Red Bluff Holds Open House

Aug 14, 2014 7:55 PM by Joe Moeller

Red Bluff police are working more with less. The police chief says voters in Red Bluff can help make the community a safer place.

"In between 2012 and 2013 there was a 27% increase in calls for service." says Red bluff Police Chief Paul Nanfito.

He says the city's department is busier than ever.

"In number of arrests in between 2012 and 2013 we went up 339 arrests."

In 10 weeks on the November ballot Red Bluff voters will have the chance to vote for a quarter of a cent increase in sales tax. The revenue would go to public safety.

"If you want to mitigate quality of life issues, if you want to mitigate the crime rate you have to have a proactive policing mode and that requires additional staffing."

He says the department staff needs to grow with the increasing crime in red bluff. Nanfito has a goal in mind. He wants to add seven positions to the staff.

"For this department in the next six years we need to return to minimum 2009 staffing levels."

We headed to Downtown Red Bluff to see what residents thought about the possibility for an increase in sales tax for public safety.

"I think that it should not be anymore increase on tax, it has got enough fire department and enough police." says Zachary Jones.

"I do think there is potential for more help that is needed in the area, but I would like to see justification for an increase.' says Dawn Jenkins.

"That would be a good thing, it is not that much of an increase." says Ilene Smeeton.

Nanfito says they are doing more work with less, he tells us more funds will make the community a safer place.

"I think we are doing a very good job, but I think we can do better. I think with better resources we can mitigate crime trends."

After tonight's town hall meeting Chief Nanfito says residents can go to the departments website for the power point on the departments needs.


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