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Opinion - May 13, 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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Posted by ONE!two!ThrEE!!
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.)

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Posted by once more
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm

OK police chief. How about leading by example. Take a 15% pay cut. I pay your salary. What about that pension? Pensions are killing the economy. Stop picking my pocket!! You're supposed to be stopping crime!!

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Posted by Blossom
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on Jun 30, 2011 at 6:37 am

The high salary is a real cause for concern. Why are we paying cops such high salaries? All they are is a uniform with a gun and badge. Wouldn't we be better off with volunteer militia groups that might vigilantly patrol our streets and keep them clean and crime free? I saw an entitlement woman outside the post office the other day asking for a hand out for her kids. I mean, c'mon! Get off it already! Cops are probably too busy, but a vigilant volunteer militia could chase her and her kind back where they belong.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

please please please...try to understand their job, show some respect or

if you think that you're safe without police officers, talk to the crooks...i rest my case...

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Siena
on Jul 4, 2011 at 8:27 am

Unfortunately, I have experience over the years with police chiefs who are called a "cop's cop". Those types of chiefs usually turn out to be the worst. You *think* they are a cop's cop, but then comes reality. They have rubber chicken dinners to attend, community events, budgets, behind-the-scenes City Council BS going on, and so on. That reputation of being a "cop's cop" disappears very quickly. Let's see if he is still called a cop's cop at this time next year. If history is correct, he will receive a vote of no confidence within three years. I know it doesn't seem like that now since it's still the honeymoon phase, but mark my words. Been there/done that.

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Posted by Jenny
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

So, instead of addressing the man's accomplishments you instead stereotype and smear? Nice touch, but comes across a little bit creepy if you ask me.

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Posted by GJM
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Let's get the facts right before we write! John Delucci was the town Marshal prior to McCloud becoming Chief. Half way through Delucci's term his title was changed to Chief. Thus, John Delucci was the first Chief of Police and Walter McCloud was the second. McCloud was the first Chief in Pleasanton to adopt the use of; Radar, Canine units, Motor units, and pepper spray.