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Danville hosting public safety, business outreach meetings

 

Danville town officials are holding public meetings the next two days focusing on the issues of economic development and public safety.

The first event is a business outreach session set for 7:45-9 a.m. Friday at the Danville Community Center where the town will present the final draft of its first-ever comprehensive economic development plan.

The plan is a policy document that spells out the town government's role in maintaining the community's overall fiscal health, according to town officials. It includes strategies for achieving goals in the categories of fiscal drivers, small businesses and proprietors, economic development and marketing, and quality of place.

Friday morning's outreach session is set to begin with coffee and refreshments at 7:45 a.m., followed by opening comments by Mayor Karen Stepper and a presentation by town consultant EPS beginning at 8 a.m. A question-and-answer session will start at 8:30 a.m.

Then Saturday morning, Danville will host a town hall meeting about efforts to reduce crime trends and prevent crimes in the San Ramon Valley, starting at 10 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Building.

Community members will be able to participate in a hands-on presentation on new technology efforts to reduce crime. Body-worn cameras on local police officers and automated license plate recognition cameras are among the new technology that will be discussed.

Danville police chief Steve Simpkins and Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston will give an update on crime trends in the local area.

Danville police officer Tyler Nelson and police K-9 Rony will provide a demonstration. Also featured will be Danville Police programs such as Volunteers in Police, Youth Academy, SWAT, School Resource and Junior Youth Academy.

The meeting will conclude with a Q&A session with Simpkins and Livingston.

In further news, meeting attendees are invited to attend an open house at 11 a.m. with information tables about the Danville Teen Academy, K-9 program, crime prevention, Volunteers in Police program and Danville Citizens' Academy.

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