer direct and specific questions in a profesional and proper manner.


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Posted by Knowledge is power
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 28, 2007 at 5:03 pm

The City Council IS paying attention, and the reason is that so many people are posting here. If this thread disappears, I am afraid that they'll say "no one cares" and pretend it isn't an issue.

I have learned quite a bit from this thread. It's a little scary to see so many of you so willing to take away the freedom of others to discuss such an important topic. Is that a sign of the times or are you just control freaks?


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Sep 28, 2007 at 5:07 pm

Knowledge...it is not about taking away freedom of speech. Just moving this to the appropriate venue...the City Counsel. This "thread" is inflammatory and wrong


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Posted by Don't tread on me
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 28, 2007 at 5:22 pm

It is absolutely about taking away freedom of speech. The whole point of this forum is to give people the ability to communicate about issues that concern them.

If the content of this thread disturbs you, then don't read it, but how dare you suggest that the rest of us are not entitled to debate the issues?


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Posted by The Truth
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2007 at 5:59 pm

What is happening at the Menlo Park Police Department has not only happened in the past but also the present. This is not about previouse employees who are upset but also current employees who are being mis treated. Both current and previouse employees are posting here. This may be the safest venue for those employees due to the high level of discrimination and harrassment occurring with in the Menlo Park Police Department. If an investigation into this matter is similiar to so many internal affairs investigations conducted by the city including the one regarding the law suite it will be slanted and to the benefit of the Police Department and city not the truth.


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Posted by been around town
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 28, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Why has this forum been taken off the front page, Almanac? Sounds like a little pressure has been brought down on Richard Hine? This is a family newspaper, no controvery to upset our quiet little dreamtown, eh? Well said, "Had enough", point taken, but I have to wonder whether the years of bullying by the city managers/weak councils in contract negotiations between the union representing the Sargents and the other representing rank and file officers has created a revolving door of chiefs with little stomach for battling the administration over minimum necessary funding to get the job done. This started with Jan Dolan and has been the bane of this community. When resources (funding) are scarce, chiefs are forced to operate with their own job security always a concern. So no wonder things get nasty down the chain.
Bottom line, you have a clueless, gutless council, plus a new city mgr. with little history of this town under their belts and a weekly newspaper that, despite it's publisher gaining his claim to fame as an Anchorage reporter who won a Pulitzer for exposing Alaska Pipeline/Teamsters corruption, takes the safe, sanitized, dreamtown approach.
You need to get Banks Albach of The PA Daily News and an SF Chron reporter on this to get any mileage. The Almanac has a heavy hand of censorship in its reporting.
Remember, there are a lot of aware people in this town who are fed up with the status quo. Our tolerance of incompetence has worn thin. Trust that there are good people in this town who appreciate all you do and will back you up to curtail this travesty.


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Posted by just talking
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Sep 28, 2007 at 9:49 pm

No, been around, it's just Gibboney, shining his trophies while holding a tight leash on his staff. Time for the Daily News and Mercury to get into this?


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 29, 2007 at 3:02 am

For public record, how much money has our City paid out for lawsuits created by certain MPPD employees in recent years?. Is there a way to list it by employee? How come the MPPD employee is not responsible for the cost? Maybe that is why the City cant give any raises to the department.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 29, 2007 at 7:15 am

There are three or four consecutive postings that are veeeeeeerrrrrrrrry similar.

I hope this thread does catch the attention (apparently it already has) of the powers that be.

Like one poster said above, for this to get traction, we need the Chronicle or even CBS 60 Minutes on this issue. Burying it from the front page cools the discussion a bit and we don't need that!


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Posted by Current MPPD Officer
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 29, 2007 at 8:32 am

I have been with the Menlo Park police department for a little over 11 years and I have served in the military prior to starting my career as a police officer. I have to honestly say that the article that was written is very accurate and the comments posted are hitting the nail on the head. I have never spoken publicly about my leaders but enough is enough. The unwarranted stress that Chief Boyd and Chief Goitia have caused the brave men and women of the department is worse than what I experienced in Desert Storm. I am only responding because I too am looking at other police agencies for career opportunities. I have never "abandoned ship" as some say but I do agree now is the time to leave a sinking vessel.


