Vallejo crime, safety, police staffing issues mulled in subcommittee discussion http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2320...
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.