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Virginia Smedberg in Old Palo Alto August 5, 2017, 1:33 AM

1. What issues facing Palo Alto should the new chief be aware of?
Proximity to East Palo Alto and thus HELPING that city help its citizens.
Traffic speed vs speed limits on Middlefield Rd - right now the speed limits are generally completely ignored which makes scofflaws out of a lot of people. I do understand some of the issues (discussed it w/ someone in the dept), esp that you can't enforce w/ radar because the average actual speed is too much higher than the speed limit - which says to me the limit should be increased to something the residents can tolerate and then enforcement done which will actually SLOW the average speed and thus help the residents.


2. What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important to look for in Palo Alto’s next Chief?
Ability to lead his/her officers both by example and by training so that s/he and they all follow the following points:
Recognition of human rights, of the value of each and every citizen no matter how they look or talk. Recognition of innocent until proven guilty. Recognition that ultimately every human can be brought back to an awareness of social values, and so only those who are really dangerous to the public should be kept out of the public (i.e. behind "bars"), all others should be "sentenced" to community services. Recognition that there are programs to help people get off drugs without putting them on other drugs. (Check out Criminon.org for a very successful program for those who have offended against agreed-on social values.)


3. What are the top three things you would like the new Chief to focus on during the early stages of his/her tenure?
Ensuring that all his/her officers are effectively trained both in accurate weapon use (so as to avoid killing) and in evalutating people's reactions to being stopped by an officer., Ensuring that the police officers become well known to the community - I don't know any of them; I don't break laws so have not had reason to come in negative contact; but I think it would be great if we knew them and felt we and they belonged to the same community.

Name not shown in Crescent Park August 3, 2017, 8:23 AM

1. What issues facing Palo Alto should the new chief be aware of?
Traffic and its ramifications
Increase in diversity of residents
Town and gown relationships



2. What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important to look for in Palo Alto’s next Chief?
Listening, communicating, visibility, openness to new ideas, technologies, trends in policing



3. What are the top three things you would like the new Chief to focus on during the early stages of his/her tenure?
Getting to know the community and being a visible participant in its activities, Getting to know his/her staff and setting the tone of the Department, Appropriate involvement in process/planning on new headquarters

Name not shown in Duveneck/ St Francis August 2, 2017, 4:42 PM

1. What issues facing Palo Alto should the new chief be aware of?
Homelessness; lack of parking; widespread disobedience to traffic rules; high cost for police and their families; diverse community (this is both positive and negative); it's a magnet for people from other communities, some of whom don't have the best of intentions; high economic disparity between ordinary long time residents and more recent very rich.


2. What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important to look for in Palo Alto’s next Chief?
Needs to be able to handle diversity in many forms, including economic, racial, age, education and ethnic background. Should inspire both citizens and police officers.


3. What are the top three things you would like the new Chief to focus on during the early stages of his/her tenure?
Getting acquaited with diverse parts of the population, Capitalize on the good will of the citizend and the police force, Positive focus on respect for the law

Kathleen Goldfein in Palo Verde August 2, 2017, 3:01 PM

1. What issues facing Palo Alto should the new chief be aware of?
The new chief should follow the priorities of Dennis Ross, who is one of our best police chiefs in my 28 years in Palo Alto, if not the best. The new chief should also be very sensitive to sexual crimes as we seem to have way too many. Again, I think Dennis Ross did a great job.


2. What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important to look for in Palo Alto’s next Chief?
Community engagement - the more the average citizen has positive interactions with the police, the more they will go to the police if they are in trouble. Chief Ross did a great job working with the community. The PA Police presence on Next Door was brilliant. The new chief needs to have the confidence of the police force as well as the community and the city manager and the city council. I would hope you can promote from within and can find someone trained by Chief Ross. If he thinks any of his officers is ready to be chief, I would take his advice.


3. What are the top three things you would like the new Chief to focus on during the early stages of his/her tenure?
Community Engagement, Crime, especially burglary and car theft, Recruitment and training of police officers

Name not shown in College Terrace August 2, 2017, 1:27 PM

1. What issues facing Palo Alto should the new chief be aware of?
Should not enforce immigration policy of Trump regime!


2. What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important to look for in Palo Alto’s next Chief?
tolerance of minorities, promote nonviolent measures


3. What are the top three things you would like the new Chief to focus on during the early stages of his/her tenure?
fight drug usage, enforce rules for firearm possession

Name not shown in Green Acres August 2, 2017, 12:57 PM

1. What issues facing Palo Alto should the new chief be aware of?
Homelessness is increasing.
Home break-ins and burglaries, package thefts are increasing.
Car break-ins seem to be increasing as more people park on the street.
There is more and more trash and debris in the streets. This leads to pedestrian, bike, and vehicle issues. Needs to be kept cleaner in conjunction with public works dept.