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Posted by sick of it
a resident of another community
on Sep 29, 2007 at 11:28 am

The prejudice here isn't just against African Americans, it's against all minorities including Latinos, Asians, women and gays. I'm looking too. Didn't want to, but it's too much anymore.


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Posted by Tired
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Sep 29, 2007 at 3:51 pm

Hey "sick of it"...don't let the door hit you in the @@@!!! Good riddance to another whiney baby who needs to grow up and act like an adult. The MPPD will be much better off without you.


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Posted by worried
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 29, 2007 at 4:31 pm

I am grateful for what our hard-working officers do to protect our safety. If even a fraction of the concerns expressed here are real, our community has a problem. It isn't enough to suggest unhappy workers go elsewhere. We need to be able to recruit good officers, and retain them and it doesn't sound like the city is going to be able to do that.
The reputation of a bad place to work spreads, just as would the reputation of a good place. Our city officials really need to understand what's going on here. Throwing salary or bonus money at an undiagnosed problem may not solve recruitment and retention challenges.


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Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 29, 2007 at 4:34 pm

I don't think people really know what's going on with the Menlo Park Police department. There have been comments from former MPPD officers, MPPD officers which are still employed with the city, and other comments coming from those that really have no knowledge of the internal workings of the P.D., but have decided to jump on the MPPD command staff to cast blame when it's not warranted. Is the P.D. perfect? Not even close! Are they trying to improve conditions such as pay, benefits and staffing? This is met with a resounding "YES."

Those that have worked and are presently working for the P.D. that has voiced their opinions on this thread are in two categories. The ones that have left probably saw the handwriting on the wall. It is what YOU make of it! Laziness and whining doesn't cut it when one is seeking to promote...JUST DO YOUR JOB!!!The ones that are still employed as officers with the city are disgruntled because they're either LAZY COPS and don't deserve being moved into a specialty position or promoted, or they can't go anywhere because of THEIR baggage (as an earlier comment referred to those at the East Palo Alto P.D.).

As far as hiring officers from EAST PALO ALTO, for those that are too indolent to educate themselves about the hiring process, there is a rigorous background these folks have to go through and PASS (administered from an outside firm) before even being considered. There is state certification through POST (Peace Officer Standards of Training) these folks have to have achieved in order to be hired, not to mention the year long probation period before being appointed as a "permanent" employee. As far as I'm concerned, we're very lucky to have hired these officers without having to lower our hiring standards to do so!!!!!!!!

The Police Command Staff at MPPD is doing their best to resolve the issues brought forth in the last couple of years. Should that particular Sergeant still be with the P.D.? That's not up to us as citizens to decide. Chief Goitia was hired as Chief to make decisions to better his department in a way to better serve our community. Let him do his job! The same goes for his Command Staff. Commander Molakides has only served this community for THIRTY years...and because she cares about the community and the organization, she gets to be part of the blame for the department being the way you think it is? Not fair folks! Let the police administration do their jobs and you take that energy you are wasting on this thread to berate the P.D. and use it to be a part of the solution...not the problem!




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Posted by I am concerned too
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 29, 2007 at 4:47 pm

Dismissing all posters as "lazy" and insisting that the issues pertain solely to money (which is not the impression I get from the posts) feels suspiciously like an attempt at whitewashing to me. If everything the PD is doing is on the up-and-up, why are a few of you so afraid of an investigation?

A lot of the complaints here sound like typical workplace whines, but there's also some pretty shocking accusations. If this were the first time I had heard any of this, it might not bother me, but these rumors have been circulating for years. As an ordinary law-abiding resident, I haven't had much to do with the police, but it's hard not to notice that they seem to be a pretty unhappy bunch. It's time for the council and new manager to take action instead of pushing this dirt under the rug yet again.


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Posted by Fairness
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 29, 2007 at 4:58 pm

It is not fair to pre-judge the officers who left EPA to better themselves. What is fair is to look at what "Command Staff" with their THIRTY years has done. If it was managed so well, MPPD wouldnt have these problems. Let us bring light to solving the problem.


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Posted by Retired EPA Officer
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2007 at 8:45 am

I know this posting has nothing to do with the Menlo Park Police Depart but, I would like to respond to those who have made negative comments about the officers of East Palo Alto Police Department.

