Editorial: Menlo Park cops need help
Original post made on Oct 11, 2007
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on Oct 11, 2007 at 11:23 am
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.
on Oct 11, 2007 at 1:21 pm
I have to wonder how much training these new guys are getting if the department is so desperate for more officers. Also, WHO is doing the training -- people with very little experience of their own? Scary.
on Oct 11, 2007 at 9:33 pm
The city should start by increasing officer's pay to match what Redwood City pays. This would give us a bigger pool of officers applying and help us keep the good ones we have. The city can afford to do this, the city has plenty of money as the Mayor made clear during the debate about the Park Theater. If we have $2.2 million for that, then we have equal funds available for the police.
The city could also put more money into police training if that is a problem.
Once the police department is not so critically understaffed, it will be easier to identify other problems and act on them.
I say spend what it takes to get this police force working the way it should--the safety of citizens is a primary function of city government.