REDDING, Calif. - The push to crack down on quality-of-life crimes in Redding includes a newly-enacted illegal camping ordinance.
Police conducted a big sweep of several trouble spots Tuesday issuing citations and cleaning up tons of trash.
Police concentrated their efforts on areas around town where they say they’ve received the most complaints about illegal camping.
Officers proactively patrolled the areas of downtown, Hilltop Drive, Parkview Riverfront Park, Caldwell Park, and the Sacramento River Trail where they contacted more than 130 people, issued 37 municipal code citations and made seven warrant arrests.
“What we do is ask that other allied agencies in the area respond into the city with us and assist us in targeting quality of life crimes,” Redding Police Lt. Pete Brindley said. “And by that, I mean the petty theft, the drunk in public, the open use of narcotics in the city. Things that really are affecting our community on a day to day basis.”
Some of the agencies that helped out include the Anderson Police Department, the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Representatives from the Good News Rescue Mission say they haven't seen that much of an influx of people staying there since the ordinance took effect, but that could change.
Still, it's yet to be seen where all the people who were staying in the parks will go.