To say hiring an officer from EPA PD is horrible or because they could not get hire any where else is being narrow minded.
I was a former police officer with the EPAPD and have since retired due to an on duty injury.

During my employment with EPA PD there was a lot of negative press and comments from inside and outside the community who knew no better but to be " arm chair quaterbacks " and voice their opinions but I guess that is one of the rights we all have under the bill or rights.

What I do want to point out is many Menlo Park officers and officers from surrounding agencies could not tolerate the demands of the calls for service on a daily basis. And on the flip side there are EPA officers who would not work well in other communities because they like being busy and ARRESTING BAD PEOPLE instead of worrying about how much over time is on their next paychecks.

Need I remind some of the readers two police officers have been killed in the line of duty, Joel Davis and Richard May, protecting the citizens and trying to apprehend criminals and many other officers have been injured beyond repair protecting the community. The typical EPA officers accepts the challenges and demands of doing a good job, stay within policy to make their "pinches" / arrests.

Why do the people posting negative comments about EPA officers say nothing about the officers from Palo Alto that have been arrested and convicted and are now 290 registrants...aka sexual predator.
Or the Menlo Park Sgt who took his own life to avoid being arrested by the Fremont police department for beating his ex wife and putting her in the hospital.

I say get off the back of former EPA officers unless you have first hand knowledge instead of hearing gossip while enjoying your morning mochas. Thank You for taking the time to read this.


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Posted by Furious
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 30, 2007 at 4:25 pm

This is for furious and former EPA...EPA cops are notorious for being terminated from other agencies and hired at EPA. This is a fact. EPA has been investigated by the DA's office and the Feds. They are as dirty as dirty gets. They currently have a Lieutenant who cannot testify in court today without pleading the 5th ammendment. This is fact not fiction. Corruption and lies are prevalent in that City from the City COunsel down. Remember the City COunselman who was sent to prison? Rememebr the EPA cop who was snet to prison?? Hello, MPPD can surely do much better.


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Posted by Fact Finder
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Sep 30, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Well as long as people of angry about this type of issue, what about our very own Sheriff and UnderSheriif who were "getting massages" at a Las Vegas Brothel and were detained by LVPD in a sting operation. Those two lied through their teeth. The truth is this...neither one of those two "lawmen" ran one step in the Baker to Vegas Challenge. A simple look at the particpant roster will prove this. They lied to the LVPD, to the public they serve, and to the members of the agency they lead. Discusting.


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Posted by Ben There
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 30, 2007 at 4:50 pm

I have to wonder... if the good citizens of Menlo Park were to stop driving fast, using/selling controlled substances, and advertising the wealth that lies at the end of their Ferrari-lined driveways those poor police officers might be able to do their job of protecting and serving in a less harried environment.

One other suggestion: close-off Marsh Road and Willow Road and let East Palo Alto deal with the inhabitants east of the 101. Better yet, make that entire section of town another Gilroy like EPA did with University Avenue.

One employee suggests we swap whats left of the good people of East Palo Alto with the bad people of East Menlo Park, THEN close the freeway overpasses. The reason: those areas with the most notorious crime get the best federal funding, plus, the City of Palo Alto has access to so much money it would be in their best interest to pony-up to keep the bad people from spilling over the creek.

We must careful, though, not to create too much animosity between the two sides of the creek and freeway because when the real estate market takes its final dump and the stock market becomes less profitable than a stall at the San Jose flea market, guess who will move where just to retain a San Mateo County zipcode?


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Posted by Been there
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Sep 30, 2007 at 4:59 pm

Former EPA. In regards to May and Davis, God rest theire souls. I had the unfortunate experience of responding to both of those scenes. Both were needles and tragic. Fact: Davis was in the field training program and was NOT cleared to function on his own. Yes his immediate training officer let him run after the bad guy while he drove around the block. Davis was shot in the head,alone. May hotdogged into a contact without waiting for his backup. Where was the leadership? There was none. In both cases, this was incomopetance at it's best. Those were two totally tragic, and aviodable deaths that EPA PD did and has not learned from. Sad. Breaks my heart everytime I think of it. EPA PD should be eliminated and taken over by the Sheriff as it was once run. Great service, tremendous experience in the deputies assigned there, and a great deal of respect from the citizens and the bad guys too.


