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Time for Menlo Park to outsource police services

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Jul 6, 2012

With the Police Chief's departure It is time to stop the bleeding - Menlo Park should outsource its police services to the Sheriff. This will substantially reduce the total cost, remove any future unfunded pension liability and, increase leadership stability. With the much large force the Sheriff's department can more easily promote leaders from within ensuring community knowledge and avoiding relocation costs.

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Posted by please
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 7, 2012 at 2:41 am

Peter, please focus your destructive energy on your own town. Yes, our police chief is leaving, but Menlo Park is a desirable place to be. We should have no problem find several highly qualified individuals that want this position.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 7, 2012 at 7:33 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Please explain what is 'destructive' about saving millions and improving the quality of police services.


Arguments against outsourcing? Fear of change.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Go Outsourcing!


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Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

By Please, a person who is afraid to identify him/her self says.

"Peter, please focus your destructive energy on your own town. " This is one of the funniest statements I have seen, No city in San Mateo County should be afraid of outsourcing.

As a resident of San Carlos who opposes the leadership of the Sheriff's Department I can say the experience of having the Sheriff Office take over the San Carlos Police Department has been a POSITIVE one.


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Posted by GOLLY
a resident of another community
on Jul 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Crime is on the rise and will continue as long as there is unemployment and the schemes which are emerging to defraud others is incresing as people go into foreclosure.
I doubt that any outsourcing is going to be of any help when matters get out of hand.
We will then see a lot more ZIMMERMAN'S and innocent victims as ill prepared or trained police departments begin to try and solve projected rise in crime, murder,and impending chaos.
I believe that more vigilante types are going to want instant action instead of all this useless rhetoric and PLAYING BY THE LAW...It works so well in Washington..PAHLEEEEZE.
Paradise is LOST and only those with bunkers and bullet proof SUV's are going to feel safe.
Whenever I see an elderly lady stopped for an traffic infraction, and FOUR squad cars are at the scene, it is time to know where money is going and why protection is dimwitted.I actually have witnessed the above example more than a few times.
These are different times in our history, and they cannot be blamed on anything or anyone except the phenomena of a crumbling society due to more than a lame Congress or a bunch of WWI or II experts who seem to drown you with facts and what they call "reasoning"...
Vigilantes will probably become our alternatives no matter how much bickering goes on between the divided Peninsulans.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Golly:

please post under your usual nom de plum - R Gordon. Your non sequitors make it so clear it is you.


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Posted by another idea
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

How about Atherton outsourcing their police department to Menlo Park? That would of course save the city of Atherton money. And Menlo PD is much more familiar with their area than the other law enforcement agencies.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Menlo Park and Atherton combined still do not represent an economically efficient police department.


And since the Sheriff generally hires the best officers from any entity that it contracts for local knowledge is assured.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Another idea:

why would Menlo Park want the glorified private security force that is the Atherton PD patrolling its town? I think you have it backward. If anything Menlo officers could easily take over patrol duties in Atherton. Then the town could hire a private security force to take in their mail, water their lawns, provide lock out service, etc. All jobs that PROFESSIONAL police departments decidedly DO NOT provide. Nor should they.


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