The Redding Police Department currently utilizes a patrol shift schedule that affords 13 shift overlap training days per year. Typically, the training days are used to complete Peace Officers Standard and Training (P.O.S.T) mandated perishable skills training and advanced officer training. The department is currently caught up on mandated training and made the decision to use the training day for a targeted enforcement detail. The purpose of the targeted enforcement was to address crime occurring in our parks, trails, downtown areas and business districts which are directly affecting the quality of life of residents, business owners and visitors to our community.
We mentioned this upcoming enforcement detail to our agency partners who were quick to volunteer staff and resources to assist with our targeted crime sweep. The Shasta County Sheriff’s office provided two corrections officers, a jail transport van, and a deputy sheriff. The California Highway Patrol provided two officers on bicycles. The Anderson Police Department provided two officers on bicycles and an additional two officers in a marked patrol car. The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office provided two Investigators to assist with our operations and the Shasta County Courts provided support. We utilized our additional officers, the Neighborhood Police Unit on bicycles, the Traffic Unit on all-terrain motorcycles, our Community Work Program Officer (CWPO) and work crew, Code Enforcement, graffiti eradication volunteer, an undercover officer in an unmarked vehicle, and several of our cadets. In total, over 35 staff members worked the 24-hour enforcement detail that began at 5:00 AM on August 10th, ending at 5:00 AM on August 11th.
In preparation, 19 transient camps were posted several days prior to the operation. The Shasta County Jail provided extra staff within the jail to handle the intake of additional prisoners.
In the 24 hour operation period, 33 transient camps were eradicated and 2400 pounds of trash was disposed of at the City of Redding Transfer Station. Officers made a total of 95 arrests, including 31 defendants booked at the Shasta County Jail and 64 misdemeanor citations issued. Officers and staff recovered 22 Shopping carts which were returned to businesses or stored at the Redding Police Department.
Charges included resisting a peace officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, illegal camping, possession of stolen property, narcotics violations, drunk in public, possession of a stolen shopping cart, probation violation and other crimes.
Photographs from the operation will be included in the news release on our Facebook page: @reddingpd.
The Redding Police Department and our Shasta County agency partners will continue these operations as staffing and resources allow. We would like to thank the California Highway Patrol Northern Division, The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, the Anderson Police Department, the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, and our dispatch center, SHASCOM911, for their assistance during this operation. Together, we can make a difference.