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Posted by Bulldozer
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 30, 2007 at 6:03 pm

The City Council and new City Manger needs to think seriously about having an independent third party perform an analysis of their Police Department.

There are consultants, such as Brown Taylor, a retired Police Chief, who specialize in fixing such "sick" organizations. He has done work for several Bay Area police agencies. Taylor usually assumes the role of Interim Chief and over a period of six months develops a series of recommendations to help address the problems. Short term pain; long term results.

Given the apparent turmoil, I am guessing that the short term pain (flattening the organization chart; demotions; forced retirements) would not be a great burden.


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Posted by Purterved
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 30, 2007 at 8:44 pm

Oh Please...Brown Taylor was brought into Atherton and did nothing!! He followed [deleted by Almanac staff] Steve Cader, Chief of police and got absolutely NOTHING done!! Get real...NEW BLOOD...that is what is needed. From the OUTSIDE. uninfluenced...no attachements to employees...NEW BLOOD...BRING IT ON


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Posted by Smarty
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Sep 30, 2007 at 8:46 pm

How about this, Lets dismantle MPPD and bring in the Sheriff's Office. At least we will get a BIG agency with LOTS of resources...think about it

It will be cheaper, more fiscally responsible and the right thing to do!!


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Posted by Harry
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2007 at 8:56 pm

I have been reading all these posts and felt the need to respond. First lets recall some history of the MPPD. Cizankis (sp) when he was promoted to Chief of Police, the "Blazer" concept was introduced in the 1970's which caused an exodus of officers to other departments. Athough a novel idea, maybe a little ahead of it's time.

Then Chief McNamera arrives in the late 1970's. He returns the department to a more traditional appearence but embraces the community policing concept. Chief McNamera remains as Chief until mid 1980's. Few if any officers leave during this time frame.

Chief Thompson replaces Chief McNamera, but only remains as Chief for less than two years. Again,few if any officers leave during this period.

Chief Cumming replaces Chief Thompson and remains Chief throughout the 1990's. Although moral is questionable, again very few officers leave the department.

Chief Vermeer arrives after Chief Cumming retires from the department. A handful of 30 year veterens retire. Chief Vermeer remains for a short period of time and then moves on to another department. Again, other than the retirees, few if any officers leave.

Enters Chief Boyd. Hired as an officer around 1990 and promoted to Chief rouphly 10 years later. He remains as Chief for about 3 years during which time quite a large number of officers leave for other departments, resign, and a very small percentage retire. When asked during the peak of these departures, Chief Boyd responds that this is the industry standard, it's normal, and things couldn't be better. Chief Boyd ultimately leaves for another department, meanwhile the department goes from a department with an average of 10 - 15 years experince, to an average of 1-2 years experience.

Now enters Chief Goitia, born and bred. I have to applaud him. He readily recognizes that the MPPD has a recruitment and retention problem. He is trying to address the problem recognizing that his department is no longer compensated in the fashion that it historically has been in the past. I applaud his courage to stand up and publicly state there is a recruitment and retention problem, when the previous Chief would only state that there is no problem and this was the industry standard.

Chief Goitia has only been a Chief for a relatively short period of time. Having been with the department for quite a few years he has seen what it once was and what it could become again. I would suggest that we as citizens give him some time to move the department forward and right the wrongs.


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Posted by concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Oct 1, 2007 at 1:00 am

When Chief Boyd was in place, were there any lawsuits against the police department where a K=9 officer lost a lawsuit, and then the officer quietly (at the Chief's direction) was given a postion as a police officer in the Code Enforcement section? Is that officer still in Code Enforcement today?, and does he still have his dog? That was with Chief Boyd, if so, why does the current Administration still alow this? Is this typical of what all these MPPD employees are experiencing? What happened to the officer that was outsted?, was he promised something (like being promoted)in return? It sounds like this is common practice, and that the personnel that gain from such a practice (such as being promoted) are the ones that currently defend the department.


