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

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 . .

Fresno Connection

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

Survey: P.G. Wants Its Own Cops

Like most humans though, those surveyed changed their minds when told about the cost.

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The report was prepared by Pacific Grove resident Hank Armstrong, vice president of communications for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and police Sgt. Carl Lafata.

Some 76 percent of respondents preferred a city police department, even when told it would cost considerably more than a regional police plan or contracting for services.

But when told contracting for police services or a regional policing plan could save the city as much as $500,000 or $1 million a year, about 69 percent said they would support the idea, while 22 were unlikely to support it.

Survey: P.G. Wants Its Own Cops

P.G. Gets New Police Officer

New policeman from Fresno. Hope he doesn’t get too cold.Fresno Connection

The Pacific Grove Police Department announced the hire of Officer Charles L. Renfro, according to a release.

Renfro has more than 19 years of experience as a police officer, serving 16 of those years with the Fresno Police Department. He has also worked in patrol, investigations, street violence, homicide, problem-oriented policing, burglary, robbery, Internet crimes against children and sexual assault units and divisions.

P.G. Gets New Police Officer

Car Week Thieves Take Corvette In P.G.

The police commander says it’s a rare thing to happen. Don’t forget all the motorcycles stolen during Moto GP week.

Meanwhile, the P.G. cops let the car thieves go on own recognizance.

Pacific Grove police said Wednesday that an El Dorado County resident reported his 1962 red Corvette vanished after he parked it late Saturday at a bed and breakfast.

The theft apparently occurred between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., police Cmdr. John Miller said.

The owner said he parked at the lodging in the 300 block of Central Avenue and discovered the car missing an hour later when a friend came by.

The car owner said whoever took it must not have started the engine because he said “he would have heard if it was fired up,” Miller said.

Seen this car? Call the owner below. Don’t let the image of Pacific Grove get tarnished by indifferent cops.

Stolen Corvette
A Police report has been filed with the Pacific Grove Police Department. PG1300883
Please contact owner, Pat 916 719-9442

Pacific Grove Not Safe From Petty Thieves

Always lock your car, bike, house, welcome sign, etc. Reminds me, where is Mary these days?

The warning comes after reports of seven auto burglaries and thefts from vehicles in and around the 300 block of Gibson Avenue. Police say the thefts happened sometime during the night of June 20th, between midnight and 7:30am. Most of the vehicles were reportedly unlocked, and investigators say, there was no signs of forced entry on the vehicles that were reportedly locked. Only spare coins in the vehicles were taken

Pacific Grove Not Safe From Petty Thieves

Cops Join Forces In Lawless P.G.

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Wow, bringing in police from everywhere in a show of power. What better reason to stay away from town and shop in Sand City!

A coalition of officers from Salinas, Seaside and Marina issued nearly 20 traffic citations and warnings on Wednesday in Pacific Grove as part of a joint motorist safety operation, according to a release from the Pacific Grove Police Department.

The majority of the tickets issued as part of the four-hour Monterey Regional Strategic Traffic Operations Prevention Program were for distracted driving/cell phone and seatbelt violations. Six motorcycle officers conducted the operation.

Cops Join Forces In Lawless P.G.