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April 30, 2010 > Meet the Cop

Meet the Cop

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Meenu Gupta

Detective Bill Veteran has over a decade of law enforcement service experience. His law enforcement career began in 1986 working in Patrol. During his career, Veteran was a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Officer for five years and has been a Crime Against Persons Detective for three years. For the past nine years he has served as the Fremont Police Department Public Information Officer in charge of gun permits, alcohol permits and press information.

Detective Veteran firmly believes that crime prevention efforts and citizen participation are essential to any successful crime reduction plan. He advises residents to be on the lookout for criminal activity and report it. Veteran believes that education and community activities help channel youth away from criminal activity.

TCV: What motivated you to join the Law Enforcement Career?

Veteran: I was an advertising major at San Jose State University. While I was in college, I worked at a Macy's store at Stanford Shopping Center. When we caught shoplifters, I interacted with Palo Alto Officers - that sparked my interest in a law enforcement career.

TCV: How can the residents help create a crime-free environment?

Veteran: There are many ways citizens can participate; volunteering at the Police Department and participating in events like Coffee with Cops. Volunteer programs include a Police Explorer Post for young adults and adult Reserve Police Officers. Be a good neighbor and keep your eyes open, that is a good way of helping us.

TCV: What do you like most about your job?

Veteran: I work directly for Chief Craig Steckler, a good leader. I like the people I work with and for. Even though our department is below 1980 staffing levels in a city of more than 200,000 residents, we are doing a lot more with a lot less.

TCV: What are the challenges the Fremont Police Department faces today?

Veteran: An increasing crime rate, increasing population and tough economical times. We have a very diverse community which leads to unique language and cultural challenges.

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