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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