45 cited, 8 arrested, during Redding park sweep – 3,000 pounds of trash, property collected

REDDING — After recently noticing a dramatic increase in the amount of unlawful, overnight sleeping and camping, as well as discarded trash spread throughout Redding’s South City Park, Redding PD officers conducted an enforcement operation aimed at focusing on quality of life issues within the park, located directly adjacent Redding Public Library.

In total, officers issued 45 citations, arrested eight people, and towed one vehicle, during the overnight operation at the park, which began Wednesday evening, Aug. 22, and ended Thursday morning, Aug. 23, according to Redding PD.

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Redding PD’s sweep began at around at 10:30 p.m., shortly after the park’s closing, when officers contacted numerous individuals who were in the park after hours. Those individuals were cited for being in the park and advised to leave.

RPD officers collected more than 2,100 pounds of trash and nearly 800 pounds of personal belongings during a recent quality of life crime sweep at South City Park. RPD photo

Officers returned later the next morning at 4 a.m., only to discover several more people camping in the park, Redding Police Cpl. S. Llamas explained in a social media release after the cleanup operation.

“All subjects were contacted and cited for a variety of Redding Municipal Code violations such as unlawful camping, open alcohol containers, and (being) in the park after hours,” wrote Llamas.

Officers then collected more than 2,100 pounds of trash from within the park, which included “dilapidated shade structures, destroyed camping tents and mattresses which had been abandoned in the park for several days,” according to Llamas. All the discarded and collected trash was later transported to the City of Redding Transfer Station.

Officers also collected an additional 780 pounds of personal property from people who were arrested and their property was later booked at Redding PD for safekeeping.

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Redding Police Department plans on continuing the quality of life crime sweeps, which they say are conducted regularly “to better our community and help make our parks family friendly and safe,” Llamas wrote after the successful, overnight operation.

All personal property collected from the park was later booked into RPD for safekeeping. RPD photo

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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