The Water Cooler – Concord Police Field Offices Throughout the City

February 12, 2018 12:00 pm · 42 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Earlier today we reported the Concord Police Department wants to open a field office in Todos Santos Plaza.

Years ago, the City of Concord had several field offices scattered throughout the city, but they eventually closed all of them.

QUESTION: Would you like to see the field offices make a comeback, and do you think there are any other parts of Concord that need a field office more than Todos Santos Plaza?

Talk about it….

Noj February 12, 2018 at 12:08 PM

Diamond Boulevard is an obvious choice.

They could cite the auto burglars and then let them go…

TIFOKCIS February 12, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Yes. An office between Sixth St and Granada on Willow Pass and another one in the Holbrook Plaza. The more the better!

Then again what good are the police when Liberal Judges and Prosecutors favor criminals over the middle class.

Concord Mike February 12, 2018 at 12:20 PM

No. A waste of valuable time and money.

If the PD needs better PR or needs to monitor a neighborhood, then buy a used trailer, paint the police logo on it, and move it from place to place.

We (thankfully) are not LA or Chicago. Any oart of our city can be reached in 10 minutes from our police station.

RDS February 12, 2018 at 1:07 PM

“Any oart of our city can be reached in 10 minutes from our police station.”

10 minutes in a life-threatening situation is an eternity. This doesn’t appear to be a well thought out position.

Anonymous February 12, 2018 at 3:14 PM

I agree. RDS police, fire,ambulance and such are dispersed throughout the city,so maybe your thoughts are not thought out.

Concord Mike February 13, 2018 at 6:58 AM

On duty officers need to be in their patrol car moving from call to call and making proactive stops. A waste of money to expect them to spend time in an office.

They can always park in a neighborhood shopping center to type up their reports or to meet with other officers.

Horse February 12, 2018 at 12:26 PM

Don’t they already have three field offices (including the main garage at Todos Santos)?

Maybe they plan to actually staff said offices?

jtkatec February 12, 2018 at 1:44 PM

Horse, I’ve walked past the little office in the parking garage at Todos Santos, but it sure doesn’t stop the homeless from sleeping in that redwood grove that’s next to the parking garage.

Dee February 12, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Yes they need field offices again. Used to have one on Meadow Lane and they should reopen that one too

Chicken Little February 12, 2018 at 1:15 PM

I live right off of Meadow Lane, and I have two extra rooms I’d rent to CPD, cheap.

Anonymous February 12, 2018 at 12:39 PM

A totally worthless idea. Will accomplish nothing except to spend money. Patrol Officers need to be on the street arresting criminals, which Concord does quite well, not sitting in a stupid office.

This kind of soft thinking is something a councilman can point at as an accomplishment , when in fact it is a money wasting thing.

Any councilman that supports this should be asked to disprove studies that say it accomplishes nothing.

Kirkwood February 12, 2018 at 12:45 PM

I think Police substations are useless for Concord. They are too expensive to have anybody present with the power to do anything but take complaints. If you want officers present it means either hiring additional officers or pulling them off the streets.

Just a Person February 12, 2018 at 12:48 PM

Would be nice to have one Clayton side of Concord, we are an afterthought of Concord, but not in Clayton, so often overlooked

RDS February 12, 2018 at 1:10 PM

For folks complaining about how they would be staffed, mere presence is a deterrent.

Just look at all the idiots on the road going the legal speed limit that slam on their brakes at the first sign of CHP – even though they’re not doing anything wrong. Psychology is powerful.

And if it means I don’t have random homeless people coming up to me and touching me for no apparent reason and I’m not stepping over sleeping meth addicts, I’m cool with it.

Drocnoc February 12, 2018 at 1:45 PM

How about every home owner in concord just pay lets say an extra 100$ a year to fund more police. While we are at it we can pay them overtime bonuses and give them free lunches on the city’s tab. That way we feel safe.

Savage February 12, 2018 at 5:34 PM

Then is another $10 next year, another $10 the year after and it will just balloon into a huge slush fund like all the other taxes we have that are not applied to that they are supposed to be. Like the roads tax fund that got stripped for the Governors train to nowhere and water tunnels.

Mr. John February 12, 2018 at 1:51 PM

Let’s start with getting enough cops out there with enough freedom to do their jobs before we worry about giving them more hubs.

Anonymous February 12, 2018 at 2:28 PM



This substation concept was tried in numerous cities years ago. Had no impact on crime. Sure people slow down when they see the CHP . As soon as he’s gone they speed up. A building with POLICE written on it makes no difference. It’s the cops in the cop cars that prevent crime and catch criminals. In a place like Riverside County substations make sense because of long travel times. Not Concord.

Any politician that defends this should tell us where it works. I’d rather hire more cops then rent buildings from the connected .

RDS February 12, 2018 at 3:15 PM

Show me the study that backs up your claim that it had no effect on crime.

