Help the Sheriff's station in Alamo
Original post made on Feb 23, 2012
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on Feb 23, 2012 at 7:17 am
Better off to put the citizens on patrol-maybe they'll actually respond to things. The (in)visibility of our law enforcement in Alamo is pathetic. Our deputies act like firemen, sitting at the station until a call comes out. When's the last time you saw a deputy on routine preventative patrol in your neighborhood? How often do you see them on car stops? (car stops, by the way, are where they'll get the vast majority of parolees, warrant suspects, etc that are in town to do crimes)
My wife was witness to a tweaker (meth freak) in the Safeway parking lot last week, screaming obscenities at a 5 year old girl in a car. She dialed 911 and got the CHP dispatcher, who transferred to the Sheriff's dispatcher, who after hemming and hawing agreed to put out a call. In the meantime, another woman RAN OVER TO THE SUBSTATION to report this. By the time a deputy sauntered over, the girl had opened the car, the man had jumped on her in the back seat, and then took off.
If the feces hits the rotating oscillator, people, don't think for a minute that 911 is your lifeline. When seconds count, the Sheriff's department is just minutes away.
on Feb 23, 2012 at 8:03 am
Such issues by commentators as above need to be directed to Lt. Jim Grottkau, substation commander, firstname.lastname@example.org. It is also good to make a note of the Alamo Substation Telephone number, +1.925.646.2441.
Our neighborhoods in the Alamo region regularly see Lt. Grottkau drive through and have enjoyed conversations with this engaged and involved commander.
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:34 am
It's great that the watch commander is out rolling around and talking to the residents. That's what community policing is all about. Unfortunately, I think the majority of deputies assigned to Alamo have the mindset that since it isn't Richmond, they're 'retired on duty'. Also, the next time you talk with the good Lt., ask him how many deputies are on duty, IN Alamo, on any given overnight shift. My understanding is that it's zero.
Not anti-S.O. in any way, shape, or form, Hal-just aware of the way budget issues and manpower deployment decisions have placed us in a situation of which most residents are blissfully ignorant.