Concord Police Department Looks to Open Field Office in Todos Santos Plaza

February 12, 2018 8:00 am · 54 comments

The Concord Police Department is looking to open a 1,200-square-foot field office in Todos Santos Plaza.

The office will serve as the the Concord Police Department Community Impact Unit’s (CIU) ‘base of operations’. The CIU is responsible for citywide long-term problem solving and nuisance mitigation, according to the department.

The office will also be used for conducting daily business on citywide issues, hosting community meetings, and overseeing public safety aspects of downtown special events.

The city says the office will also allow officers to more directly and rapidly respond to downtown police service needs, address nuisance and criminal behaviors, and manage police staffing at special events.

Eventually and with staffing allowing, a non-sworn member of the police department will be identified to staff the field office during regular business hours to take police reports, support the district commanders, and provide an
approachable access point for police service in downtown Concord, according to the city.

The owner of the building, which is located at 2151 Salvio St., is asking the city to pay between $27,000 – $30,000 a year for rent.

The Concord City Council will vote on the issue during their meeting on Tuesday.

Doggie Dad February 12, 2018 at 8:07 AM

Sorely needed. The plaza area has really come alive the past few years but the recent, rapid increase in nuisance behavior puts those gains at risk. Not really a family-first place these days.

Anonymous February 12, 2018 at 8:33 AM

How stupid. The idea that police stations prevent crimes is so 60s. This is just a waste of money . The PD has a perfectly good building. The substation idea is ,no doubt , a purely political decision.

Follow the money .

old-school guy February 12, 2018 at 9:07 AM

Recall how tough the laws were on criminals back in the 60s. Maybe the 60s were a good thing.

CSS February 12, 2018 at 9:46 AM

Maybe enforcing existing laws and toughening them up might help. Saying “use your words” doesn’t work…

FBR February 12, 2018 at 11:35 PM

How stupid to NOT do it.

I miss Panama February 12, 2018 at 8:34 AM

Lovely building. Many vacancies. Home of Susan Bonilla’s office. Anything to see here? I can’t tell.

Sounds good February 12, 2018 at 8:38 AM

Good!

Hope Johnson February 12, 2018 at 8:44 AM

The proposed location is only a few blocks from the police station and the field office that already is in the area on Friday and Saturday. Areas in the Monument and North Concord have been requesting field offices for several years but Chief Swanger refused. If it really takes a four story police headquarters and two field offices to police a one block radius around Todos Santos park, something is not right with police operations. There are other areas this is needed. Sounds like incumbent Councilmembers are setting up something to ‘brag’ about during election races.

DrvrdadCA February 12, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Exactly.

What is the actual response time from the PD to Todos Santos?

What is the Chiefs reasoning for not putting a substation (back) in North Concord or Monument Corridor?

This smells much like the odor that comes from the area on a hot summer day. This is nothing more than a waste of our tax dollars and is being used to line the landlords pockets.
It would be a good guess that a substation in the other 2 areas would be less expensive and more useful.

Horse February 12, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Hope Johnson for the win

TheYellowRanger February 12, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Yes please.

Concord Mike February 12, 2018 at 9:11 AM

There already is a ground floor office the police have used in the past located in the brick parking structure! Use that or just buy a small trailer with a table and some chairs inside and park it along the perimeter of the park.

For 30K you could buy a nice used trailer, paint it with the police logo, and have a mobile field office. Could be towed to other locations as needed for special events.

We need our police out on the streets in highly visible locations, not hanging out in obscure field offices.

Shoulda Coulda February 12, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Great idea Mike. They could even use a motor home
as a mobile office. It could be relocated around the
city as neeeded. Most municipalities already have one.

KAD February 12, 2018 at 3:09 PM

That is a Great idea. Hopefully you will go to the meeting tomorrow night and suggest this.

RANDOM TASK February 12, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Yeah the one on solano ave got vandalized so bad they shut it down

And yeah why now the place is a hole yet the council throws money at it like a monkey at the zoo ( we all know how great that that is right ) run away run away

Thing is why ….why …why now we all know where ever a politice station is that area is the worst and stays that way ….

And by the way I have not seen any CPD anywhere in those bad areas
Have not seen police anywhere accept for a random motorcycle cop radar shooting at usual spots

This is what Pittsburgh and Antioch are like no police presence unless something happens

So sanctuary means no police crime soars and people are left to be fodder

Unless it’s election time and a few moves to rally the lemmings to vote em In again only to have more years of nothing

Dems have been ruling this state for 50 years

Tell us dems how it is for the better …roads infrastructure BART Crime bums taxes gas prices home prices empty store fronts please enlighten us

You dems pound the drum this state is a country with huge commerce and self sufficient Tell us all how that is ….50 years ago this city had no bums you could leave your door open at night windows etc police could be seen on the streets

Even BEZERKLEY the crown jewel of dems and all they love …A HOLE FILLED WITH BUMS AND CRIME A SOCIALIST DREAM I GUESS

Long live bums and crime if you can’t beat em join em so how do I become illegal and reap the benefits

Marylou February 12, 2018 at 10:32 AM

Wasn’t Arnold a Republican?

