A Quality Life Begins with Safety

Doris on Safety:

Safety matters. Safety and security are among the most basic human needs, and a safe, secure environment in which to live, work, and raise a family is of utmost importance to all of us in Napa.

We chose Napa. We live here. Is Napa Safe?

Understanding Safety

Let’s look at the role of a police officer: Police officers are employees of the law enforcement agency of Napa. Often called policemen or 
policewomen, police officers swear an oath to protect and serve the citizens of Napa. They are warranted by the government to enforce the law by arresting criminals and detecting and preventing crimes. Because keeping the peace is a primary need of society, police officers have been around since civilization began. They are usually viewed as heroes within their communities due to the often-dangerous situations they encounter in service to the public.

A police officer’s primary duty is to maintain public order. Patrol officers on foot, in a car, on a motorcycle or even horseback spend their days dealing with individuals who break the law. There are the typical traffic violations that need to be dealt with of course, but police officers also receive calls to investigate burglaries or other serious crimes.

So how is Napa doing? Great, as most who rank cities for safety, we are consistently a B or better.

How do we achieve such great scores?

  • Police: It is our 76 sworn personnel, and 71 professional staff that all proudly serve Napa and keep us safe. They respond to a variety of calls for service 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Fire: Our fire department culture is one of great pride – both in customer service and servant leadership. Positive personal and professional relationships are some of the keys to our success.

As I look at the new hotels we plan to build, coupled with the new apartments and houses under construction – it causes me to pause. Have we staffed-up for this growth in our police and fire departments?

As a Napa resident, it is of critical importance to me that we have adequate police and fire protection. By building and growing, ARE WE adding police and fire as fast as we are adding visitors and new residents? This is a growing concern of mine, not a new concern, as I stated this back in 2014, 2015 & 2016 while running for the City Council.

A great elected official looks at where we are today – and ponders where will we be tomorrow. Are we safe? Will we remain safe? What more can/should we do to protect our citizens? Our awesome Chief of Police, Robert Plummer and our Fire Chief, Steve Brassfield and I have had many discussions about staffing and how to add more.

It is our job to keep our residents safe. With every breath, this is my passion and mission. A safe community is where I want to raise my family. How about you?

Join the team – Doris Gentry for Mayor – let’s keep Napa SAFE!


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