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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Heather Graves, (209) 652-0514
Release Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 5:45:00 PM

Officers Clear an Area of Blight


Release Date: November 6, 2013 

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations Unit  

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354

Author: Heather Graves



Modesto, CA- Complaints from businesses prompted a patrol officer to initiate a collaborative clean-up project along Highway 99.



After receiving complaints of illegal camping along the eastside embankment of Highway 99, south of Briggsmore Ave, a patrol officer teamed up with members of the Crime Reduction Team and officials from Cal Trans to begin a two-week project to abate the nuisance site.  Officers posted illegal camping notices around the location and issued citations to individuals who did not comply with the ordinance.  Yesterday the collaborative team ended their project by conducting an extensive clean-up of the area. 


During the clearing of the encampments, dangerous items associated with drug and alcohol use were located.  With the large amount of debris, bulky items and graffiti removed, officers believe the location will be less attractive to individuals conducting illegal activity and provide a more attractive sight for those traveling through Modesto.


If you have any information regarding criminal activity please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637.  Just type “TIP704” along with your message.


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