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To help its cops cope, Atherton, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park police departments hire joint wellness coordinator

Original post made on Jul 25, 2023

An anonymous donor is funding a wellness coordinator for officers to be shared between the Atherton, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park police departments.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 25, 2023, 11:49 AM

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Posted by Dave Boyce
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 25, 2023 at 12:20 pm

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If the three police departments can put aside their differences, if any, and cooperate, why can't the K-12 school districts in these communities do likewise?

Posted by Dave Boyce
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 25, 2023 at 12:22 pm

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Whoops. I meant K-8 school districts.

Posted by Thoughtful
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 25, 2023 at 4:30 pm

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At the community meeting on robberies, the Atherton police chief stated he has a "no vehicle pursue" policy for no-violent crimes, i.e., property/robbery crimes.

(As you read the rest of this, keep in mind that the only crimes in Atherton, I believe to a 100% or essentially 100% extent, are property/robbery crimes).

He said the reason for this is he wouldn't want a pedestrian to be injured in the high speed chase.

When asked if he would allow this in the middle of the night, he said no. By the way, Menlo Park allows pursuit based on assessment of the danger to pedestrians at the time.

When asked if he would allow pursuit BY FOOT, by the officers, he said no, that could endanger the officer's life.

They retire at 50 with 90% of their salary for life, with great health care. We just built a $50M town center for them to be in, I guess instead of patrolling. The average salaries are close to $200K, more with overtime.

And now they need a wellness coordinator.

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