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Motorcycle Police Officers

Original post made by Looking for the value, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Aug 12, 2012

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.

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Posted by Andy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
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.

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Posted by speeders
a resident of Downtown North
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.

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Posted by Everyone Knows...
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm


This thread is not about speeders which you are correct should be controlled especially around schools.

The motorcycle police are not hiding on the streets you listed.

There was another burglary on Walter Hayes -smashed window- last night and police on patrol for criminals and not residents could deter these.

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Posted by Road User
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Due to budget cutbacks there is only one Officer who uses a motor cycle sometimes. Patrol Officers use patrol cars.

Speeders: the roads you quote are subject to the 85th percentile. You must be exceeding the 85th percent of the average speed on that particular street to be considered exceeding the speed limit.

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Posted by inside
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

One traffic officer left? Did the council make this known to us and I missed it? Kind of makes the whole post irrelevant, but an interesting fact to know. No more 35 on Alma!

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Why do PAPD cops use these forums to justify themselves?

Really, one traffic officer left? Sometimes? False statement...

What if the PAPD had to exceed 85% of effectiveness to stop pay cuts. Crime goes up and their pay goes down.

The city needs to be clear that there is no need to increase payroll until PAPD focuses on crime not quotas.

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