Redding police conduct city-wide sweep of criminal hotspots with help of local agencies

About 50 officers hit the streets to clean up illegal camp sites and search for illegal drugs, weapons and people with warrants.

Posted: Nov 30, 2017 7:47 PM

Redding Police officers were out bright and early Thursday morning conducting a city-wide sweep of multiple areas known to be hotspots for crime.

It's part of an ongoing effort to reduce crimes that negatively impact quality of life in the city.

“Whether it be drunk in public, using drugs in public drug possession, stealing of the shopping carts and things like that that are just happening all over the city,” Redding Police lieutenant John Polteski said.

About 50 officers hit the streets to clean up illegal camp sites and search for illegal drugs, weapons and people with warrants.

But they didn’t do it alone, they got help from a slew of local agencies.

“We're collaborating with several different agencies within Shasta County including agencies like the California Highway Patrol, the DA's office, Anderson Police department,” Poletski said.

The list also includes Redding code enforcement, animal regulation, the Shasta County Sheriff's Department and the Redding Fire Department.

“We're working alongside Redding Police Department, myself and out two fire investigators, in a joint effort to contact folks that are camping illegally, having illegal campfires,” Redding fire marshal Craig Wittner said. “And letting folks know, educate them on what our laws are or re-educating them on what our laws are.”

But they're also educating people on the street on ways to get help to overcome homelessness.

“And so we're also here to also give them a way out and give them so resources they may need in order to get out of this type of environment,” Poletski said.

Residents at Wednesday night’s public safety meeting said they have seen a difference since police started doing the sweeps, but it's going to take a lot more to really make an impact.

“It's a continual effort,” Wittner said. “And we're not going to stop until people maybe get tired of us being here and take their activity someplace else.”

Police said these types of sweeps have been highly successful and they hope to be able to do them more frequently.

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