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Posted by Bravo
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Oct 1, 2007 at 8:48 am

Bravo Harry! Well said, and good lesson on PD history. You sound like someone who knows a lot about this. Maybe now that everyone has vented, they can get to work on fixing what needs to be fixed. No workplace is perfect, and perhaps it is time for everyone-both sides-to quit blaming each other, and come together like adults and work out their problems. The past is gone, and there is nothing anyone can do about past transgressions, however grievous. The only thing that anyone can do anything about is the future. It may be a long, painful road, but it is one that needs travelling. I agree that admitting that there are problems is a good first step. At least you are all through the denial stage. Get to work and figure this out. Good luck.


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Posted by clark
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 1, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Smarty hit the nail on the head! In fact, Atherton certainly does not need a PD either. Just let the S/O take over. It would save the city and twon MILLIONS.


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Posted by Been Gone Awhile
a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2007 at 1:02 am

Police work is a tough trade. Police Officers simply do not get to deal with people at their best, rather when times are toughest. This environment makes cops suspicious, insecure and combined with excessive work hours, exhausted

I thank Harry for the history lesson and remind readers/writers that ALL organizations including the 49rs and the military go through peaks and valleys. If you are the new captain of a ship, you want a piece-of-crap rust bucket with a staggering crew rather than a spanking new corvette. Why? It provides a stronger opportunity to leave it better than you got it, which is a pride with which one can live forever.

It is NOT all about money, and I believe the City of MP does not have botttomless pockets anyway, especialy after some of the tax base desertions (auto row on ECR for example). However, you do get what you pay for such as educated, mature, and/or experienced recruits and/or established professionals.

The State of CA is short tens of thousands of peace officers, so all departments/agencies are competing for a limited candidate pool unless standards are lowered. Lowering standards means increased risk and presumably increased liability. Same goes for special programs such as K-9, motors, etc.- good to have, look good to the tax payers until they screw up and bite/crash into the wrong person/thing.

Give the Chief sufficient time to get his head around the issues, analyze his options, begin repairs (as required, NOT desired) and report progress on a measurable scale. For the uniformed rank and file- work to give your boss (Sgt., Commander) options, vice ultimatums. It's easy to snipe him/her, but MUCH more helpful to take heat/weight off his/her shoulders by hunkering down and doing your job professionally with minimal drama and trauma. Finally, if the exodus continues and the S.O. has to assume the services requirements for MP, you citizens/denizens of MP may NOT like what you get...COMPLETELY different work ethic. My deepest respects and regards to the peace officers and staff in MP and all those who serve and protect us.


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Posted by Greg
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:57 pm

Menlo Park PD has a problem no doubt. This is a problem that has been brewing from many years with many chiefs. It is not until recently that people have become so fed up with the organization that they are becoming vocal and the flood gates are opening. To blame the Chief and his current staff is a bit unfair. The majority of the Chief's administrative and supervisory staff are a bi-product of incestuous promotions and training process of the department. To these people this is the norm as they were mentored into this inept philosophy of management from the day they were hired.

The concerns that immediately need to be addressed are:

1. Staffing. The department has less cops on the streets then they did in the 70's. The volume of calls for service is not not the same and the level of violent crimes has risen dramatically. Manning levels have not kept pace. The department has attempted to skimp on manning by using reserve officers to fill in as replacements.

2. Hours worked. They should not be made to work more than 16 hours and must have at least 8 hours off before returning to work. That means 8 hours of uninterrupted time off from the job, court or training. The State of California will not allow commercial truckers to drive that many hours in a day with out a break. So why should the cops who cite the truckers for driving to long be allowed violate the spirit of these laws. Has risk management forgot about "Safety First".

3. Recruiting. There are many police academy's in the State of California who have people that are not affiliated with an agency. There is a cost savings there alone.

Establish a hiring list to fill vacancies for at least a year out.

4. Don't over stretch the agency. Don't start all sort of special units if you cannot fill the positions without stripping staff from patrol. This includes contracting to service other communities, who gets shorted Menlo Park or the City they are contracting? Someone is not being served adequately!

5. Remember you as the citizen will be writing the check when a tired cop that is working at unsafe staffing levels gets into a shooting or car accident because of poor decision making as a result of being exhausted.


