McFarland Police hosted a town hall Tuesday at the Veterans Center, allowing the community to discuss their concerns and ask questions.
McFarland Police conducts these public meetings every two to three months.
As they gear up for the holidays, with Shop with a Cop and the Christmas Parade around the corner, they reminded residents of the increased crime around this time.
“It’s a time where some of these criminals take that opportunity to victimize our public,” said McFarland Chief of Police, Scot Kimble.
He suggests, “if you’re going out of town for a couple of days or more, give us a phone call if you’d like to, and request extra patrol at your residence.”
The department is also offering an anonymous tip line.
“We continue to need your help, your eyes, and ears, and thoughts,” Kimble said.
The community’s safety concerns included scarce lighting on Perkins Avenue–and whether a recent shooting on the same street was gang-related.
“We’re well aware there are gang issues in every city, and McFarland is no exception. As to whether or not this shooting was gang-related, it’s undetermined at this time, unfortunately,” Kimble said.