Week-long Redding cleanup removes 9,000 lbs of trash

REDDING — More than 9,000 lbs. of trash was collected at various homeless encampments throughout Redding this week, when officers with Redding PD’s Neighborhood Police Unit and the Community Work Program continued their efforts to address illegal camping and quality of life issues throughout the city.

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During the cleanup, officers contacted numerous subjects in various camps, Redding Police Cpl. Tim Renault reported yesterday; saying officers issued numerous citations for camping, Redding Municipal Code violations, and outstanding warrants.

The locations officers targeted were previously reported to the Redding Police Department as problem areas, according to Renault.

With help from the Community Work Program, Redding NPU officers spent this week cleaning up several areas where homeless encampments had been; collecting more than 9,000 lbs. of trash in the process.

After the cleanup, Redding resident Amy Shaeffer told SCNS she appreciated the officers’ efforts and that she hoped officials would continue cleaning up the city and “ridding our community of all the vagrants, panhandlers, and homeless who are ruining our once beautiful city.”

Contacted while shopping with his wife and two children at a Redding Walmart, James Reed, of Anderson, also said he was happy to hear of the officers’ ongoing sweeps; telling SCNS that although he lives outside the city, he works and shops in Redding and often brings his family into Redding to enjoy its many parks and public areas.

“My wife and children visit Redding often,” Reed explained; saying, “In fact we’re here today to pick up some groceries and see a movie.”

“So I have a vested interest in what happens here,” Reed continued. “And it’s great to see the City’s ongoing efforts to restore Redding back to its former glory.”

After the operation, Renault said his officers would “continue to combat quality of life crimes within our community.”


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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 29 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 16 grandchildren.

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