Vallejo crime, safety, police staffin...

Vallejo crime, safety, police staffing issues mulled in subcommittee discussion

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Vallejo, CA

#1 May 9, 2013
Vallejo crime, safety, police staffing issues mulled in subcommittee discussion

Vallejo City Council members met with representatives of the now-inactive residents public safety fact-finding committee Tuesday to move forward on the group's recommendations.

Over about 90 minutes, City Manager Dan Keen read through responses from Police Chief Joseph Kreins to each police-related recommendation. While some suggestions for the department were completed or underway, the chief said others he favored could not be addressed without more staffing.

The ad hoc panel of Mayor Osby Davis and Councilwoman Stephanie Gomes is expected to bring several committee recommendations to the full council. Some of those items included:

* Increased funding for police clerks and cadets to perform cost-neutralizing and revenue-generating work like parking and abandoned vehicle citations
* A citywide volunteer coordinator to oversee police volunteers
* A more active role in encouraging the Vallejo City Unified School District to implement a district-wide student anti-truancy program
* A multi-year police crime reduction plan
* Creating a two-pronged (and potentially separate) public safety advisory commission that would offer both direct quarterly recommendations to the police chief, and also serve as a general police topics forum for residents. The now-hibernating citizens ad-hoc public safety advisory committee may be tapped to further investigate the issue.

It was unclear when those recommendations will come to the full council, although several, if implemented, could affect the upcoming budget process.
Well Well

Vallejo, CA

#2 May 9, 2013
The three and a half million the Gomers ripped off from us for Marti's play time money would have went a long way for the unfunded parts of this issue. They shot themselves in the foot after all the crowing about just trying to make the police department better!
Well Well

Vallejo, CA

#3 May 9, 2013
I recall the VIBsters touting new Oakland PD Chief Jordan as "the kind of Chief we need", now they are laying into him for announcing his disability retirement. Lol, suck on it VIB!

Oakland, CA

#4 May 9, 2013
My comments appear to stray from the topic, but after thinking about it I see Vallejo's concerns playing out in Oakland now.

I do not recall hearing about Oakland's Chief Jordan being "the kind of Chief Vallejo would need". What I did hear though was that Ron Dellums' Chief Batts was the cat's meow until he unceremoniously split to take a teaching position at a prestigious school of higher learning! Much safer and without as much personal involvement that eventually and theoretically could lead to ones demise. Even if he would have hung around, I doubt that Oakland would be better off today.

I am sure Chief Jordan was as good and capable in his job as the political machine let him be. Nothing unusual about that and the same scenario has played out in Oakland as in any other jurisdiction. Vallejo comes to mind....

Oakland has not had a firm handed, untainted mayor for ages, one that stood by his/her management team because they thrived under his/her leadership. If memory serves me well, most have been enablers on an ego trip that worked their own pocket.

What is of concern to me though is that no one is blaming the plentyful, unmanagable criminal element, but instead is pointing the finger at law enforcement in general for the failure that Oakland truly is. Putting lipstick on a Pig .....comes to mind!(sorry piggy)

It is no secret that many of Oakland's neighborhoods remain unmanageable because they are over run by criminals and a general public that is willing to keep quiet about the perps among them. They are complacent no matter how difficult their life’s are and no amount of federal money shoved towards them will change that. I can feel for the decent residents of Oakland.....

If Oakland wants change they need to begin cleaning house from the bottom up....and changing Police Chiefs that will toe the political line will not do the trick. Bringing in firm hands that do not coddle, beginning with the elected officials that have kept the seat warm for too many years and fed the public federal monies to keep them satisfied, would be!

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