In October of 2018, the Redding Municipal Code for camping on public and private property was suspended due to a court case decision in Idaho (Marin v. Boise). Once suspended, the Redding Police Department could no longer enforce the camping ordinance which resulted in an immediate increase of camps throughout the city limits. Although we were unable to enforce the camping ordinance, officers still gathered the complaints filed by citizens online and responded to each location to help provide those individuals with resources such as Hill Country Clinic and the Good News Rescue Mission. The Redding Police Department’s Community Cleanup Crews also continued to work diligently to try and keep the camps clean by removing thousands of pounds of excess trash and debris.
Since the suspension, City of Redding officials worked on a new camping ordinance which conformed to current case law. The new camping ordinance was approved by City Council and went into effect February 16th, 2019.
Today, the Redding Police Department partnered with the Anderson Police Department, Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in conducting Quality of Life enforcement all over town, specifically in areas where we received the most complaints about illegal camps. Officers spend the day proactively patrolling the areas of Downtown, Hilltop Drive, Parkview Riverfront Park, Caldwell Park, and the Sacramento River Trail. The enforcement was very successful and resulted in officers contacting over 130 people, issuing 37 Redding Municipal Code citations, making 7 warrant arrests, and removing over 7,500 pounds of garbage.
The Redding Police Department would like to thank the neighboring agencies who assisted us today. We would also like to thank the citizens of Redding who continue to use the online reporting system to notify us of illegal camps in their area.