Town hall on crime set in Fairfield

By From page A4 | April 18, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Police Department at an April 29 community meeting will discuss how law enforcement is addressing recent crime and provide additional strategies on crime, blight and homelessness in the city.

Police Chief Walt said Fairfield-Suisun School District officials are part of the 6 to 8 p.m. event at Willow Hall in the Fairfield Community Center.

Tibbet spoke about the expanded partnership between the city and school district to address truancy and dropouts – and the problem of youths who left school and began lives of crime.

“These are people who dropped out of school at an early age and were lost on the street,” he said.

Other issues Fairfield faces include the concentration of liquor stores in the city on North Texas Street from Travis Boulevard to Air Base Parkway – an area that also has the largest concentration of crime in Fairfield, Tibbet said.

The chief also spoke about Police Department success.

“Our track record is very solid on solving major cases,” Tibbet said.

The town hall will take up strategies to address homelessness as well as efforts now underway.

“We have not been successful in addressing homelessness under the current models,” Tibbet said.

Some homeless people after receiving free clothes and food are not motivated to end drug use, the chief said.

The Police Department is inviting Neighborhood Watch groups, business organizations and the public to attend. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

Tibbet said Fairfield has been able to keep 10 officers whose positions were paid for with a federal grant.

He noted less than 10 percent of law enforcement applicants meet qualifications that include physical and psychological testing, background checks and academic requirements.

One of the reasons behind establishing the Public Safety Academy in Fairfield is to help produce a local pool of candidates for police positions, the chief said.

“For the long term,” Tibbet said, “we hope to grow our own.”

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  • 2realApril 18, 2014 - 5:08 am

    Chief walt disney, homeless people are about two percent of my worries. The other 98 is the murderers gangbangers and everybody else you refuse to keep locked up! Get a grip, start kickin in doors, takin people to jail and take guns of the street then maybe we will feel safe. At least for the few months their in jail.

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  • The MisterApril 18, 2014 - 6:39 am

    What a great time to commit a crime... when the cops are at the town hall crime meeting!

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  • CD BrooksApril 18, 2014 - 7:14 am

    I'm guessing this will be a full house. So far I haven't heard anyone addressing traffic laws. The largest group of criminals in this and most cities is made up of people driving cars/trucks, riding bicycles and motorcycles. Once the law decided they weren't important enough, it opened the doors to some of the most egregious offenses including DUI and trafficking in any number of illegal paraphernalia. Bring back enforcement crime goes away. Ongoing patrols observing zero tolerance with stiff penalties makes it stay away. Not sure why this is so difficult?

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  • BeeboApril 18, 2014 - 8:31 am

    @ CD Brooks -- I hear you. I will feel much safer when we get these dangerous bicycles off of the street. I am tired of these ride-by shootings and all of the tons of paraphernalia that are transported by these monsters. I don't lock my doors because of the thives and murderers, I lock them because of these bicyclists. Get the bikes off of the street, and watch Fairfield turn back into the heaven it once was.

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  • CD BrooksApril 18, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Beebo, totally cynical and in my face, but I like it! :)

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  • LarsApril 18, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Lets see if they cancel this one!

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  • clancyApril 18, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    But if they enforce the law won't they be violating the thugs rights?

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 18, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    Two dogs in a fight? You wanna' break it up? Grab the smaller dog! Easier to handle. A coupla' years ago a civil lawsuit was filed. It was filed against a local street/prison gang/terrorist group. A trial was held. A result was obtained from the trial--the decision was against the local gang/prison gang/terrorist group. An injunction was granted to the City of Fairfield against the Norteno criminal street gang/prison gang/terrorist group. Now perhaps Chief Tibbet can address the current lack of will to pursue a similar injunction against the bigger dog. I usually won't like to ask other commenters to comment, but would like to hear annon's and ff64's thoughts on this comment.

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  • mescApril 18, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    I'M A VICTIM. I WANT MY BBQ. forgoodnessake what does one have to do to get a BBQ? Stop this nonsense of expecting me to feed myself and family.

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