2. What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important to look for in Palo Alto’s next Chief?
It's a very politically correct community, so they need to be sensitive to diversity.
Needs to work well together with other depts. in the city government.


3. What are the top three things you would like the new Chief to focus on during the early stages of his/her tenure?
Car break-ins, Home break-ins, Home package theft

Name not shown in Midtown/ Midtown West August 2, 2017, 12:13 PM

1. What issues facing Palo Alto should the new chief be aware of?
Need to discourage vehicle dwellers from lining streets, both residential and commercial.
Enforcement of all ordinances and laws in a rigorous and timely fashion should be a priority
Identify car break-in hotspots and patrol those areas frequently
Cracking down on marijuana delivery services based in Palo Alto, esp. in neighborhoods, and deliveries to minors!
Educating officers re: identifying human trafficking victims, properly addressing rape and relationship abuse reports
Cyber crime (such as fraud, identity theft, etc)



2. What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important to look for in Palo Alto’s next Chief?
Someone committed to holding the officers and dept. to the highest standards of behavior while providing training for officers in using the lowest level of force when dealing with tense situations. Someone who is sensitive to racial bias and interested in reducing the influence of bias in the enforcement of laws. Someone who takes abuse and violence against women seriously. The Chief must consider even the smallest crimes as worthy of reducing, as most of the crime in Palo Alto does not qualify as life threatening or felony activity. The chief should value input from all stakeholders; officers, community members, and organizations serving the needs homeless, mentally ill, and victims of abuse.



3. What are the top three things you would like the new Chief to focus on during the early stages of his/her tenure?
Speeding vehicles and traffic violations (esp. DUI) that endanger others. Add red-light violation cameras at key locations., Use of body and patrol car cameras to assess the practices used by officers and improve trainingEnforcement of existing laws and ordinances, Getting homeless people off the streets and out of vehicles into more humane living/care situations.

linda lenoir outside Palo Alto August 2, 2017, 11:11 AM

1. What issues facing Palo Alto should the new chief be aware of?
I feel the new Chief has to know about and understand what our youth and community at large have experienced over the last 8 or 9 years. Our community has experienced the trauma and effects of suicide. She/he has to understand that our youth want to be heard and involved with a community that cares about them. He/she needs to know they are in a community that comes together around important issues. She/he needs to be aware this is a community that wants to be involved in different issues at all levels. He/she has to know this is a community of increasing diversity racially and economically.


2. What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important to look for in Palo Alto’s next Chief?
A good listener, with adults/youth, is inclusive, compassionate, thoughtful, cares about social/racial justice, is a good manager and knows when to delegate, has a positive outlook, respects his staff, has power to make life better for others.


3. What are the top three things you would like the new Chief to focus on during the early stages of his/her tenure?
Meeting the community: have focus groups for youth, seniors, business and the community at large, After focus groups work with other City staff and volunteers from the focus groups to come up with an action plan! , Implement the action plan, evaluate and change direction if needed!

Sam Jackson in Evergreen Park August 2, 2017, 11:09 AM

1. What issues facing Palo Alto should the new chief be aware of?
There is a great need to make the city safe and welcoming for cyclists and pedestrians given the number of cars that are not attentive to bikes and pedestrians. This should include forcing more pro-pedestrian initiatives and doing more that will help reduce the consequences of a small city refusing to grapple with the immorality at the center of its refusal to promote more development and more inclusive development.


2. What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important to look for in Palo Alto’s next Chief?
Someone who cares about justice, equality, civil rights, and who is a steadfast advocate for community-building.


3. What are the top three things you would like the new Chief to focus on during the early stages of his/her tenure?
Traffic safety, Bike and pedestrian safety, Consequences of the housing crisis

Name not shown in Charleston Terrace August 2, 2017, 11:07 AM

1. What issues facing Palo Alto should the new chief be aware of?
Housing shortages
Aging population mixed with young high tech employees
Traffic congestion
Seemingly little cooperation with Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Los Altos, our neighboring cities



2. What leadership qualities and characteristics are most important to look for in Palo Alto’s next Chief?
Community engagement



3. What are the top three things you would like the new Chief to focus on during the early stages of his/her tenure?
Establish "beat cop" type neighborhood meetings on a regular basis, Explore housing assistance for their employees. Police should be able to live in the city.