Posted by aaron, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Oct 1, 2007 at 1:29 pm
wow...where are the police? they are surrounding the mall, like flies on garbage, why weren't they near the facility, and so slow to responding. In fact I've never heard of a robbery attempt in Pleasanton. Why are they always successful? what does that say for our inforcement? why are police using seatbelt tickets, as gateway tickets? how many actually are doing something wrong? This is another example of how the priorities of the department is not right. Focus on traffic instead of criminal actions....... worthless tickets, or imobalizing tickets, which doesn't really help anyone except the budget. I'm sorry to wamu, that is my bank. I'm just glad I wasn't there that day.
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Oct 4, 2007 at 1:52 am
WAMU is also my bank.
I don't understand how someone can be so upset with the police for the crime being committed. I am personally more upset with the criminals for committing the crime. People are sure quick to blame police officers after just reading a brief article. How do you know how quick the officers responded anyways? I also find it ironic that you say "in fact I've never heard of a robbery attempt in Pleasanton." That statement right there attests to the excellent preventive enforcement the Pleasanton officers are doing.
Pleasanton officers do such a great job in maintaining our quality of life, that they actually have time to enforce traffic. So you know, traffic enforcement, including seat belt enforcement saves lives. According to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crashes are the leading cause of death in people of all ages from 2 to 33 years in the US. And yes traffic violations are not the crimes of the century, but it does involve breaking the law, and thankfully Pleasanton officers are there to catch the violators, save lives, and ensure compliance.
Back to the bank robbery - it is not as if the police are letting criminals commit crimes. These officers are dedicated individuals who work long hours, and do not get paid close to the amount they deserve.
While the rest of us are running away from life threatening situations like these, we thankfully have police officers who are willing to literally sprint towards the danger at all hours of the day or night. You have no idea what being a police officer involves.
Why don't you try attending a police officer memorial service to try and get a glimpse at what their selfless job involves. How soon we forget the likes of Amador Valley HS graduate and Alameda County Deputy Sheriff John Monego who was brutally gunned down in Dublin in 1998 (Web Link).
Every day I am so thankful there are people like Monego who risk everything for me and yes, even you.
Posted by aaron, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Oct 22, 2007 at 3:29 pm
Well sir, in response to the last comment. i have heard of quite a few roberies in pleasanton. you are actually from the same neighborhood as me, bob. of course you know of you be's pizza. a year and a half ago, a young girl working behind the counter, got robbed at gunpoint. that intersection has camera's, and police are normally all over the west laspositas/ hopyard area. especially at the dmv. in addition, how many times has the mall had stores robbed. the liquor store next to the mall. it happends at least every 6 months, i'll hear of something like this. this shows that it does not a "attests to the excellent preventive enforcement the Pleasanton officers are doing." (bob, highland oaks). so it's not exceptional service at all. the community make the town what it is, not the police. if you think otherwise, i'm sorry we definately disagree.
i do agree with you that they definately enforce traffic. afterall it produces revenue, and meets quota's. allow's budgets to grow. and seatbelt tickets are afterall "gateway tickets" often times leading to other infractions upon closure inspection. good job......
as for the unfortunate incident at outback in 98', that is terrible, and i am in no way degrading him or others like him. he was a very honorable man, and passed through this life a hero, attempting to save the patrons at the restraunt.......
salaries of ppd is quite high, they have a pretty cush job. I was a tech at SRJ for a few years. the deputies there work alot of overtime, to try to match the salary of ppd. very high paid indeed. dublin, livermore, hayward, castro valley, oakland, none are paid as highly as ppd.