CHOWCHILLA RESIDENTS SUPPORT PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES
A recently commissioned independent survey shows Chowchilla residents overwhelmingly support maintaining local public safety services. Ninety percent of residents approved of both the Police and Fire Departments, and strong majorities supported protecting, maintaining and expanding public safety services.
“We’re gratified that our residents feel that we’re doing such an excellent job” said Police Chief David Riviere. “Our police officers and volunteer firefighters work hard to keep Chowchilla safe, and we want to continue providing the services our residents rely on,” he added. “However, 80% of residents believe the City’s crime rate has increased significantly in the last few years, and 61% of residents say gangs and drugs are significant issues in the community.”
Residents agreed the City needs additional funding for public safety services, to address these concerns and state takeaways from Chowchilla’s budget.
“Over the last ten years, Sacramento has taken nearly $3 million in local funds from Chowchilla, making it harder and harder to provide police and fire services at the level our residents expect and deserve,” said Mayor Dennis Haworth.
Residents expressed support for key public safety services, including maintaining drug and gang enforcement and prevention services, protecting the local police department, and maintaining 911 fire and emergency medical response times. Said Fire Chief Harry Turner, “Chowchilla’s fire and police respond to more calls for fire and medical emergencies each year, and it’s getting tougher to maintain our fast response times.” He added, “We must do more to ensure every call for fire or a medical emergency receives a fast response and saves lives.”
“We look forward to continuing to discuss our vital community service needs and evaluating how best to maintain these services, particularly public safety and protecting our local funds” continued Mayor Haworth. “We are committed to keeping the public informed about the steps we can take to ensure that Chowchilla remains safe and provides the kinds of services our residents need.”