Chief Robert F. Paoletti

Chief Robert F. Paoletti I am honored to be the Chief of Police for the City of Redding and commit to you that I will ensure the standards of this department remain high. We will continually seek to improve our performance and level of service, despite the challenges we all face.
 
I ask each of you to please drive safely as it is a great responsibility. The Redding Police Department will continue to work tirelessly to enforce safe driving habits, but it is ultimately a community responsibility. Safe driving prevents collisions, and the injuries they cause. Please drive the speed limit, obey traffic control devices and limit distractions while driving.
 
As resources have become restricted due to the economy, it becomes even more imperative for communities to communicate with the police department and each other. Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch programs are invaluable tools for bringing communities together in a concerted effort to recognize and report potential criminal conduct. Crime prevention is the key to our success at this time. We are not only challenged by reduced staffing levels, but also limited jail space and the negative effects of prison realignment. We can no longer take for granted the safety of our property. We must be diligent to keep a watchful eye for our safety and the safety of others.

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Quarterly Town Hall

July 6, 2016, 6:00pm - July 6, 2016, 10:00pm

Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti will hold his quarterly Town Hall Meeting. Citizens, business members and community leaders are encouraged to attend.

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Robbery Investigation

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, at approximately 11:00 PM, Officer Will Williams was off duty visiting with a friend in the 600 block of Overhill Drive in Redding. Officer Williams’ friend, Heather Legault, 36 years, of Redding told Officer Williams her 2014 Jeep had just been burglarized. Ms. Legault also reported she had seen a suspicious subject in her neighborhood approximately 30 minutes before the burglary. She provided this description to Officer Williams.

As Officer Williams was assisting Ms. Legault in securing her damaged vehicle, Ms. Legault saw the same suspicious subject emerging from Ms. Legault’s side yard. Based on the circumstances, Officer Williams approached the suspect, identified himself as an off-duty police officer, and ordered the suspect to stop. The suspect continued to walk away at which time Officer Williams again ordered him to stop. As the suspect continued to walk away, he produced a container of bear mace and attempted spraying Officer Williams but missed.

At that point, the suspect became somewhat compliant and began to remove what was later determined to be stolen property from his pockets. Officer Williams re-advised the suspect he was an off-duty police officer and needed to check him for additional weapons. As Officer Williams began to check the suspect, he felt what he identified as a handgun in one of the suspect’s pockets. The suspect immediately grabbed at the firearm in an apparent attempt to stop Officer Williams from obtaining the handgun. Officer Williams was able to overpower the suspect and force the firearm away from him. The suspect then fled on foot.

Once on-duty Redding Police officers arrived on scene, the investigation revealed several vehicles in the area had been burglarized. One of the victims was an off-duty Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputy. The firearm Officer Williams seized from the suspect was determined to have recently been stolen from a locked container inside the deputy’s locked vehicle.

Surveillance video from one of the victim’s residence captured images of the suspect. He is described as a White male, 25-30 years, 6’3”, 165 lbs., brown hair, wearing a khaki colored trench coat, black hooded sweatshirt, and black pants. Anyone having information regarding the identity of this suspect is asked to call the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4200.
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