For Immediate Release
September 6, 2013
Project Safe Sequoia Station
Redwood City, CA -- The Redwood City Police Department recently launched PROJECT SAFE -- a comprehensive, long-term response plan to address public safety concerns and quality of life issues at Sequoia Station that directly and indirectly affect the enjoyable utilization of the transit hub and patronage of shopping center businesses. This long-term and on-going commitment is anticipated to reduce crime and improve quality of life surrounding Sequoia Station Shopping Center and the Redwood City transit hub.
Project SAFE is a multi-faceted approach that uses a variety of resources to address public safety concerns and quality of life issues present at the center. All public and private partners in Project Safe's collaboration are committed to the time, effort, and dedicated resources for the implementation and success of this project. The police department has significantly increased law enforcement presence at Sequoia Station through rotational patrol assignments and is working with the business owners and "Regency Centers" to make environmental changes to enhance public safety.
The key to the program is its partnerships. The collaboration consists of the Redwood City Police Department, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Transit Police, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, Safeway and CVS Pharmacy property owners, Regency Centers property management, stakeholder business tenants of Sequoia Station, Forbes Security, and a host of both public and private social service organizations.
The program began on August 9, 2013. "The program has been very successful in building collaborative partnerships with our committed stakeholders and improving the enjoyable experience in utilizing Sequoia Station for shopping and as a transportation hub," explains Police Chief JR Gamez. "Several visitors, commuters, and business owners have reported noticeable improvements in the area since Project Safe."
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Dan Mulholland, Captain
Redwood City Police Department