December 18, 1999  Steve Hinkson - CCW's Top Cop Honor Roll for 1999

We're going to miss him!

Citizens Community Watch


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Sgt. Steve Hinkson, Sector 1 Day Watch



Sgt. Steve Hinkson named to
Midtown Top Cop Honor Roll

Steve is one of those guys that never lets you down. Whether is getting an update on an arrest (Like the recent burglary series) or sharing a street cop's expertise and resources to the Neighborhood Response Team (A code enforcement task force). Midtown's loss will be South Area's gain.


Steve is a twenty-three year veteran of SPD starting in 1977. He's worked in Crime Analysis, Office of Investigation, two DUI grant funded programs and as a crime scene investigator.  He's married with six children ranging in ages seven to twenty-four. Perhaps that explains one of his off duty passions, the Boy Scouts. Steve originally hails from the Eureka area and graduated from Sac State before joining SPD.

  Top Cop Honor Roll to one of SPD's best
Over the last year or so, Steve has assisted Community Watch and other neighborhood activists with a variety of projects and issues too numerous to list here. What I appreciate most is his willingness to critique our watch activities and not mince words. One of our first encounters was over a 911 call and a problem communicating with SPD Dispatch. He took the time to review the Com Center tape and point to improvements on both sides. One of the things we did thanks to Steve is upgrade our cordless phone system at the Community Watch Center.  In the end, the bad guy was caught and convicted for the burglaries he was doing all over midtown. Steve was not afraid to confirm the story of a bad guy refused booking in the County Jail because he had a rash and the jail nurse rejected him. We're still looking into "I'm too depressed to go to jail" or other sometimes questionable issues.

A framed piece of paper can't really express the appreciation I feel for the positive attitude and sense of equal partnership Steve forged with members of our community and with our watch effort.  It's hard to make a choice for Top Cop honors because there are a lot of men and women who serve Sacramento so well. But it's not hard to pick that handful that rise above and beyond the Call of Duty.  You'll be missed buddy!


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