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1999 op-ed piece about Atherton P.D.

Original post made by Things don\\\'t seem to change, Atherton: other, on Jan 8, 2012

GUEST OPINION: Reserve officer defends work of Atherton Police Department

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

Sure Sherman, sure. Atherton doesn't have a low crime rate because of it's police department. It has a low crime rate because of who lives there. You don't have a "bad side of town" where dirtbags live. As to the sensational crimes that have sometimes occurred in Atherton - you're right, sometimes they do. And who handles those investigations? Oh, that's right, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department.

Atherton is a highly trained private security force. Nothing more. It has at least one corrupt officer and up until recently, a series of incompetent Chiefs. Atherton residents should be seriously considering who they make their new chief or look at out-sourcing. With a competent chief they might stand a chance of not having to pay out more money in lawsuits. If they out source, they can get officers with far more training and competence than they have now at a lower price. Of course, if a resident gets caught driving drunk the deputy isn't going to drive them home like an Atherton officer would.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

" if a resident gets caught driving drunk the deputy isn't going to drive them home like an Atherton officer would."

Not anymore, Chief Flint has stopped that practice. Drinking drivers beware.

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Posted by lawsuit waiting to happen
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Jan 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Sherman Hall says:

"We often stop vehicles in less reputable neighborhoods for violations committed in our jurisdiction."

This begs the question:

Since when was it Sherman Hall's job or the job of any other officer to detrmine whether a violation has been committed?

It is not, nor ever has been. In our system, the DA decides whether there is reason to charge an offendor and a judge or jury determine the defendant's fate.

Sergeant Hall should study his junior college criminology text. It isn't the Officer's job to render a judgement as to whether a crime has occurred, especially when, more often than not little is known about the event calling for a vehicle stop.

The officer's job is to deter crime and to respond to instances of apparent criminal conduct.

Some may consider the above quote to have been taken out of context or to constitute reading into what is arguably a harmless omission on Hall's part.

However Mr. Hall's letter appears to have been a carefully writen letter. The length of the letter and the forum that was used would seem to give us clear indication of this man's thinking.

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Posted by Truth
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Sherman Hall has been at the center of most of the APD controversies, either as a principal player (in the Johns case) or defending the misdeeds of his fellow officers.

No matter what nonsense is in Hall's article, it is a PRIVILEGE for a cop to work in Atherton. An Atherton cop gets a higher salary than 70% of the rest of the peninsula, but isn't in the hazardous situation traditionally used to justify a robust police salary.

(Yes, I know in theory an Atherton cop could get hurt or killed on duty, but it's never happened, and is not plausible. In theory, you or I can get hit by a piano dropping from a 20th story building as we walk by also).

The hubris put forth by Hall is staggering.

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Posted by Glad I'm Not You
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

It must be a slow news day when someone digs up a 13 year old article for the purpose of providing new fodder for all the Atherton PD haters out there. REALLY? Find something constructive and positive to do with your time. I'm glad I'm not part of this miserable, vocal minority that must constantly rage against someone or some institution.

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