DAVIS (CBS13) — Community and labor leaders in Davis are calling on the city to fundamentally change its approach to public safety.
On Monday, activists will be delivering a letter to the mayor calling for the creation of a Department of Public Safety – an entity that would be independent of the city’s police department.READ MORE: 'A Trend That Won't Go Away': Sacramento City Leaders Consider Permanent Plans For Street Dining
Activists say the city should be focusing on public health and proactive services instead of law enforcement and punishment.READ MORE: Sacramento Kings Tickets Back On Sale, But COVID-19 Guidelines Will Discourage Booing Or Yelling
The new department would redirect some calls away from police, including such incidents as welfare checks, code enforcement, traffic enforcement, noise complaints, and abandoned bikes.
Several notable Davis residents – including one former mayor – as well as other activists and organizations have signed the letter.MORE NEWS: Placer County Deputy Investigating Mail Theft Finds Out He Himself Was A Victim