Ever since we moved to the Elmwood, we’ve received regular, informative emails from Roderick Roe, our Beat 8 police officer. Roe leavened the usual litany of break-ins and car thefts with helpful advice and a distinct, personal voice.
I’ve just received his latest email, which is a goodbye:
Believe me, after twenty-one years as a police officer, I’ve seen too much and need a break from law enforcement. So, as of Nov. 12thclose-of-business, I will become a private citizen…
I wanted to thank you for being the best beat in Berkeley. I enjoyed serving you for the almost ten years I was assigned to your neighborhoods. You welcomed me into your homes and listened to my “crime prevention preaching” (in the newsletter) without complaint. When I asked your assistance in donations to the AIDS Ride, you came through IN A BIG WAY (I have the cool jersey to prove it!). It was a privilege to be of service to you; being your beat cop was one of the highlights of my career and a memory I will cherish.
That sounds like the best of Berkeley to me.
Roe is going to be a training ride leader for the 2010 AIDS Lifecycle. So if you want to try a 545-mile charity ride, or just make a contribution, you know where to go.