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Rich Struckman is joining the Menlo Park Police Department as police commander effective November 13, 2018, overseeing the Patrol Division.

Commander Struckman was raised in San Francisco and is a longtime resident of San Mateo County. He began his life in public service in 1984, when he joined the United States Army. In 1990, he was hired by the San Francisco Police Department where he served  for 27 years. During a very rewarding career in San Francisco, he served at the ranks of officer, inspector, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He retired from San Francisco in June 2017.

Commander Struckman had a very diverse work history with the San Francisco Police Department, which included commanding the narcotics division, serving as a Federal Task Force Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and US Customs Service, working as a labor representative, teaching at the police academy and participating in the San Francisco Police Youth Fishing Program.

Rich earned his associate degree in liberal arts from City College of San Francisco, a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement management from San Francisco State University, and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Saint Mary’s College. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police along with Leadership San Francisco, class of 2017.

When Rich is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, walking his dog and hiking and biking on the San Mateo County coast.

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Texting 911, as well as calling, is now an option in San Mateo County

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All San Mateo County Law Enforcement and Fire Agencies’ 911 Dispatch Centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone 911 text messages. All phones or devices must include a text or data plan, be text capable, and have their location services enabled to send a text message to 911. This technology directly […]

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Ethanol, not cyanide, is culprit that sickens UPS driver yesterday in Menlo Park

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Responding to a medical aid call yesterday, Menlo Park Fire District personnel found a 41-year-old male next to a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery vehicle. He identified himself as the driver and stated that he believed that he had been exposed to some type of chemical spill inside the back of the vehicle. The UPS driver was transported […]

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Dogs strut their stuff at Paws for Paws at Burgess Park

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About 30 dogs along with their owners took part in the third annual Paws for Paws at Burgess Park yesterday. The event benefits the Menlo Park Police Foundation and the Menlo Park Police Department K9 Unit. InMenlo contributing photographer Lena Kalotihos was there to capture some of the action, including Menlo Park police dog, Duke, demonstrating how […]

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Elderly man found dead in Willow Rd. alley this morning

The San Mateo Coroner has been called in to investigate the cause of death of a 79-year-old man who was found dead in an alley near his home in the 1100 block of Willow Road this morning. When first responders arrived, they noticed a visible head wound. He was subsequently identified Kenneth Chou, according to […]

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Third annual Paws for Paws benefits Menlo Park police K-9 unit

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Bring your furry four-legged friends and your family members to Menlo Park’s 3rd Annual Paws for Paws Walk at Burgess Park. The event benefits the Menlo Park Police Foundation and the Menlo Park Police Department K9 Unit. It will take place on Saturday, August 25 from 8:00 am to Noon. This is a fun-filled morning, […]

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Spotted: Good fun at National Night Out event at Willow Oaks in Menlo Park

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Aimee Bolter Campbell of Dala’s Nest fame was one of the organizers of the Willow Oaks National Night out gathering in Menlo Park on Tuesday evening. She reports: “We had about 100 people milling around over the two-hour period. The Babiarz-Scott band provided bluegrass music for everyone. “Menlo Park Police Department K-9 unit, community service, […]

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Bev Mo! burglary suspect arrested by Menlo Park Police

At noon today, the Menlo Park Police Investigations Unit located and arrested Melvin James Williams a 58-year-old East Palo Alto resident who was wanted in connection to three burglaries of BevMo! located on El Camino Real in Menlo Park. During the commission of the burglaries, it’s alleged that Williams would smash the front window of […]

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National Night Out events scheduled for August 7 in Menlo Park and Atherton

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National Association of Town Watch is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, devoted to safer communities. Taking place on August 7,  2018 Menlo Park National Night Out Block Parties […]

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Menlo Park Police seeking witnesses to stabbing on Willow Road

On July 3, 2018, at approximately 5:35 pm, Menlo Park Police Officers in the 800 block of Willow Road were flagged down by a person reporting a stabbing victim located in the parking lot of 840 Willow Road. Officers immediately responded to that location and located a male suffering multiple stab wounds. Menlo Park Officers […]

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David Bertini is named Menlo Park Chief of Police

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Menlo Park Interim Police Chief David Bertini will assume the post permanently on  July 8, 2018. “Since stepping up as interim chief in January, Dave has shown me that he is the right person to serve this community and lead the department,” said City Manager Alex D. McIntyre, who made the announcement today. Bertini is […]

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