Jan 22, 2015 3:28 PM by News Staff
Redding City Council members are moving forward with a 10 year plan to reduce crime.
The Redding community has been very vocal about their displeasure the rising crime rate, and it seems as though the frustration has resulted in a plan being drafted.
Captain Moore, of the Redding Police Department says violent crimes were up by 4.2 percent between 2013 and 2014. Property crime also increased by 2.2 percent during that time. Staffing levels are also a cause for concern, there are current 98 sworn officers with the Redding Police Department, compared to 119 in 2008.
Moore says the loss of the neighborhood policing unit in 2008 has certainly contributed to the rise in crime rate.
A new blueprint for public safety outlined by Councilmember Kurt Starman features six different scenarios to address crime in the city. Four of them explore the possibility of adding a sales tax measure, similar to Measure F, which fell short last November.
Councilmembers have proposed that $90,000 be spent exploring the issue.
Some people in the community feel that the money should be spent on the police department rather than on creating a plan, while others say they are all for anything that will help the city deal with crime.
The city will begin searching for a consultant to put the blueprint together immediately and expect it to be completed by the end of 2015.