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Politics, Intimidation and Your Police Department

Original post made by Tim Wulff, another community, on Dec 1, 2010

Hello, my name is Tim Wulff. I worked in the Town of Atherton Building Department from 2004 to 2008 as a plan reviewer. I assisted Mr. Johns as a technical expert in his examination of the building department. I am known to a few people, but at my own repeated and adamant request, my name has not been widely publicly mentioned due to my fearfulness of retribution against me.

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Posted by peter carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm

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Tim - Thank you. It takes a lot of courage to make the statements that you have made.

We, the citizens, need to find a way to pull back the curtains on what is happening in our Town. I do not know what the truth is but we will never find it unless we tear away the curtain of secrecy that exists.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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Tim, I am proud of you, I know you have thought about this for a VERY long time. What you are saying is Important, and you have said it well.

Thank You

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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Thank you Tim for making this statement. I'm sure it took a great deal of courage to do so.

It occurs to me that part of what has brought this on is a structural defect in how the Atherton Police Department is organized and the duties they perform. The Atherton PD is really just a glorified private security force. I think you would be hard pressed to find officers watering people plants, having alarms ringing directly at police headquarters and a whole host of other services which the APD provides in any other city or town in the bay area. I think the PD providing these services has blurred the line between what a police force is for and what a private security force is for. In blurring that line it has allowed for officers potentially crossing the line with little or no consequence and in some cases they may even be rewarded by those in political power. This goes to the heart of the problem which I suspect is the culture of the APD. The culture has been changed from what you would find in a typical police department to what they have now. I think this culture was changed by the structural defect in the mission and duties of the APD. In my opinion, if the problem with the APD is to be adequately addressed the citizens of Atherton need to understand what services a police department provide and hire out the other services they want to a private security force. Until that happens I suspect things are not likely to change any time soon.

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Posted by Tim Wulff
a resident of another community
on Dec 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

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Menlo Voter:

Thank you it is gratifying to see that someone can follow along and begin a thought process about the relevant aspects of the situation. I don't necessarily have the right answers, but someone out there does.

Unfortunately, this issue is far from being contained to the APD, and that is not my view, nor what I stated and when I speak, I try very hard to make sure it is not idle and has substance and careful thought behind it.

Let me share a story.

Recently, Michael Stogner told me of an incident in San Carlos where a young man who is helping him with his projects was simply parked in his car on the street outside his residence listening to music in the afternoon. A Sheriff's deputy came up to his window and accosted him, requiring to see his ID and explain what he was doing there.

Then the officer made the comment: "You're helping Michael Stogner, aren't you?"

Now I ask you. Why does a Sheriff's Deputy have name recognition of such an individual? I make no statements of accusation or assertions of fact I cannot prove. I just ask you all to think about this because it reveals in a single incident what is going on with the County government.

This issue is a structural one involving the legally ordained relationships between law enforcement, District Attorney's Offices, and sitting governments and it is really frightening.

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