Motorcycle Police Officers Around Town, posted by Looking for the value, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2012 at 11:10 am
Does the city now have a stated plan to increase the number of tickets from these guys?
I understand an increased presence might deter burglaries, but that doesn't seem to be their focus and they are not in locations to spot the fake solicitors who are sizing up our homes.
I know someone is going to say that residents need to stop endangering others and they will not get tickets, but frankly those I see getting pulled over don't look reckless or dangerous.
If there is a problem that needs to be addressed than the police should declare it is a problem and say this is the action that is being taken to address it. Ticketing residents- including an old man on a bike - by hiding and looking for minor infractions will not change behaviors.
Posted by Andy, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2012 at 11:48 am
The goal is revenue and then justification. From a statistic standpoint it will show up as an increase in traffic tickets which someone will use to suggest the need for an increase in PAPD budget to address a "growing" problem.
Perhaps the city should publish frequency and locations of tickets. This will show patterns of police activity and promote awareness and maybe in safety in the community.
We already list burglaries which increases awareness.
Posted by speeders, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2012 at 11:56 am
Everyone knows where the speeders are: Middlefield, Embarcadero, Arastradero, Alma, El Camino. We really need to beef up traffic enforcement on these streets, especially now that the school year is starting again. There are schools located along most of these streets, with lots of kids in the crosswalks.