Calling public safety a common concern among residents throughout California, Secretary of State Bill Jones on Friday predicted a "new era" in which government and the public offer greater support of law enforcement.
Addressing more than 200 people at an awards ceremony hosted by the Valley Community Legal Foundation, Jones said a heightened concern over crime would cause residents to rally behind law enforcement in the same way that public support for the military grew during the Cold War.
Jones, the former Republican assemblyman who authored the state's "three-strikes" legislation, said concern over public safety cuts across all races and backgrounds.
"We are in many ways in California an experiment in communal living," he said. "We can [succeed] if we focus on what pulls us together."