Police advisory meeting was vital
I attended the Glendale Police Advisory Council meeting Nov. 16 and appreciate the coverage of important issues discussed there, especially since the meetings are not shown on cable or streamed on the city’s website (“Police address council concerns,” Nov. 18.)
I suspect many Glendale residents share advisory council member Mike Gomez’s concerns regarding our police force. While it’s appropriate for Glendale to step in to investigate the suicide of a Burbank officer, it does take time away from fighting crime in Glendale. Our police-to-resident ratio is already lower than in Burbank, Los Angeles and Pasadena. I hope the investigation is concluded as soon as possible and results in an outcome fair to all concerned.
Other critical issues were covered, particularly Glendale Police Lt. Ian Grimes’ report on drug use by Crescenta Valley High students. There was quite a bit of discussion about how Glendale police and the advisory council can get the word out to parents on how to spot teen drug abuse. Parent group meetings and other resources were noted.
Two community members brought up the topic of teens being able to purchase a driving training certificate, required for 16-year-olds to take the DMV test for a driver’s license, without taking the classroom or behind-the-wheel instruction. Jim Nasella pointed out the obvious danger of having young, unskilled drivers on the road and recounted his discussions with DMV and Glendale police staff on the problem.