Today’s Date: August 24, 2017
Submitted By: John P. Miller, Chief of Police
Phone: (530) 795-2261
Title: Putah Creek “swept” by Winters Police and Public Works
On August 24, 2017, Officers from the Winters Police Department, with the assistance by members of Winters
Public Works, conducted a “sweep” of the Putah Creek area and its embankment in response to complaints of
transient encampments with excessive refuse, including human waste.
Three encampments were located between First Street and Railroad Ave. Two of the encampments were
unoccupied and items of value were taken for safekeeping at the Winters Police Department. Refuse, including trash and perishable goods, were disposed of. Winters Police Department and Winters Public Works assisted the occupant of the third encampment to pack his belongings and dispose of his accumulated trash and refuse. Winters Police Department personnel also gave the occupant material on available resources for homeless. A fourth abandoned encampment was also located and the remaining trash was collected. The refuse and trash cleared from the creek area filled the Public Works’ dump truck.
Additionally, another subject was contacted near the I-505 over-crossing napping on the trail on dumped couch cushions and blankets. The subject was on active probation and had failed to report to Yolo Probation Department; however, a warrant had not been entered into the system, yet. The subject was advised to contact Probation Department no later than the next day to avoid a warrant being issued.
Although homelessness is an unfortunate circumstance, it is vitally important to keep the creek area clear of this type of refuse and trash for the public’s health as well as the health of our waterways and natural resources.