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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 20, 2011

New police chief is truly a 'cop's cop'

It's been more than half a century since a local marshal armed with a shotgun and several volunteer deputies patrolled the streets of Pleasanton. That ended in the mid-1950s when Walter McCloud was hired as the city's first police chief. He served until 1981 when he retired and was succeeded by Bill Eastman. Eastman, who after retiring ran unsuccessfully for mayor, is best remembered for vowing that "if you never give up the streets (to criminals), you'll never have to take them back." He earned a hard-on-crime reputation that made Pleasanton known among trouble-makers as a city they should never "mess with."

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