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LA JOLLA -- La Mesa Police Capt. David Bond got up Saturday he decided to throw on a sports coat and head to La Jolla to attend a seminar that was to feature District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, City Police Chief Bill Landsdowne and drug treatment expert Scott Silverman.
"I thought I'd see if this was something we could use in La Mesa,'' he said.
But when Landsdowne was suddenly unable to attend, Bond found himself plucked out of the audience by City Club President George Mitrovich and quietly asked if he could help provide the police perspective in a discussion of the current epidemic in drug abuse.
"My wife told me I should have worn a tie,'' Bond said as he joined Dumanis and Silverman on the dais.
For the next 90 minutes Bond (speaking in photo above) explained the impact officers are seeing as the abuse of prescription medicines has led to a boom in cheaper heroin among addicts.
Bond, Dumanis and Silverman traced the impact of this drug abuse cycle on local crime rates and the work-load in the courts and the struggle to find adequate treatment for the addicted.
Bond has worked closely with county, state and federal drug enforcement officials in drug efforts and was able to fully play Lansdowne's role at this City Club meeting held at La Jolla Country Day School.
Knowing he was speaking to an audience filled with students and their parents, Bond wasn't reluctant to remind the parents that, unlike police, they are not restricted by the 4th amendment and have the right to keep close contact with their children's possessions and communications as they wend their way through the temptations and peer-pressure of teen life today. The point wasn't missed by parents or the students.
Mitrovich and Dumanis publicly thanked Bond for his able if impromptu performance and following the presentation, Bond found himself surrounded (below) by Country Day Mock Trial team students who wanted advice on presenting evidence in court. Not the Saturday Bond expected when he headed west this morning.