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On the Horizon Shane is excited about the future of the department. With Morgan Hill’s growing population and economic development, there will be a need to grow and expand services using new technology. “With the city’s evolution come challenges with traffic, housing, mental health problems, and more transitory criminal activity. Our officers are smart and innovative. They bring new ideas and experiences to the table, knowing they’ll be supported when doing so. We have video cameras now, and in the future we will probably employ drones at crime scenes that can deliver real-time video to support our dispatch operations. “We’re a small department, which creates demand to take on more responsibility that spills into off-duty time. Ideally, we should have 50 officers on staff [currently it’s 42]. This would ensure better coverage when someone is sick, injured, training, or on vacation. And it would allow us to implement a new patrol schedule with a built-in training day.” “I love working here and feel a great loyalty to Morgan Hill because our community, our city council and city staff really prioritize public safety.” Explore ways to connect with the PD through the Citizen’s Police Academy, the Police Explorers Program, and Volunteers in Policing. Learn more at Steaks • Seafood • Spirits SUCCULENTS PLANTS POTTERY FOUNTAINS SOD GARDEN GIFTS & HOME DECOR FURNITURE STATUARY Everything for Your Garden and More Banquets • Breakfast • Full Bar Saturday/Sunday 408.847.3800 8080 Santa Teresa Boulevard • Suite 100 • Gilroy, CA 95020 20 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN 11155 Lena Avenue • Gilroy, CA 95020 • Highway 101 & Masten Avenue 408.846.4555 • april/may 2019 He said their two sons, Connor (10) and Austin (8) are “full of life.” Shane and Tiffany enjoy taking them to Jujitsu and gymnastics workouts and competitions, and family vacations camping or snow skiing. “I think I’m a bit strict, but the boys don’t know any better yet,” Shane said. “They’d probably say I’m a playful, fun-loving dad.”