Fairfield’s crime fight includes 2nd street team, officer trainee program

By April 30, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A police sergeant added to deploy a second street team and perform targeted neighborhood patrols seven days a week. Development of a police officer trainee program. Stabilizing Parkway Gardens.

Those are among city of Fairfield programs expected to be discussed Tuesday when a special community meeting about crime, homelessness and blight takes place from 6 to 8 p.m at Willow Hall at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St.

The second street team begins operations in May. The officer trainee program, part of the July 1 budget, involves hiring people in a community service officer role for several years and then sending them to the police academy to become officers.

Police increased patrols at Parkway Gardens after a Jan. 3 fatal shooting. The city also installed additional cameras, improved street lighting and is adding a license plate reader to record vehicles accessing the condominium development.

“The city is willing to go far beyond what most cities are willing to do,” Police Chief Walt Tibbet said of Fairfield’s response to Parkway Gardens crime. “The city is willing to be innovative and very vigilant.”

A draft report about Fairfield’s response to crime states that causes of violence and crime are complex and often caused by behavior that develops at an early age.

No single or simple solution is available, the report adds.

A total of 2,530 children in the Fairfield-Suisun School District missed 10 percent or more of the first half of the 2013-14 school year, according to the report. The Police Department and school district are working to reduce truancy and chronic student absenteeism, the report adds.

Representatives of Fairfield-Suisun School District will attend the community meeting Tuesday.

Tibbet, discussing other efforts to combat crime, said Fairfield has about 140 cameras at intersections, parking lots and other sites and hopes to add another 60 cameras. The devices have been very helpful in solving crimes, he said.

“We’re not looking into people’s private activities,” he said.

Cameras aren’t monitored around the clock but what they record can be reviewed to help crime investigations, the chief said.

Mayor Harry Price said street lights along Travis Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue are among sites of the cameras.

“It’s prudent,” Price said. “We’re trying to ensure public safety.”

Monitoring people’s activities is nothing new. Price said that businesses use cameras in their operations.

“When you use your ATM you’re being photographed,” the mayor said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • boomApril 29, 2014 - 1:00 am

    With all the attention on parkway, you're going to be playing whack a mole with crime spreading to less hot areas.

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  • Tax PayerApril 29, 2014 - 5:35 am

    Good police tactics to go after them. Where will they now go? Possibly Vacaville where our city council has allowed our department to reduce resources? We used to have two street teams now down to one. We are building back fairly quickly under new Chief but not fast enough to address these thugs appropriately.

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  • 2realApril 29, 2014 - 6:20 am

    Your gunna need a street team on every corner, because thats how bad the problem is!

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  • JazzAzzApril 29, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Bring in the National Guard, as Stockton did for awhile. Kick Arse and Take names!!!!!

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  • ?April 29, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Please tell me when Stockton brought in the National Guard. You keep saying that and it never happened

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  • http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=235952.0April 29, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    Google is your BEST FRIEND

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  • ?April 29, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    That link is from a forum with absolutely no facts what so ever. If the national guard was actually called in there would have been tons of reports in the news about it. Please try better next time

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  • S KApril 29, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    Even I recall hearing that in the Sacto news stations, Chans 3, 10 AND 13!!!

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  • Rich GiddensApril 29, 2014 - 6:48 am

    No matter if you put cameras in everybody's home and business and send militarized thug cops into every street with MRAPS, Bearcats, M60 machine guns, planes, tanks, drones etc-------you're still not getting to the root of the problem which is the treasonous open borders, illegal alien sanctuaries and the incentivization of single uneducated young women to go on welfare. That's the root of what bedevils your undesirable community. And worse, you still refuse to recognize that fact.

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  • CD BrooksApril 29, 2014 - 6:49 am

    Does "ensuring public safety" include traffic? Still not feeling it.

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  • InterestingApril 29, 2014 - 6:51 am

    Maybe if FSUSD didn't close down all the residential schools, and change the existing ones so drastically, kids could actually make it to schools. No schools, no buses = no kids going to school.

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  • BeeboApril 29, 2014 - 8:32 am

    I've got an idea. They should take the old, crotchety DR commenters and use them as decoys on the street. Of course they will have backup so that they survive to decoy the next day, and this way they could really make a difference. Please excuse me, as Captain Irony is calling me over for coffee.

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  • CD BrooksApril 29, 2014 - 8:51 am

    Beebo, when I worked for a living I was paid a wage to do my job. If I didn't do my job I had the threat of losing that job hanging over me. I didn't have a boss telling others it was okay because the company didn't have the resources to make me do it, and I would still get paid anyway If I expected others to do the job I was paid for, I was down the road. If I failed in my position and asked for a raise, I was laughed out of there bound for the unemployment line. Get my drift?

