Mayor's Morning highlights crime prevention, redevelopment


"My philosophy (towards criminals) is 'you don't mess with Danville residents,'" said Police Chief Steve Simpkins.

But the police still need the help of the community, despite their no-nonsense attitude. At Father Nature's on Friday morning, Simpkins encouraged residents to call the police, even if they think an incident might be unimportant.

"We really need your help. We need your eyes and ears to let us know what's out of place in the community," he said.

This insistence comes after a home burglary and a string of auto thefts highlighted under-reported incidents. Often, people do not report such crimes because they don't think they are a "big deal."

"You never know when these little bits and piece will crack a very large case," Simpkins said, referencing a previously unreported backpack theft that was found on the scene of the Feb. 2 home burglary.

While property crimes remain the number one offense in Danville, Simpkins said such crimes are down 10 percent this year. Additionally, the police have a 43 percent case closure rate -- more than double the national average -- statistics which will be available in the city's annual crime report next month.

Simpkins also introduced Mike Wells, the town's new crime prevention specialist. A retired lieutenant from Concord, Wells said his goal is to "enhance community policing efforts through education, services and meetings."

Specifically, Wells plans on improving the If I Were a Thief program and initiating a "crime prevention through environmental design" strategy wherein residents and business owners will create a clearly defined "defensible space" that is unappealing to criminals.

"I've interviewed bad guys at jails and they say that they purposely drive to Danville and look around," Simpkins said.

In addition to making Danville defensible, Town Manager Joe Calabrigo discussed the need to make it beautiful with the help of redevelopment agencies.

"How many of you were here before 1986?" Calabrigo asked, adding that prior to the incorporation of the redevelopment agency, Danville was not as good-looking. "What we have at risk is around $20 million that will flow into our agency to make local improvements."

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate over 400 redevelopment agencies across the state as been a bone of contention recently, one that Calabrigo encouraged residents to bring to their representatives.

"We all have problems and we need to work together to solve them," he said.

A video of the Mayor's Morning is available on the town website.


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Posted by Hal, CDSI Research
a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Dear Jessica,

I wonder if Steve wants to know when Danville Police cars are in Alamo? Maybe a picture or three might help Steve explain their presence?

I am sure Steve is as curious as Alamo residents are.

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Posted by keeping it real
a resident of Danville
on Feb 13, 2011 at 2:09 am

Hey Hal-

What's your beef with having Danville Police cars in Alamo? They often travel through Alamo to respond for calls of service in the Danville community as well as assist the Sheriff's Office on calls. We all know they (Sheriff's Office) is short staffed and Danville PD's assistance is most certainly appreciated.

And whether you know it or not, they have authority in Alamo as well as the State of California pursuant to the penal code to enforce the law throughout the State. So, don't be a hater. They are there for everyone's protection.

Your self-centered hatred toward Danville should not reflect on public safety.

You are an antagonist and your credibilty on this site based on past post from folks in this wonderful community basically indicate that you never really have anything constructive to offer. This one is yet just another example...

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Posted by Hal, CDSI Research
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Dear Jessica,

First let me thank Vice Mayor Andersen and the Sheriff's substation Alamo for answering why Danville Police would be present in Alamo. For your Alamo readers' information, Danville Police officers respond in support of Alamo sheriff officers' call for support. Other presence would be a result of meetings held in Alamo between the two jurisdictions.

Alamo neighbors should not expect any other actions by Danville police officers in their neighborhoods.

Good to know,

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Feb 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I'll point out that the officers in Danville and Alamo are all Sheriff's deputies. They may be assigned to the valley station in Alamo for several years, then be reassigned to Danville and then work in Richmond or the jail. Danville just happens to pay for different uniforms and police cars than the rest of the county uses.

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