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Local leaders talk crime with Merchant Crime Watch

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Redding's Merchant Crime Watch held a meeting with some local leaders to discuss the area's efforts to approach community crime.

At Wednesday's meeting at the Red Lion Hotel, the hot button issues were covered.

The audience was addressed by the Shasta County Sheriff, Redding Police Chief, Redding City Manager and representatives from the Redding Chamber of Commerce.

Issues addressed included jail space, the Stillwater Business Park, Bethel funding, the RPD Neighborhood Policing Unit, taxes, deputy and officer shortages.

Redding Police Chief Roger Moore said while the issues are still there, things are looking up.

"Are we frustrated? Yes. Are you frustrated at times? Yes," Moore said. "But together, we are making a difference in this city and about seven months ago, we just switched gears a little bit to address some of the issues that, you know, that (were) affecting you and affecting your business and that was the quality of life issues."

While some members of the crowd did have questions, the general feel of the meeting was that the city of Redding is headed in the right direction.

Redding City Manager Barry Tippin made a point to say that even with the issues at hand, Redding is a beautiful place to live and the members of the community are very generous.

Ed Rullman with the Redding Merchant Crime Watch encouraged those interested in the organization to become a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

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