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: Protesters In Placerville Call For Noose To Remain In City's Logo
Activists say the city should be focusing on public health and proactive services instead of law enforcement and punishment.READ MORE: Police Responding To Intruder Call Swarm Natomas Home To Discover Roomba As Cleaning Culprit
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: Family Calls For Help In Finding Missing Modesto Mother Of 2 Allegedly Kidnapped At Gunpoint