FAIRFIELD — Mayor Harry Price called Tuesday for the establishment of a nine-member Mayor’s Commission on Crime to develop ideas that can be put in place to address violence in the city.
His proposal, made at the City Council meeting, won support from other Fairfield council members and the chief of police.
Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro said the commission, planned to have representatives from homeowner associations, neighborhood watch, nonprofits, the Chamber of Commerce and other groups, can provide a fresh outlook.
“New words from different people are welcome,” Vaccaro said.
Councilwoman Pam Bertani, who proposed during a town hall last week that a task force be established on crime, said she sees that undertaking as ongoing while the commission is proposed to complete a report by September.
Bertani, speaking after the council meeting, said the task force she’s proposing is modeled after San Mateo County where crime in East Palo Alto dropped sharply with help from a task force.
Police Chief Walt Tibbet said of the commission Price proposed: “This is another wonderful vehicle for us to try to engage people.”
“It can be nothing but positive,” Tibbet said after the council meeting.
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