Pleasant Hill Shows the Love by Shereen Motarjemi
Aug 25, 2016 11:42AM ● Published by Elena Hutslar
What do you do if you want to express gratitude to someone? You send a thank you card! And that’s just what dozens of grateful Pleasant Hill residents did to show their appreciation for the work of the Pleasant Hill Police Department.
The idea, proposed by Tammy Rieser and shared on NextDoor.com (the website that allows neighbors to connect) took off, with more than thirty handwritten letters pouring into the station. In addition, the Pleasant Hill Dolphins Swim Club created a large poster, signed by all participants, which expressed deep gratitude for the services of the PHPD. (This poster now covers a wall that formerly held pictures of perpetrators wanted by the police.)
Master Officer Todt Clark said, “It is a really good feeling to know that the public appreciates what we do. It makes it all worth it.” He mentioned how touched the department was that people in this day and age bothered to handwrite all the notes and put them in the mail. Some cards were accompanied by sweet homemade treats.
Long-time resident Donna Patterson remembers Pleasant Hill before we had a police department. She appreciates “…more than I can say, how wonderful our police department is and always has been.”
Chief of Police John F. Moore wrote his own thank you to well-wishers who singled out a special officer for commendation. In it he said, “We are very fortunate to serve a community that supports and appreciates our efforts. Members of the Pleasant Hill Police Department strive to provide effective personalized service to all community members. Our personnel genuinely appreciate feedback from the community members we serve, and I have shared your kind comments with our police department staff members.”
Will this wonderful idea spread to other towns? Imagine if Pleasant Hill became ground zero for a much larger gratitude movement!