The newest chief for the Menlo Park Police Department Chief may have been on the job for six months at this point, but there is still a lot that he wants to accomplish.
Chief Robert Jonsen began his career with the LASD and was previously stationed to work in their Lancaster location. Despite only being up north for a short period of time, he considers his new community to be his home.
This could be largely tied to his sense that he’s better suited to work in a smaller, more enclosed environment. The sheriff’s department does a lot of good work, but the Menlo Park PD has more of that home-town feel and a lot more one-one one interaction.
His transition from one to the other has been completely smooth, he said.
His wife, though, is still adapting. She’s a home-grown Southern Californian and is still adapting to life in the northern part of the state. Moving away from their children and grandchildren was a big decision. Jonsen said he gives her a lot of credit for being willing and able to leave LA County.
One of the biggest factors in his decision to apply for the Menlo Park PD Chief position was tied to the educational level of the city’s residents. They are reportedly well-known as forward thinkers and he liked that the locals are more apt to be open to trying new things.
Law enforcement today is nothing like it was a decade ago, and there’s something to be said for a community that is willing to adapt with the department.
The Chief also recognizes he has a great team of officers and volunteers that are helping to keep visitors, residents and business owners safe from crime. Approximately 20 volunteers have stepped up to serve on the department’s Advisory Group. This, according to Jonsen, helps ensure that the channels of communication between the MPPD and the community remain open.
Jonsen said he looks forward to leading the Menlo Park Police in the months and years to come.