I was glad to have been part of last Friday’s public safety summit in Merced. Holding events such as these can create some logistical challenges, especially when it addresses an issue that residents are passionate about. It was the intention of all of the panel members to give our constituents an update on the new Violence Interruption/Prevention Emergency Response (VIPER) program that we recently included in the California state budget, which will coordinate resources throughout several law enforcement jurisdictions.
The attendees were gracious with their time in listening to the various experts and officials, and unfortunately we did not have more time for public comment at the conclusion. I listened intently to each of those who came up to present their opinion. If there was anyone who waited and didn’t have an opportunity to voice their concerns and suggestions, I would like to hear from them.
If you would like to find out more about the VIPER program and how this will make Merced a safer place to live and grow your business, contact me through my website (www.senate.ca.gov/cannella) or call my office, 209 726-5495. I appreciate hearing from members of the community on any topic. Please let us know what you think.
Sen. Anthony Cannella, 12th Senate District