Talamo Addresses Community Concerns At Meeting
At last week's 100 Precinct Community Council meeting, Captain Charles Talamo responded to a number of complaints regarding summonses being issued for activities ranging from walking on the beach/boardwalk after hours to surfing. Talamo stated that there was a lot of misinformation and rumors being spread throughout the community through various sources, and he denounced reports that police were issuing tickets to residents who were merely spending time on the beach. "That's what the beach is for. It's there for people to enjoy and use. Why would we ticket people for that?" said Talamo.
Although most of the resident's concerns and stories were published in The Wave, Talamo never mentioned the publication by name during the meeting. A number of residents spoke out against The Wave, citing that the publication was involved in "police bashing," and others applauded the paper's efforts in addressing the community's concerns. "If there are people who feel they have been wrongly ticketed, I, or others from my command, would be willing to meet with them to discuss the matter. However, I am confident in saying that in instances where people claimed they were ticketed unfairly, we always found that there was more to the story. We don't go around giving out tickets for the fun of it," said the Captain.
Talamo informed attendees that he would be leaving his post for the next six weeks to take part in training exercises with the FBI in Quantico, Virginia. Captain Paul Piekarski, of the 101 Precinct, will become the commanding officer in Talamo's absence.