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  • Captain IronyApril 29, 2014 - 8:54 am

    That's right, Beebo. These old, crochety commenters are gettig out of hand! They should be rounded up and put out on the streets that they so unfairly demean, as targets for the punks to practice their skills on. Maybe little old ladies with computers wouldn't get punched numerous times and have their computers stolen. There is no real crime problem in Fairfield, that is only a figment of these old geezers' imagination. If they would just shut the frack up, our town would not have the reputation that it now enjoys.

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  • BeeboApril 29, 2014 - 10:05 am

    The irony is that I don't do jack but comment. Therefore, I am one of the DR commenting gang "Bad Typin' Maniacs". The only way we can beat these criminal imports is to put loud speakers on all of the corner power poles, and we blast Today's Country 24/7. It could work. Hell, it would drive me out, too.

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  • rlw895April 29, 2014 - 10:38 am

    Supposedly, classical music either drives them away or tames the wild beast.

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  • CD BrooksApril 29, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Beebo, Waylon Willie and the boys might heartily disagree. Not to mention the millions of fans across the country. Rlw has it right, classical gets it done.

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  • BeeboApril 29, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    Hence the word "Today's" I think that the Texas boys would understand.

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  • Captain IronyApril 29, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Beebo: I certainly understand. We should write it this way: Today's "Country Music." Yes, I am from Texas.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 29, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    You should be horse whipped young whipper snapper. Respect your seniors and betters or else!

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  • Truant OfficerApril 29, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Lets not forget about the wonderful truancy program that the DA duBain initiated. That seems to be working well. Under his administration they go after people who don't send their kids to school. These are the same parents who are on felony probation or wanted for violent offenses. Like they give a crap about truancy court

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  • ClarifyApril 29, 2014 - 11:52 am

    Truancy Officer, I'm not sure, are you being sarcastic? If so, what do you suggest is done with these children that are suppose to be in school? I mean, if you're a truancy officer, then, presumably you've considered all options and ideas. What are yours???

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  • Rich GiddensApril 29, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    I've watched those juvenile courts and despite DuBain's promises it's endless second chances down there. There has been no improvement in any metric---its the same old song and dance / dog and pony show.

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  • LarryApril 29, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Thanks Chief Walt Tibbet for your true concern and continue action in fighting crime in Fairfield. The article stated that representatives of Fairfield-Suisun School District will attend this meeting. My question to them what is your plan of action to reduce truancy and chronic student absenteeism in the school district? Would your answer be "We will continue to be silent and continue to do nothing on this question." but will continue to ask our taxpayers for a tax increase to continue there travel throughout the state. Can I get a response from any board member? Also I would like to know if any councilmembers will be attending this meeting?

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  • omydarling21April 29, 2014 - 9:56 am

    They keep focusing on Parkway like stuff is still going down in Parkway. Nothing has happened in there since Terrell died. All that money you guys are spending on Parkway is the biggest waste because all the bad guys have moved on BY CHOICE. None of those street lights or cameras are ever going to catch anything because all of the people who were the problem in Parkway are gone. The police didn't stop or help anything. The bad guys have left by themselves and they aren't in jail or anything. The police did nothing that helped not that they could and the barbecues that have been being held there and around the city aren't bringing anyone that wasn't already cool with each other together. Its just a way to feed the hood and all the high people who stand around all the time. Like how are you helping the community if you aren't even speaking to or reaching the young men who are actually out here shooting?! Holding a barbecue for a whole bunch of already hungry kids and high adults in the hood where the bad guys no longer dwell is not going to make any of these young hooligans think twice about shooting. You have to talk to or interact with the actual people who are beefing, not their moms or their sisters (Because mom is either powerless or incompetent and dad is most likely been long gone), if you want me to believe something that actually MIGHT work is being done. Other than that, quit wasting time and money.

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  • BeeboqueApril 29, 2014 - 10:23 am

    omydarling21: I am going to play Devil's advocate here to say that hosting a community BBQ has minimal impact, instead of 'no impact'. It gives the impression that a community is willing to show their faces in opposition to the takeover of their community. Everyone knows that you aren't going to get the gang-bangers together, unless it's the during chow time in prison. The solution to crime is not BBQ, but it's better than those hungry kids eating a lead sandwich for lunch.

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  • omydarling21April 29, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    Point taken :-)

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  • JoserApril 29, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    They shouldn't hand out BBQ chicken--they should hand out birth control pills.

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  • JoserApril 29, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    Well H00-freekin-ray. But more cops isn't going to solve the problems which arise in the courthouse, when the increased number of arrests hit the District Attorney's desk. And assuming all those arrests are fully prosecuted, the Federal Courts won't allow us to send those deserving miscreants to the prison cell they rightfully deserve. So what have we gained other than a larger payday for the criminal defense bar members? More overtime for the police? The federal government and our state government create more crime with their policies then expect the local government to solve the local crime problem which the Feds and Legislature created??

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