Thursday, August 20, 2015

CMPD Bike Cops Are Back!

The Costa Mesa Police Department has re-instituted bicycle patrols in the city in response to a recent uptick in drug sales and criminal activity in the city's parks, according to the press release issued yesterday, HERE.  Take a minute to read that lengthy bit of information.

This is great news for the residents, business owners and visitors to our city.  Crime is on the rise and this VERY visible presence will go a long way to reversing that trend.  Kudos to Chief Rob Sharpnack, Captain Mark Manley and the command staff for this bit of good news... we need it.

I was interested in one statement made in the press release that mentions the bike patrols are quieter and easier to maneuver.  I smiled and thought to myself maybe we should use clothes pins (remember those... anyone...?) to stick playing cards in the spokes to make it easier for miscreants to know the cops are coming.  Sorry... sometimes that's how this old mind works.

Anyhow, this is very good news for us all and we hope to see this kind of creative approach to policing expanded in our city as staffing levels permit.  Presently we are still way, way, way below authorized strength and that is based on the bogus number forced on the CMPD by the mayor and mayor pro tem.

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Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

If it's good for the City and the residents then Riggy and Mensy must hate it. These guys are probably trying to figure out how they can turn this positive into a negative.

8/21/2015 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

If I look at these issues from the standpoint of the black hats, I think they must be quite pleased to see the police finding ways to be effective in spite of their diminished manpower. Why? The overall black hat goal apparently is to send all city revenue to for-profit businesses. The police are helping to enable that.

In order to direct $$ to private business the black hats must cut city expenses. One way to do that is to gut the police force to find the absolute minimum number of cops needed to keep law ‘n’ order at a tolerable level. I don’t know what that number would be, but I’ll bet it’s much less than the 135 or so that professionals recommend as the minimum for a pleasant community.

The citizenry will complain, of course, because there will be more crime, but to the black hats that’s just a cost of doing business when running the city like a business.

Fortunately for them, they don’t need to feel beholden to the voters. Their out-of-town campaign contributors fund them so lavishly that they can effectively buy enough votes through massive spending on advertising, signage, and consultants.

The only risk to the black hats, in their view, is that they might overshoot the cutbacks, and as a result, crime will reach such levels that the voters get outraged enough to vote them out in 2016.

The ironic thing is that the police, by working their butts off and creating clever workarounds, are inadvertently prolonging the pain. As a result, it will take much longer for the voters to reach the “throw the bums out” level of outrage.

This says the bike patrols are a mixed blessing.

8/21/2015 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous It has to be said...


Look for Steve to suck up the credit for all things good... he is running for re-election.

8/21/2015 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Tom, I'm already blaming the city council for the prolonged response times, the high crime rate (Yes. I blame cc, not Prop whatever). The cc should have known and prepared for the propositions. They did not. Or they didn't care. Either way, its their fault. The police and fire are working crazy hours because they care. Because they are professionals. Our city council men are not professional anything. None of them. They are just deal makers. And believe me, there are a lot of deals the city will never know about. But just keep Compton and Bell in mind.

8/21/2015 02:42:00 PM  
Blogger Honeyman said...

Mensinger and Sandy are up and monahan is termed out, so we gotta get at least 2 of those three. Is it too early to start speculating who might run for the good guys? I'm guessing Jay will be on the ballot again, but have no firm knowledge of that. Would Wendy run next year? Dare I say Weitzberg?

I know the black hats are throwing out Ramos again......and there's always Melone. Wait, I almost forgot about their ace in the hole......Rita Simpson!

8/21/2015 03:03:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Here's a rumor for you. Allan Mansoor for council, again, in 2016! They have plenty of guys on the bench... Dickson, McCarthy, Dewane, even - God save us all- Fisler. Should be fun.

8/21/2015 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Muffin Top Bob said...

Mensy has no idea about the bike patrols because his handler, Riggy hasn't drawn a crayon picture of a policeman on a bike. Once he does our Mayor will be up to speed.

8/21/2015 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Honeyman said...

You forgot to mention the one black hat elephant in the room, Geoff...and by elephant, I mean elephant! FITZY!!! God would that be amusing.

Maybe you should throw your hat into the ring, Geoff! Nah, you are more effective here rallying all the forces. I'd love to see all the bloggers in town run though, just for the candidates forums alone! The racist (who should change the name of his blog to "NO COMMENTS" since that's how they all end) would be a wonderful candidate. Might not get the Hispanic vote though. Anybody heard from Popp lately? Did he pass away or is he hibernating like one of his many animal friends? Gonna be ugly, fun, filthy, disgusting, fascinating, and certainly interesting.

The good guys will prevail this time. How cool would it be to have 4 on the council sitting with Riggy? His head would explode the first meeting.

8/21/2015 05:46:00 PM  
Blogger zennymoon said...

The return of the Bike Patrol and their immediate success should show the residents that if our police dept was fully staffed (rather than being down 26 officers) patrol units could have the same level of success. The patrol units presently, do not have the luxury of patrol time that allows for observation and enforcement because they are dispatched back to back with calls and reports. Bike Patrol a definite step, in the right direction.

8/23/2015 10:52:00 PM  

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