Original post made
by James, Downtown North,
on Jan 6, 2012
Today an interesting incident occurred. I happened upon a very distraught women in Palo Alto. She was obviously going through something terrible, and was barely coherent. This women appeared to be a victim of something. We called the police thinking we MIGHT get some help. Let me start by saying, I thankfully have never been a victim, however I have received tickets from PAPD. I've been yelled at for trying to cross a police line and other misc interactions. So I don't expect much from them. Today PAPD, you have changed my view.
When the police car arrived, I began to approach the two officers to try and give them advice on how they should approach the victim (this is my line of work.) The officers walked passed me and ran straight towards the victim. I am not sure what their practice is, but the male officer stopped in his tracks as the lady officer pulled the victim into her arms. She repeatedly told the victim "your safe", and "I'm here to take care of you." The victim was hesitant, but eventually the female officer was able to coax her into her arms, while her male officer appeared to be alerting other officers. I couldn't believe it. The sight was amazing watching this little female officer hugging this grown victim until she was calm enough to talk. Palo Alto PD, I am proud to know that if any of my family or friends needed help, you will be the ones to respond. I am sure you don't hear this much, but thank you! Please be safe, we need you.