Anonymous February 12, 2018 at 9:37 AM

Could someone smarter then me find out who owns the building and who they contribute to ?

Building don’t prevent crimes . Proven over and over again.

WC resident February 12, 2018 at 9:39 AM

I thought Concord PD already had their taj mahal.

Extra stations and cops will not help at all as long as we have proposition 47 and related laws on the books.

The reason cops often recognize suspects from blurry photos is that they keep catching the same people. If catch-n-release someone 50 times a year you get a good sense of what they smell like.

Hope Johnson February 12, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Good idea, Concord Mike.

Foonman February 12, 2018 at 10:14 AM

It seems to me a pair of beat cops walking the plaza would do more good…..

Concord Mike February 12, 2018 at 12:26 PM

True, in fact it could be much less expensive CSO’s (community Service Officers) who can write tickets for minor infractions and get to know the troublemakers.

Hope Johnson February 12, 2018 at 3:35 PM

Good idea, Concord Mike.
(previously posted this incorrectly as reply to WC resident above

KAD February 12, 2018 at 3:50 PM

I agree.

Oracle February 13, 2018 at 8:58 AM

Agree

Oriiginal G February 12, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Will there be a bronze plaque mounted with names of members of the city council?

Mariner February 12, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Drove by T.S. Park the other day and it’s a scumbag area with the amount of druggies, homeless and panhandlers everywhere.
What that area needs is a weekly sweep of a front loader shopping them all up.

Marylou February 12, 2018 at 10:31 AM

Isn’t that like 3 blocks from the Police Station? Don’t you think maybe it should be farther out?

Coco Rez February 12, 2018 at 10:44 AM

Waste of money! There is an actual police station a few blocks down. Yet was just told by the police that there is no money for a crossing guard program in the City. We see the cops and the city give 2 $h!ts about our kids and only there special interest. I thought families come first? WTF! Not a surprise.

Mitch February 12, 2018 at 10:51 AM

How about just patrolling the area regularly, and flushing out the usual suspects? A few undercover agents to police the garages? Offices are for office work, get these cops on the street.

George February 12, 2018 at 10:56 AM

The Concord Police Department has tried this “satellite office” thing before in different locations around the city. It might be helpful to know why those other office locations didn’t work out before and how this new location will?

Oracle February 12, 2018 at 10:59 AM

Sounds like a good idea. We rarely go there personally but the few times I have there has been quite a homeless population there.

LIvesForSale February 12, 2018 at 12:43 PM

is being homeless illegal?

Oracle February 12, 2018 at 1:03 PM

As far as I know no it is not nor should it be. However perhaps the police could discourage them just hanging around there. Just my humble opinion.

Kenji February 12, 2018 at 4:55 PM

On what basis could the police discourage homeless people from hanging around a place and not discourage people with homes from hanging around that place?

Oracle February 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Kenji you do have a point. Honestly I am having trouble thinking of a an answer to that. Its a tough call.

Charlie February 12, 2018 at 11:04 AM

This is a total waste of money with the main station just a few blocks away. Looks like Birsan finally got his way because he has been pushing this for years saying it is a crime deterrent. It is NOT!!! A real deterrent is when the cops are visible and out on the street, not holed up in a building.

Jerk February 12, 2018 at 12:13 PM

Exactly. Way Too Close.

Concord Mike February 12, 2018 at 12:34 PM

Agree. The sight of the uniform and the marked patrol car spooks the bag guys and reassures the average citizen.

We need sworn officers, CSO, meter maids, and code enforcement out on the street. They don’t need to go to an office to write a report. The reporting systems are computerized and in the vehicle.

Cranky Taco February 12, 2018 at 11:16 AM

What a moronic idea.
We can make the plaza a family friendly place if there were more cops on foot and weekly clearing of the same homeless.
There hasn’t been a CPD presence there in years, which is great for smokers, lol.
Spend that money removing the blight of all the vacant buildings by Bart.
But hey a satellite office less than a mile from the main police station will consume less gas….yay for the hippies

Retired LEO February 12, 2018 at 11:42 AM

Notice it says NOTHING about reducing crime. This is solely a visible presence to make it LOOK like they’re doing something.

“Eventually and with staffing allowing, a non-sworn member of the police department will be identified to staff the field office during regular business hours to take police reports, support the district commanders, and provide an approachable access point for police service in downtown Concord, according to the city.” So it won’t even be staffed until funds become available – so it’ll be a local break room for the officers for the foreseeable future.

Been there, seen it – and it doesn’t work. Probably being done as the results of a “study” being performed by the landlord.

Want more police presence downtown? Then assign them to foot patrol in the area. Period.

Victor Six February 12, 2018 at 11:44 AM

What’s wrong with the existing NFO in the old muni garage?
The City already owns that property!

