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On Saturday, Thank a Cop

Sept. 15 is designated as National Tell A Police Officer "Thank You" Day.

If you see a cop on Saturday, give him or her a round of applause.

It's National Tell A Police Officer "Thank You" Day

The goal is to show support for police officers through small acts of gratitude or by simply saying “thank you." The men and women who comprise police departments across the country, including 59 sworn officers of the Novato Police Department, put their lives on the line daily to protect the citizenry. Yet they often get a bad rap, according to the Whole Truth Project, an organization with a mission to support law enforcement officers by promoting a pro-police message. 

So, if an officer is driving by, give a thumbs-up, a wave or some golf claps. If you're passing by one on the street, say something nice or shake the officer's hand. We dare you.

SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 September 15, 2012 at 02:44 PM
The Good People of Novato have thanked the NPD by purchasing our third K-9 Lex and have raised funds for all three K-9's to be narcotics trained. In the history of Novato, this has never been done before. Fundraising efforts are ongoing. Please send donations of any amount to: Novato Police Dept Attn Chief Berg, K-9 Unit 909 Machin Avenue Novato Ca 94947 A BIG THANK YOU to our Fearless Leader, Chief Berg, and to all of Novato's Finest!
Born & raised September 15, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Nice pic. Notice the phone number . Good idea to add it to your contact list for non-911 calls.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr September 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM
To Novato police officers and police and sheriff's deputies everywhere, thank you for risking your life every day to keep us safe.
Bob Ratto September 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Agree with that one!...Novato has a great PD, and I am very pleased that Interim was removed from Mr. Berg's title.
Al Mendoza September 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
To Born & Raised: That photo was taken in approx. 1965 (47 years ago) with a 1965 Ford Galaxie police car. We only had helmets to wear, no soft caps. Our police patrol vehicles at that time consisted of two 1964 Chevys and three 1965 Ford Galaxies (one of which was a station wagon for the Sergeant). I have aged a bit.
Sylvia Barry September 15, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Wow, Al! So glad they posted that picture! I can now see the resemblance! Very nice and you look as handsome as ever before! This is great! :-) I do want to thank the Novato Police Department for keeping our town and community safe and for responding to every call, good, bad or indifferent and for being in the meetings when we ask them to come and give us reassurance and advise (such as a few San Marin Improvement Association meetings). We already know this, but when my now young adult sons told me how safe they feel in our town throughout the years and when our friends and business owners and workers from out of town comment on how great this town is, I thank all of you for keeping it that way!
Born & raised September 15, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Thanks for the info Al. Bonus question: What street is it on?
Craig Belfor September 15, 2012 at 08:28 PM
In the eighties I lived on Plaza Hermosa, at the end of the street, where there was a party house that was left to the kids by a absent parent. Every night there was a full blown party, with drinking, peeling rubber, and waking up the neighbors. I was the only one who would peak up, so I needed the police. They came every time, arrested people(some with my citizen's arrest), and things would quiet down until the next night. One night it was really loud, and at 3am I called in for the umpteenth time. This time only one officer, Tim Christiansen, showed up. Knowing he would need back up to do the usual arrests, he simply, bravely, waded into the middle of the crowd, called them all in around him, and started talking to them. He told them that people deserved to sleep, that the police would never stop, and it was time to grow up. I didn't listen to all of it, but after that, the kids would take the party inside at dark, and the neighborhood got better. The cop calls dropped off, along with the arrests, and it was because one good officer took a risk and communicated with the problem.
Ugo Innocenti September 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
That address and few other in San Marin kept us busy almost every weekend.
Annan Paterson September 16, 2012 at 01:04 AM
The Novato Police Department has led the county in hate crime prevention and intervention policy and programs. I am so grateful to the officers who work hard every day to make our streets and schools safe for all our residents. Thank you NPD!
Tina McMillan September 16, 2012 at 08:36 AM
Thank you to the Novato Police Force for creating the funding to start The Novato Response team in July of this year. Your focus on investigation, enforcement and the development of sustainable long term solutions related to the rise in Gang Crime in the bay area is a critical part of maintaining the safety of our community. The 2011 annual NPD report talks about gang related crime on the rise in nearby San Rafael and Petaluma. Local cities describe a rise in gang violence in Northern California. Santa Rosa has its own Gang Crimes Investigations Team. It is clear that gang related activity is on the rise and Novato must remain vigilant if it is to maintain its commitment to safety and security. Having a task force focused on this issue along with community involvement and support will help keep Novato strong. According to former Police Chief Kreins having residents who have a low tolerance for criminal activity as well as hundreds of local volunteers makes our city safer because people are willing to address issues head on.
Jim Wilroy September 16, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Uh, not to nit pick, but I'm pretty sure that's a 1964 Ford in the picture.
Gary Fairfield December 31, 2012 at 01:14 AM
lol Al, I came along to NPD in 1974 and that seems like only yesterday.... Boy does time fly! Happy to see your name here!

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