P.G. Cops May Go Back To School

Police Academy

In an initial response to the revelations, which were published in The Pine Cone Feb. 14, Pacific Grove Police Chief Cathy Madalone — who was hired after most of the accidents occurred — posted a message on Facebook Feb. 20 that said there’s nothing wrong with the department’s practices. According to a Monterey resident who saw the story but did not want her name used in this story, a PGPD supervisor told her some of the department’s officers are not trained to investigate vehicle accidents.
In response to that claim, police administrative services manager Jocelyn Francis told The Pine Cone that, while sworn officers who graduated from California police academies were formerly required to undergo additional training to investigate traffic collisions, the requirement no longer exists.

P.G. Cops May Go Back To School

P.G. Cops Don’t Cite Drivers In Car Crashes

Just like parking all day downtown.
Parking Victorian Corner Cars

 – In January 2019, a 68-year-old woman ran through a stop sign on Laurel Avenue, struck a father and his two children who were in a pickup truck headed down Forest Avenue, and then crashed her  Lexus into the front of Pacific Grove Hardware. Although the woman caused more than $10,000 dollars in property damage, and numerous firefighters and police officers had to respond to the crash, Pacific Grove Police told The Pine Cone at the time that they did not cite her.
–  In March 2018 at about 1:45 a.m., a man on Short Street was driving a Toyota pickup truck when he slammed into a driver in a Volkswagen sedan traveling on Cedar. Though the police said the Toyota driver was at fault in the accident, which wrecked the VW but didn’t injure anyone, police did not issue him a citation.
–  In January 2018, a Pacific Grove man driving a GMC Sierra truck crashed  into four parked vehicles on the 700 block of Lighthouse Avenue, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Though the driver told police he was reaching for a beverage when he swerved into the cars, police did not give him a ticket.
– In November 2019, a 15-year-old girl was walking in the crosswalk at Sunset and 19th and was struck by a car whose female driver didn’t see her. She was injured and treated at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. The driver was not given a ticket.
– In January, a male motorist struck a 15-year-old boy riding a bicycle in the crosswalk of Sunset and 19th. Pacific Grove police did not cite the driver for hitting the teen, who suffered minor injuries.
– In October 2019, a woman driving an older sedan plowed through a fence and three retaining walls at Lovers Point. She was not ticketed, either, police said, after attributing the incident to “mechanical failure.”

P.G. Cops Don’t Cite Drivers In Car Crashes

New Jersey Police Chief Hired As P.G. Chief

Also, rainbow pride flags fly at police station,
PG PD Pride Flag

Madalone took a moment to say she was “feeling good” and that the moment was “bittersweet,” before she continued with the hugs.

Among the crowd was Madalone’s wife of two years, Pam Dino.

“It is my first walkout and very emotional,” Dino said. “For her, it is 25 years serving here, really half her life, with these wonderful people, so it is emotional and bittersweet.”

New Jersey Police Chief Hired As P.G. Chief
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New PG Police Chief Chosen

Morro Bay chief Amy Christey takes the hot seat at PGPD.

PGPD Help Wanted

“Chief Christey’s hands-on approach to community policing, her emphasis on customer service, her understanding of the needs of a small-town coastal community and her track record as a team player makes her a terrific fit for our Police Department, the municipal organization and the community,” Harvey said.

Vicki Myers served as Pacific Grove’s police chief before Belcher took over on an interim basis in December 2015. She served in a dual role as chief of Pacific Grove and Seaside from 2012 until Pacific Grove terminated its contract with Seaside pertaining to Myers running its police department in September 2015 and gave her a 90-day notice.

Tom Frutchey, who has since left his role as Pacific Grove city manager, told The Herald last year that the split was fairly amicable. He cited two “no-confidence” votes by the Pacific Grove police union and a citywide survey that found residents would like to keep its own separate police department as reasons for the city moving on from Myers.

New PG Police Chief Chosen

Shared Police Chief Quits P.G.

Was it too quiet for Vicki in Pacific Grove?

PGPD Help Wanted

After three years as police chief for both Pacific Grove and Seaside, Chief Vicki Myers is stepping down as top cop in Pacific Grove so that she can devote her full attention to Seaside.

Myers made this decision about a month after both city’s police officer associations voted that they have no confidence in her.

When we asked Myers about the votes of no confidence, she said it was one of the many reasons she is switching to solely focus on Seaside.

Shared Police Chief Quits P.G.

Speeders Bring P.G. A New Radar Trailer

What was wrong with the old one? Why not get out and write some tickets instead of teasing people with a robo-safety patrol?

As vehicles pass the trailer, their speed is displayed, as well as red and blue strobe light will blink to catch the attention of motorists. The “speed” trailer cost the department $8,000, which was taken out of the general city funds, said Cmdr. Cassie McSorely.

“We get complaints about speeding cars in every neighborhood. Traffic and speeding is one of the main concerns in our community,” McSorely said.

Speeders Bring P.G. A New Radar Trailer

P.G.’s Police May Be Understaffed, But They Do Have Lidar

The Pacific Grove Police Department said a lot of drivers are from out-of-town and sometimes they don’t realize the speed limits are so low. So they’re using a special tool called Lidar, to detect speeds before the driver even sees the officer.

It was not Lidar, but a huge building that slowed down an out of town driver last week

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Sgt. Lafata pulled over two drivers for speeding, among other violations. Both drivers got warnings this time. He said it pays to own up to your mistakes.

“To be honest with you that’s something that we don’t really get very often in this line of work, so I do like to reward that,” said Sgt. Lafata.

If Lidar isn’t working correctly, Sgt. Lafata said any citations written during its use are thrown out.

P.G.’s Police May Be Understaffed, But They Do Have Lidar

P.G. Police Get New Services Technician

What the job entails – if you never heard of a Police Services Technician.

oh, and because Fresno . .

Valerie Renfro will be sworn in as the newest member of the police department at 11:30 a.m. in the Pacific Grove City Council chambers. The public is welcome to attend.

Renfro previously worked as a Fresno County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher,

P.G. Police Get New Services Technician

Pacific Grove Gets A Temporary Police Commander

Pacific Grove, what the heck

PGPD Help Wanted

Cassie McSorley, who retired last July from the Salinas department after 30 years in law enforcement, has taken the job on a full-time but temporary basis while Pacific Grove searches for a permanent hire.

Although there are two vacant commander positions in Pacific Grove, Police Chief Vicki Myers plans to convert one of them to a civilian manager position to save money, McSorley said.

The department has been without a commander since Cmdr. John Miller left for a job with another Northern California police agency several weeks ago.

McSorley said she was “very much enjoying” her retirement but wanted to help out. “I thought what the heck, Pacific Grove is a great city.”

Pacific Grove Gets A Temporary Police Commander

Retired Police Brought In To Fill Vacancies

Filling in for cops that left for greener beats. Does no one see the point of being a cop in P.G. is not the same as being a cop in say, Watsonville and notice that it’s a good thing?

Cassie McSorley, who retired last July from the Salinas department after 30 years in law enforcement, has taken the job on a full-time but temporary basis while Pacific Grove searches for a permanent hire.

McSorley said she was “very much enjoying” her retirement but wanted to help out. “I thought what the heck, Pacific Grove is a great city.”

With its beautiful shoreline and a much lower crime rate than Salinas, McSorley said she’s enjoying the change.

Retired Police Brought In To Fill Vacancies