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Posted by Roxie
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Oct 4, 2007 at 3:10 pm

One thing that jumped out at me is that the salaries we pay line police officers is lower than what Redwood City pays. This seems an obvious obstacle to hiring and retaining officers.

On Tuesday night when the council approved buying the Park Theater for $2.2 million, Mayor Fergusson responded to my comment regarding the current lack of traffic patrols and the dangers this is causing with assurances that the City has enough money to solve this and other important issues facing the city. Money right now is not an issue, this is why we could afford the $2.2 million Theater, at least that is how I understood the Mayor. I believe Councilman Robinson made a similar remark about the ability to spend this money on the Park Theater and still have the funds necessary to solve our safety problems.

I think it would be a good idea to immediately approve the funds needed to raise the pay of our current line officers' pay to the levels Redwood City pays and aslo increase the beginning pay levels. It might not solve all the problems, but would be a pretty good start.


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Posted by Been Gone Awhile
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2007 at 9:46 am

Roxie's point is well taken regards available funds so my previous comments regards bottomless pockets seems less accurate if the City can spend millions on this theater renovation project.

This forum has gone a LONG way towards providing both current and former officers, residnts and other interested parties the opportunity to vent frustrations and angers. Dumping all over Sgt Prickett may be a convenient target, but he'll never change so I say get him out of the spotlight. I am also concerned that the outside look that the city paid for to look into the allegations against him made a recommendation to bring him back onto duty (as a Sgt) and that is not what the three individuals who are now sueing the city agreed with/approved of, so now their suing? Hmmmm...smells like sour grapes to me.


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Posted by G.Raggio
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 6, 2007 at 7:39 am

I was with the Menlo Park Police Department for over thirteen years. I wrote for the Almanac for ten years and offered candid opinions about my job, my city, its officers, and its citizens. The culture in which I evolved from rookie to veteran was one that policed its own attitude and the performance of its duties. There will always be those who never should have been supervisors or chiefs—they make up a small portion of the force. Yes, they are the decision makers, and in time they either will or will not determine a better path for the departments they serve.

It's best that we begin to celebrate the brave individuals who insist on doing their job despite the controversy and clear lack of monetary competition with neighboring departments.

The milk has been spilt. Have we learned that when committed officers begin to leave, we must listen, investigate the reasons, and pay attention to why?
Burying heads and ignoring clear circumstances brought all this about supervised neglect. Now what? Now we have a police department made up of young, "new" veterans- I sure there are many fresh thinkers in the mix, ones that will create a beginning from the ashes of this past half decade.

Bruce Goitia, the current Chief of the Menlo Park Police Department, has been a Menlo Park Police Officer Association President and was the creator of "Club Menlo" (which was an in-house rebellion to becoming like our neighboring departments- we wanted to maintain traditions and our culture)He has life experience, He's held other jobs, he's been an in-house trainer and instructor and a father. Goitia has inherited a problem he didn't create; he has adopted 25 new officers and is charged with turning them into a dedicated, credible and lasting force. There is no reason to believe he cannot, will not, turn this situation around to benefit everyone.

The Department is in "repair" –

The first order of business should be competitive wages, while most cops left for other reasons, these fresh employees deserve to be compensated fairly for their efforts. You know that saying "you get what you pay for" is quite true yoi know, higher pay comes with higher expectations, it means affording gas money to drive from God knows where to this city, to afford rent in this city, to compensate one's family for the extra loss of time with them because of the commute or long hours. These officers are a fine mix of individuals who in time will make a great new tradition and culture given a fair opportunity.

I'm a citizen of Menlo Park. I don't know most of the new cops who are answering the calls today, and it has only been two years since I left, but I would bet those responding officers want your respect and not your pity, your support and not your criticism. The ones I've met are pretty proud of that patch they wear. They are "ours".

G.Raggio


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Posted by Sid Smith, MPPD 1969-1974
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2007 at 7:52 am

Menlo Park P.D. is not at all unique in its problems, especially in the area of recruitment and retention. If one counts the State Department of Corrections and the various commitments made by our political leadership, there are as many as 15,000 vacancies statewide in the sworn ranks of California law enforcement today, largely brought on by the changes in the Public Employee Retirement System, and not only by other suspicious activities or the high cost of housing.

