Jul 31, 2014 11:12 AM by News Staff
A giant crowd turned up at Sequoia Middle School in Redding Tuesday evening for Redding Police Chief Paoletti's town hall meeting on crime.
A majority of the citizens in attendance voiced their frustration with Redding crime and are ready for a change.
Officials say a return to the low crime rates and safe feel Redding once knew is going to be easier said than done. The California Department of corrections and rehabilitation of Northern California saw a $400 million dollar cut in their budget, most people believe to be A-B-109 allows prisoners to be released, but it's actually prison overcrowding that has put more than 400 prisoners on the streets of Redding.
Chief Paoletti said much of Redding's crime boils down to two things, the police department being understaffed, and jails being overcrowded.
Mayopr Bosetti has introduced the idea of a half-cent sales tax that could bring an extra $10 million to the Redding Police Department, but that doesn't fix the problem with jail overcrowding.
Officials said they would like to see community members take a more proactive role. With staffing numbers so low, organizations like neighborhood watch groups could provide police with some extra eyes and ears on the streets.