Hello, my name is Tom Cashion and thank you for visiting the Sector 2 webpage! I am pleased to be the Sector 2 Coordinator. I started my career with the Walnut Creek Police Department over 15 years ago. I have been involved in many assignments in the organization to include patrol officer, detective, sergeant and special teams to include drivers training, crime scene investigations, crisis negotiation and the technology team.
Probably by now you have learned that our Police Department is going through restructuring due to our City’s budget issues. We have lost our Crime Prevention Program, which included our Neighborhood Watch Coordinator and have also lost our Motorcycle Officer Team. In addition we have refocused our Community Policing Team to issues in the downtown core only. We will know more if this will be short term or long term when the City Council approves the new budget in June.
For police purposes our city is split up into three sectors. Sector 2’s rough boundaries are Mt. Diablo Boulevard to the south, N. Main Street to the east, Pleasant Hill to the north and Lafayette to the west. Sector 2 is one of our most diverse sectors. It encompasses most of our downtown businesses that drive the city’s economic engine, great neighborhoods, the largest amount of historical buildings including the oldest neighborhood, highly ranked schools, an incredible center for the arts, the only BART station, one of the largest but most hidden water treatment plants, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, beautiful open space area, a swim center, and several parks including the smallest park in the city that many don’t even know exists (Park Bench near Dan’s bar).
As we move into the future there are many challenges ahead, from traffic, to crime to the influx of new developments. Sector 2 is slated for the most development over any other sector in our city. Current projects include the finishing of the Volkswagen Dealership on N. Main, the development of the old “co-op” on Geary and the development of the old cement factory. Notable future projects are the BART Transit Village which is a first for our city, several multi-family complexes’ and a large apartment complex at the site formerly occupied by the Walnut Creek Lodge. Many questions arise for example, how will these new developments affect the city on a micro and macro level, how will it affect traffic, our neighborhoods and businesses, and how will the police department police these areas to keep them safe. Many employees in the City and Police Department are studying and planning on how we are going to answer these questions.
As we move forward it will be more important then ever to have strong community relations between the police department and the community it serves. The Walnut Creek Police Department is one of the most professional, progressive, educated and friendly police departments you can find anywhere. We are always willing to help so please do not hesitate to ask.
Lastly, I wanted to provide you with some other resources that may be useful. First off are the Walnut Creek Police Department webpage (www.walnutcreekpd.com) and the Walnut Creek Police Department Face book page (http://www.facebook.com/?sk=welcome#!/walnutcreekpd). They have a lot of useful information on your police department, crime prevention tips, links to other safety sources and resources.
If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend you sign up for “Nixle” (http://www.nixle.com/). We use Nixle to send out our press releases related to crime, community safety issues, road closures and community events. It’s free and allows you to receive the news at the same time the press does via email or text messaging.
We have also started a “Virtual Neighborhood Watch group” at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WCPDSector2/. If you are looking for crimes that have occurred you can check out WCPD’s daily bulletin at /citygov/depts/police/bulletin.asp.
You can also call or email me with any concerns you may have.
Walnut Creek Police Department
1666 N. Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596