Police hunt for groper following afternoon assault
Original post made on Sep 13, 2012
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 13, 2012, 5:47 PM
on Sep 14, 2012 at 9:21 am
While the City of Palo Alto continues on its hard-to-understand campaign to build a huge police building, there seems to be nothing in the way of this same police department demonstrating how this big building will reduce crime in our town.
The FBI is, on the other hand, using technology to create a large database of biometric data that will be useful in indentifying suspects of crimes from data that has not been used in the past, such as pictures of people taken from surveillance cameras
FBI's Facial Recognition Program/ Better Security Through Biometrics:
The FBI is moving ahead with a nationwide facial recognition program scheduled to be fully deployed by 2014, according to New Scientist and testimony delivered to the Senate in July. The program could lead to faster, more efficient law enforcement--but nabbing crooks after a crime is only part of the appeal. The technology also foreshadows upcoming security enhancements that will stop many offenses before theystart, including several that plague businesses.
Stanford, as a private entity, is not under the thumb of the Palo Alto Police Department. Stanford could, if it wanted to, install surveillance cameras and feed data to the FBI in order to provide better protection than the Santa Clara County Sherriff's Department, and its own police department, can provide.
Since students are also customers of the University's various services, they have a certain leverage on the University management that ordinary residents of Palo Alto do not. If the students were to begin to demand that the University install these camerasit's difficult to believe that the University would simply ignore them like the City of Palo Alto ignores is residents and business owners.
Stanford has the opportunity to put a step forward in the 21st Century's new models for service delivery of law enforcement. Whereas Palo Alto, will probably do nothing until it is forced to do so. With Stanford taking the lead, perhaps the Simon Property Group might do the same thingoffering a new level of security to the people who shop at Stanford Shopping Center, and depend on the Simon Group for their physical security while in the Center. The recent spate of vehicular burglaries at the Shopping Center should be a wakeup call to Simeon.
Stanford has a chance to provide a clear example of what "leadership" is all about, as do Stanford studentswho should be expecting the best security that their very expensive tuitions should command. Hopefully, Stanford will step up and commit to better security for its students. And maybe, in a decade or two after that, Palo Alto will sheepishly follow suit.
on Sep 14, 2012 at 9:33 am
This is typical. Perverts like this guy will of course hang around college campuses in order to find a woman alone. It has nothing to do w/PAPD's ambition for a new building.
on Sep 14, 2012 at 9:37 am
> w/PAPD's ambition for a new building.
You seemed to have missed the point about Stanford's having an obligation to provide better security for its students. Strictly speaking, Stanford is not under the jurisdiction of the Palo Alto Police, although the PAPD often provide support to Stanford, via various mutual aid agreements.
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