Savage February 12, 2018 at 5:35 PM

The fact the closed them all down is all you need, they were just using up money and didnt serve anybody. better to just have more cops on street instead.

anon February 12, 2018 at 2:53 PM

Most people have cell phones so it only takes minutes after a phone call to get the Police to your area.

J. February 12, 2018 at 3:04 PM

It is 6 blocks from the CPD HQ to Todos Santos.

It would make more sense to put a substation on the Concord/Clayton border.

Call it the Claycord Substation.

Max February 13, 2018 at 10:51 AM

Why at the Concord /Clayton border? The Clayton Police station is a mile away, and Clayton Police cars are visible around there so very frequently. There was one in Clayton Valley Shopping Center 20 yrs ago. Closed. Even tho that is Concord, Clayton Police are seen there.

Dawg February 12, 2018 at 3:15 PM

A field office isn’t good for much except for public relations. They won’t increase response time because responding officers are already out on patrol when they get a call.

94519 February 12, 2018 at 3:34 PM

in the middle of treat and clayton intersection, to slow traffic.

Frank February 12, 2018 at 7:58 PM

As well as bust all the red light bandits!!

Mika February 12, 2018 at 3:38 PM

I’d rather see more patrol cars on the street than branch offices.

Reality says... February 12, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Been awhile…I want to edumacate myself before I comment.

Didn’t the field offices provide more admin type services? They weren’t officers on patrol waiting for calls. If I called 911 they didn’t dispatch the Clayton station officers to my ‘hood, it would be the on duty patrol guys who showed up. I recall the “cops-in-a-box” helping with neighborhood complaint type issues or directing you to other services.

Reading these comments people seem to be implying these officers were standing by in their cars waiting to jump on a call for service near their station. I don’t remember it like that…I remember a cop car parked in the parking lot all day!

Someone refresh my memory.

Anonymous February 12, 2018 at 5:32 PM

@RDS look at the Center for Problem Oriented Policing. They speak directly to this subject.

Essentially you can have a cop sitting in a building and waiting to be dispatched to a crime , or one who is on the street patrolling .

I know what I pick.

Gov. RayGun February 12, 2018 at 6:40 PM

The National Guard, Helicopters dropping tear gas, and Law Enforcement Officers shooting Buck/Bird Shot always worked in My days!

Amy February 12, 2018 at 6:52 PM

Yes! Everywhere there is crime. The cops hide out in their offices. If they actually saw what’s going on in our neighborhoods they might be more active.

Mark February 12, 2018 at 7:14 PM

Cops on patrol only makes sense if they’re allowed to pro-actively address crime. Yes, that uncomfortable practice of stopping and frisking shady-looking adults who are acting suspiciously. But, this is the Bay Area and that is not allowed.

Mariner February 12, 2018 at 8:02 PM

Instead of staffing sub stations with cops put those same cops on patrol out of the main station. All sub stations do is take manpower off the streets.

NunYa February 13, 2018 at 4:17 AM

Todo Santos makes good since too! They could hold meet and greats, since it is against the law to enforce the law when it comes to illegal aliens.

AnonZ February 13, 2018 at 5:42 AM

NO. They closed them for a reason. Why create another office to sit around in? Put them on the streets!!!

Charlie February 13, 2018 at 8:03 AM

Reality says – you are correct in your observations. The field offices were staffed by non-sworn employees plus a Sgt. or Lt. in charge – no officers except when they came in to do reports, use the bathroom or have lunch. The car that you saw parked all day most likely belonged to the Sgt. or Lt. The main purpose of the office was to take phone reports and help with walk-in complaints.

Aspirin February 13, 2018 at 8:32 AM

Why are patrol cars’ engines left running when the cars are vacant?

Retired LEO February 13, 2018 at 8:46 AM

A couple of reasons…….

1. If the officer is going to be away from it for a short time but gets a high priority call, they don’t have to waste the time to restart it (see below on the eletrical loads). Most departments recommend that the car be shut off it it’s going to be left unattended for a longer period of time – I’m guessing more than 10-15 minutes.

2. A second reason is all of the aftermarket electrical equipment – radios, data terminals, scanners, etc… that are running all of the time. If the overhead lights are on while the vehicle is parked, those lights take a substantial amount of power and can run down the battery in short order if the engine’s not running to continually charge the battery.

Since the cars are rotated at the end of a shift, everything’s shut down to “give it a rest.”

Ricardo February 13, 2018 at 9:48 AM

They need someone at all the stations to monitor all the video they are going to start getting.

Max February 13, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Why at the Concord /Clayton border? The Clayton Police station is a mile away, and Clayton Police cars are visible around there so very frequently. There was one in Clayton Valley Shopping Center 20 yrs ago. Closed. Even tho that is Concord, Clayton Police are seen there.

ON DA February 13, 2018 at 11:55 AM

They are always welcome in my BOOK.

Charlie February 13, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Max it wasn’t 20 years ago. It closed in 2005 and moved to its current location on Clayton Road next to Dairy Queen, but is now closed.

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