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.

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Activists say the city should be focusing on public health and proactive services instead of law enforcement and punishment.

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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.

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