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New police dog, 'Eddie,' presented to public

Original post made on Jul 23, 2013

With the press of a button, the door to the police car popped open, revealing the newest member of the Palo Alto Police Department. To a round of applause, Eddie the police dog bounded out of his car in front of the waiting crowd.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 9:27 AM

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Posted by Personal choice
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

Ball's contribution to the police department is wonderful and clearly made an impact. Her generosity is much appreciated!

However, her statement about officer's salaries is not accurate.
"These police officers come in from other cities because they can't afford to live in Palo Alto off of their salaries..."

The City of Palo Alto pays police between $75k and $200k per year plus benefits. The officers can live here on that salary. They choose not to.

Those of us who live here with family income of $150k live here in rental units or modest homes. These homes are smaller, older and more expensive than what is available in other communities. We choose to live in Palo Alto where we can pay more for great schools and city services.

The police officers have the same choice. They choose a larger house in better condition with more land. It's a choice based on personal values, not income level.

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Posted by PA Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

"These police officers come in from other cities because they can't afford to live in Palo Alto off of their salaries..."

This is not necessarily so. Many Police Officers simply prefer to live in other cities away from their work environment. We've had a police officer who lived in Gilroy because he owned farmland there. Another Officer owned horses and lived in the hills. Another officer commuted from Tracy because he liked living there.

Palo Alto may be a great place to work but not necessarily a great place to live.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

If you want to nitpick, both of you are technically correct. But if you would like to have a 3-4 bedroom single family home, on a decently sized lot (i.e., over 8000 sqft), you are not going to be able to buy a home in PA that meets that profile.

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Posted by Cop-o-Phile
a resident of Monroe Park
on Jul 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm

We have a friend who is a PA officer. His wife works full-time at Stanford and they have two small children. However, they CANNOT afford a home in Palo Alto, as much as they would like to.

They live in a two-bedroom condo in Mtn View, which grew too small for them when the second child started walking. Now they are looking to buy in the San Ramon-Danville area, where a few other PA officers live.

Guess what? They can buy a 4 bdrm, 3 1/2 ba home on a quarter acre lot for LESS than what their condo here will sell for. That means a PROFIT! The benefits are that the air is cleaner, the schools rate higher, and there are people to carpool with. There are also more people with kids near the same age as their own.

Although I will miss them, I am genuinely happy for them!

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Posted by Altobelli
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm

my wife and I work full time in PA , these police officers make than both of us, we have a 4 bedroom house in pa. we have 2 children . Other than the mortgage. we are debt free, we never use the credit card, always the debit card. We cook all the time and we love it. We rarely go to restaurant or shop at Bloomingdale. Instead of whole foods, we go to TJ.

You CAN live in pa if you live withing your means.

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Welcome to Eddie! Best of luck to him in his job, and may he and Officer Brad Young stay safe and sound. He sounds like a wonderful addition to the PAPD, as well as Officer Young's family.

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Posted by bill g
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Palo Alto has had police dogs for more than 20 years. There were 4 in 1992, but the number was decreased to 3 about 2000 or so then 2 in 2008 and 1 in the last year due to budget constraints.

A dog can smell and hear someone hiding in bushes or in businesses that the officer cannot locate - a great safety issue.

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Posted by fido
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Costing the Dept $10,000, I hope "Eddie" can drive a police cruiser. Better yet, I hope he can drive "the specially modified" cruiser that cost taxpayers $50.000+. With night differential pay and special tactics differential pay, the officer handling "Eddie" will make 25% above his normal salary and compensation package. Yea for us!

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Posted by Palu Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 24, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Such a sweet story and Palo Altans always have to ruin it with complaints. No, $200,000 (remember, that's before taxes) is NOT enough to buy a house in Palo Alto today. Sure, if the house was purchased two decades ago, a $200,000 salary is fine in Palo Alto. House prices start at $1 million now, and without a huge down payment, a $200,000 salary is not enough.

What? No complaints about the price of the dog? No questions about who pays for the dog's food? No complaints about PAPD? Something is amiss here.

Thank you, Angie. I agree, our PAPD should be appreciated. I have the highest respect for law enforcement.

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