Kirkwood February 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM

A dozen or more years ago CPD had “substations” in the outer regions of the city, usually located in a strip mall. They were manned (or woman’d) by interns or other unsworn folks who could only take complaints. Occasionally an officer would drop in to eat lunch, do paperwork, or use the bathroom.

no thanks February 12, 2018 at 12:05 PM

I am all for cleaning up downtown. We now have bums sleeping up against the walls along the sidewalks around the Plaza and scrounging through garbage cans for lunch. Really gross, so bad for business, and so totally unnecessary. The Chief of Police coddles the homeless. He has already put the Family Justice Center right in the middle of Todos Santos, in the same building he wants for the police substation. He’s turning downtown into one big, very downscale social services center. Who wants to have a retail shop, office or upscale restaurant next to the bums and battered women and prostitutes. I once asked why the Family Justice Center had to be at Todos Santos, why not in the Police Station itself? The parking is better and they have space there. The answer was that the battered women and sex trafficking victims find the police station too intimidating. Give me a break. More like, they are illegal or otherwise living on the lam and they are afraid of the law.

I work about a block from the main police station. We have constant problems with the homeless. When we call the PD, our calls are given low priority. It sometimes takes a cop one or two hours to show up. By then, the criminals are not there anymore, and even when the homeless are still on our property, the cops just have them move on. They are back again the next day. They could be arrested for trespassing, possessing stolen shopping carts and camping. Their stuff can be confiscated. The Sheriff lets them out right away, but they might not have any possessions when they get out. Also, their welfare money can be levied for outstanding fines. At the very least they can be escorted to the homeless shelter in Richmond. If they don’t go in, that’s their problem.

The problems are not about the need for another brick and mortar building. They are about getting a police officer to show up in the first place, then extracting consequences from these anti-social creeps who refuse to follow any rules at all. There are board and care homes and rehab places they can live in, but of course, they’d have to follow the rules and leave their pints of booze, their pipes and needles behind. A little tough love would go a long way. The Chief, however, thinks that Concord is a progressive City, and that the citizens are more tolerant of the under-classes here than elsewhere. “You can’t arrest your way out of a homeless problem,” he says. I don’t think he has even tried.

KJ February 12, 2018 at 12:06 PM

That really is awfully close to the police station, so what do they think the benefit would be? One or two officers on foot/bike-patrol would surely do a better job of deterring problems than a $27,000-30,000/year office.

Charlie February 12, 2018 at 12:10 PM

George, the offices were closed back in 2010 when the City was having budget cuts. The field office in the Valley on Clayton Road is still being used by officers to come and go and do reports, but is not “open”. No rent is being paid because the shopping center owner just likes the presence of the police.

Jojo Potato February 12, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Take a couple cops and send them out the door and two blocks over. Explain to them that their job is to roust out the homeless and provide a presence to make TD plaza inviting and safe for families. Repeat a couple times a day.

Do Your Job February 12, 2018 at 12:56 PM

There is much more need for field stations in places like Ellis/Laguna/Detroit( extremely active area for prostitution, drugs and just general crime), North Concord near the homeless shelter(do I really need to elaborate?) or Monument/Robin/Lacey areas(again..goes without saying why). There was a field office in the downtown parking lot near Hot Dog Palace for years, yet cars were being broken into DAILY. Downtown does not need a field office, the PD is within walking distance. You don’t need a field office to have more patrol officers in an area.

Elias Emmanuel Gonzales February 12, 2018 at 1:16 PM

So our problem stems from homelessnes and the epidemic of drugs inmates are getting released back to our community’s never being accountable for anything defiant and before being released they need structure to change judicial system programs so they can get information on changing I’m good I used to be in there shoes now I’m learning to seek help repair my lifestyle and the concord police helped me change I’m tired of running from myself god bless you all now I’m clean and don’t want to hang out at todos Santos on drugs make it a drug free school zone double the penalty for laws broken sincerly Elias g

POkeSmot February 12, 2018 at 3:01 PM

@Elias if you were in there shoes before , you of all people should know most don’t want help , they are exactly were they want to be “homeless” .The rest have mental problems and no place local ,well in walking distance to help with there mental problems .Congrats on the sobriety

Atticus Thraxx February 12, 2018 at 6:27 PM

Fix the Roads

#notme

Divided and Concord February 12, 2018 at 7:05 PM

The location is absurd being so close to the existing police station. What a waste of taxpayer money. Go to Solano Way or Monument Blvd. Repeatedly, people show up at City Council meetings asking for help in the Monument Blvd. area. Todos Santos definitely needs police presence just not an office there. I’d like to see police officers on the BART trail between Concord and North Concord. Just stop off at Todos Santos on your way from the existing police station. How about we get more code enforcement officers!

Anon February 12, 2018 at 7:33 PM

Bad idea. Officers should be walking the area and making their presence known. This would be a greater deterrent than an office building.

FBR February 12, 2018 at 11:48 PM

I’m for whatever the police think they need to do their jobs. Give them the resources they need to accomplish their mission of keeping the city safe for families. Don’t be so worried about the homeless. They already have a sanctuary over in San Francisco.

Oracle February 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM

I have to say after reading all the comments and giving this some more thorough thought I believe it could be a waste of time. I think actually having a police presence/beat cops would help more.

Agree with Anon above. Office building is not the answer.

-Oracle the “Enlightened”-

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