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Update to Staffing Cuts

   Area 1 Community/Police Roundtable - November 14, 1998
Citizens Community Watch

SACRAMENTO POLICE DEPARTMENT - Crimewatch Public Safety Committees

Community/Police Issues Roundtable discussion group - CONTACT - Dave Jenest  448-2619
915 27th Street (Hart Senior Center)
 
 Topics
 
  • ABC Enforcement options for problem liquor establishments  
  • Trespassing Laws 
  • Citizen's Arrest 
  • SPD Communication Center 
  • Neighborhood Watch 
  • Crime Prevention 
 Solutions and Ideas
 
  • Resources available, loitering enforcement etc. etc. 
  • Application of the law, citizen responsibilities 
  • Rights & Responsibilities - Safeguards 
  • ComCenter Issues, Report Writers, 911 tips 
  • How it works - Community/Police Partnership 
  • Displacement of Crime - successes and strategies 
Community/Police Issues Roundtable

ABC Strategies, Trespassing Laws, Citizen's Arrest, Communications Center Issues, Neighborhood/Community Watch guidelines were covered in a roundtable Saturday at the Hart  Senior Center - 915 27th Street from 8:45 to noon. The participants worked on these and other issues that have been long standing concerns of public safety and officer safety activists. A detailed report covering the topics and action plan will be available here soon. 

This was our first problem solving meeting with our new Sector 1 Captain Jim Hyde. As the session got underway, we were joined by Deputy City Manager David Martinez, Area 1 Manager Max Fernandez, Neighborhood Services' Gary Ziegenfuss, Code Enforcement's Ron O'Conner, County Supervisor Roger Dickinson and Felony Team 1 DA Joe Williams. 

SPD's ABC Liaison Eric Nygren led off with an overview of enforcement strategies and how neighborhood activist could work to support his efforts with problem establishments. A report on several actions in the last few weeks was delivered. An Alkali Flat watch team hooked up with Erik to work on a loitering problem at one target location. 

Officer Pete Boelman supported by Deputy DA Joe Williams walked through trespass laws, revisions to the signage requirements and discussion about legislative initiatives the group would like to bring back next session. Hand out materials on specific examples and the law were passed out. The long sought after reduction in sign size policy was achieved. A more detailed program in cooperation with Law&Leg. was set as a priority for next year. Joe left chart size and letter size code descriptions that will be used in future workshops. Our thanks to Joe Williams who's never let us down in court and is willing to help us gain that "legal edge" when the time counts.

Sgt. Tom Cooper opened the discussion on Citizen's Arrest and provided detailed literature on the law, rights and responsibilities of both officers and the citizen. While the group holds that confrontation is discouraged, observe and report the primary mission, it was agreed that further training is necessary for those willing to go the extra distance. The Citizen's Academy was one option offered along with a follow-up watch specific class for those interested in  safety and procedures. Excellent documentation accompanied the session along with intended future discussions with the DA on legal issues raised today.  
 

Patty McGeary, second in command at the Communication Center, listened closely to proposals to improve communications and accountability with her staff. There was specific discussion about INF-P policy and it's potential expansion to support community activist engaged in neighborhood watch. A direct line to Patty was offered to resolve personnel concerns and call handling. Of all the topics, this was one that had long standing concerns and an opportunity emerged to get down to the nitty-gritty. There was a pledge from us for future citizen support on fiscal issues and facilities that needs to come before council one day. Meanwhile, an expanded session will be worked out with assistance of Captain Hyde to deal with our 'laundry list'. Great interest was expressed by all in attendance that this be a focused, multi-part ongoing process. Saturday's were suggested by Patty, as the best time to schedule classes. Our watch groups need your help!  Thank you for giving of your time Patty. 

Neighborhood Watch and Crime Prevention issues suffered under time constraints. Jim Maccoun gave a detailed report on strategies and enforcement activity over the past month in the high impact areas that concern us most. The number of arrest of parolees and career criminals is an encouraging sign and well supported by the community representatives attending that live there. 

Issues of privacy, use video documentation and the fine line of agents of police vs activism were covered. The process to shield CI's was covered in some detail. A number of attendees expressed concern that more time wasn't allotted to this area and both city officials and SPD agreed that another round-table style meeting combined with workshops is needed as soon  as possible. Staff has a plan to facilitate it in the very near future. We all agree that it's risen to a level beyond the standard 'crime prevention' fare and more on the RCPI advanced training resources along with code enforcement and revitalization might be considered. Flyers on focused crime prevention workshop next week were passed out. 

Materials provided at today's session will be posted in a new training section on these web pages. Follow the progress at: Roundtable Results and Training Room. I think our expectations of today's new beginning, that proved open, candid, honest and fresh, were fulfilled, sets the tone for next year and is supported by a new command in Sector 1. Guests from other areas of the city seemed interested in taking the concepts explored today back to their communities. Special thanks again to Jim Hyde, Mike Mc Carthy, Tom Cooper and the other officers for a job well done. 


WEST MIDTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION - NAAG

PAT YOURSELVES ON THE BACK
Our Area 1 Community/Police Roundtable was CLONED

Networking with Neighbors
What does DIVERSITY look like?


 It wasn't just about PROBLEMS  ... it was about REAL SOLUTIONS!

How often do we attend community meetings where we're forced to listen rather than being listened to? How about those City Council or County Board of Supervisor sessions where we have two or three minutes to make our case or ask question, only to hear... NEXT !
 

(L to R) Marichal Brown (CSCA Moderator), Guest Panel: Michael Craft (Goldriver Youth Foundation), Chief Scott Harris (Sac Sheriff Dept), County Supervisor Roger Dickinson, Councilmember Lauren Hammond, Capt. Sam Somers (SPD),
Capt. Scott LaCosse (SPD) and Crimewatch Dave Jenest.



Police Staffing Breakout Sessions: No Kool Aid - just FACTS!
Even folks who have issues with police agreed we need more.


To Our Oak Park and South Sac Neighbors

THANK YOU fore being gracious hosts!

  Candid Clicks
Lots of networking going on after the main session. Five Midtown Crimewatch members and their Oak Park delegate joined the CSCA team effort.  Click images for full size photos.


 

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