Having twice served as chief of police (elsewhere), I can assure the residents of Menlo Park (and other communities) that the recruitment and retention problem is likely to get worse before it gets better. That is not to say that the current police administration and/or city management should not take a long, hard look at the full range of issues facing the police department.

None of these issues are simple or without long historical roots that may (and probably did) contribute to the current situation. A logical first step would be stop all the fingerpointing and start with a competent and thorough review of realistic options which actually address the identified problems.

Every organization, public and private, has issues with management and personnel. (How many times over more than thirty years of public service have I heard the statement - "Morale is at an all-time low!") The question to be addressed is what one chooses to do about it/them - just write letters/posts to the editor, or, after having written, invest the time, interest, and effort to improve the situation. Residents, business owners, and City employees of Menlo Park, this is your city and your police department - what are you going to do about it?


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Posted by G.Raggio
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 7, 2007 at 4:31 pm

Sorry... just realized I sent the draft instead of the final, gettin' old, so what's new..


I was with the Menlo Park Police Department for over thirteen years. I wrote for the Almanac for ten years and offered candid opinions about my job, my city, its officers, and its citizens. The culture in which I evolved from rookie to veteran was one that policed its own attitude and the performance of its duties. There will always be those who never should have been supervisors or chiefs—they make up a small portion of the force. Yes, they are the decision makers, and in time they either will or will not determine a better path for the departments they serve.

It's best that we begin to celebrate the brave individuals who insist on doing their job despite the controversy and clear lack of monetary competition with neighboring departments.

The milk has been spilt. Have we learned that when committed officers begin to leave, we must listen, investigate the reasons, and pay attention to why?
Burying heads and ignoring clear circumstances brought all this aboutsupervised neglect. Now what? Now we have a police department made up of young, "new" veterans- I sure there are many fresh thinkers in the mix, ones that will create a beginning from the ashes of this past half decade.

Bruce Goitia, the current Chief of the Menlo Park Police Department, has been a Menlo Park Police Officer Association President and was the creator of "Club Menlo" (which was an in-house rebellion to becoming like our neighboring departments- we wanted to maintain traditions and our culture)He has life experience, He's held other jobs, he's been an in-house trainer and instructor and a father. Goitia has inherited a problem he didn't create; he has adopted 25 new officers and is charged with turning them into a dedicated, credible and lasting force. There is no reason to believe he cannot, will not, turn this situation around to benefit everyone.

The Department is in "repair" –

The first order of business should be competitive wages, while most cops left for other reasons, these fresh employees deserve to be compensated fairly for their efforts. You know that saying "you get what you pay for" is quite true yoi know, higher pay comes with higher expectations, it means affording gas money to drive from God knows where to this city, to afford rent in this city, to compensate one's family for the extra loss of time with them because of the commute or long hours. These officers are a fine mix of individuals who in time will make a great new tradition and culture given a fair opportunity.

I'm a citizen of Menlo Park. I don't know most of the new cops who are answering the calls today, and it has only been two years since I left, but I would bet those responding officers want your respect and not your pity, your support and not your criticism. The ones I've met are pretty proud of that patch they wear. They are "ours".

G.Raggio


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Posted by Watching
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Oct 16, 2007 at 2:11 pm

I have seen and am constantly hearing of over aggressive officers on the force.

Believe me they are doing nothing for community relations especially in the Belle Haven neighborhood. If there are a few bad apples lets get rid of them before it gets really out of control. Or is the word on the streets true "there is not enough ticketing out there"! If this is what is causing the feeling of a hostile environment that seems to be simmering in the community against what use to be one of the counties finest police forces.

Chief this situation needs a look see. I mean State Attorney General seeing that the Chief may be part of the problem.


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Posted by WOW!!!!!
a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2007 at 10:21 am

Thanks for allowign Chief Boyd and Commander Bottger to leave and become someone elses problem.


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Posted by The Last Word?
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 8, 2007 at 2:33 pm

Make that thirty-ONE! Felicia Byars, the interviewee in this report, has also announced that she will be leaving the department shortly. Are we still surprised, or even in denial that there is a problem here?!


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