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Drunks Along The Iron Horse Trail

Original post made by JRM, Vista Grande Elementary School, on Jun 2, 2012

After my experience this morning the time has come for a more regular surveillance by the cops along the Iron Horse Trail to clear out the menacing alcoholics that linger on the benches. There is one sad fellow in particular that has shoulder length reddish blonde hair and a black baseball cap that is now there at least 3 days a week absolutely snot slinging drunk. His hangout is normally just north of the museum and now he has a compadre that sits next to San Ramon High. I have a feeling he has a long arrest record but he just keeps coming back and now he has company. I'm certain our town officials monitor this site and I just wanted to speak out for many of us and ask that resources be devoted to make sure this unique and wonderful trail continue to be safe for all of us. These guys give me the creeps and I'm certain female runners/walkers have felt the same sense of personal risk as we encounter them. Next time I run past them I will call the DPD and say "they are here again". Sadly, I used to see same unkempt young man in the baseball cap stumbling along Diablo road years ago as I took my kids to Los Cerros and to see his promising life slowly extinquished over the years is a real lesson in life. He must be a local and I hope he gets help, but getting wasted and sleeping on our benches downtown is not acceptable behavior.

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jun 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Thanks for the information. There are a lot of elderly people , and moms with young Kids who use this trail, and it is a health and safety threat to have drunks and drug addicts loitering. Years ago I use to see volunteers with trail security windbreakers walking the trail, but have not for years.

Maybe the town of Danville information rep, Mr. Gillette, can address this situation and update on what happened to the volunteer trail people who use to walk the trail.


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Posted by Geoff Gillette
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

Geoff Gillette is a registered user.

Good morning,

Thank you for the questions regarding policing on the Iron Horse Trail. The trail itself is the jurisdiction of the East Bay Regional Park District and they do have police who handle calls on the trail. So, if you call 9-1-1 and tell the dispatcher there is a problem on the trail, your call will be routed to EBRPD Police.

If during the course of their patrol Danville Police Officers see a suspicious subject on the trail they can and will act.

The EBRPD does have volunteers who patrol the Iron Horse Trail. Information on the trail patrol program is available on their website, Web Link.

The rule of thumb is if you see something suspicious, whether it is in your neighborhood or on the trail, please report it.

Thanks again for the question, hope this helps. Have a good day!

Geoff

Geoff Gillette
Public Information Coordinator
Town of Danville
(925) 314-3336
e-mail: ggillette@danville.ca.gov.


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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

Mr. Gillette: Thank you very much for your information. You do a very good job of answering questions and providing information to us Danville residents, and appreciate it.


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