Newsom unveils Public Safety Plan to fight retail crime

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Amid an increase in retail crime in California, on Friday Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a public safety plan that, according to the governor’s office, would aggressively fight and prevent crime in the state.

The Real Public Safety Plan would bolster local law enforcement response, ensure prosecutors hold offenders accountable and get guns and drugs off the street.

“We’re doubling down on our public safety investments and partnerships with law enforcement officials up and down the state to ensure Californians and small businesses feel safe in their communities – a fundamental need we all share,” said Governor Newsom. 

Under the new plan, a permanent Smash and Grab Enforcement Unit would be led by CHP and funding would be provided for a statewide organized theft team in the Attorney General’s Office to prosecute cross-jurisdictional theft-related crimes.

The plan would also create the largest gun buyback program in the country while providing grants for local law enforcement, prosecutors and small business victimized by retail theft.

“That’s what the Real Public Safety Plan is about – keeping Californians safe by doubling down and allocating additional resources to fight and prevent crime,” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta.

Newsom last month directed CHP to increase its presence in highly-trafficked shopping areas through the holiday season to assist allied partners in the apprehension of criminals.

His office on Friday reiterated that protecting public safety and addressing organized retail crime has been a top priority.

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