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Posted by stephenm,
Recently, both the Sacramento PD and Sheriff’s Department have been reducing patrols, and the PD recently only narrowly avoided layoffs. The Sacramento PD has acknowledged that simply does not have the resources to investigate many crimes, and the overwhelming majority of property crimes go uninvestigated. The District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office recently stated that they did not have the resources to prosecute and defend accused criminals meaning many criminals will remain free. To top things off, the Federal Courts have ordered prisoner releases to relieve overcrowding. This all occurs against the backdrop of court decisions stating that the PD cannot be held liable for preventing crime — i.e., the people are responsible for their own safety.
With this reality, will Chief Braziel be revisiting the PD’s concealed weapons permit standards that deny upstanding and law abiding citizens the means of defending themselves?
I certainly understand your concern. We have to do more with less during economic crises. That being said, crimes against persons far outweigh property crimes. It is not to say that we aren’t doing anything about property crimes, it is just that they aren’t as high a priority. The quality of service hasn’t changed, just the kinds of calls we respond to. For instance, a cold burglary call, where there are no suspects on scene, and no cause for citizens to be in danger can be pending until an officer is free. There is also an online option for citizens to report crimes, freeing up patrol officers to handle higher priority calls for service.
As far as carrying concealed weapons, to be honest with you, more people are injured and/or killed with their own handguns. You have a right to protect yourself, but the average citizen doesn’t need to tote a concealed gun, and this is coming from my prior service as a military officer and police officer. The policy for carrying concealed handguns will remain unchanged.
Thank you for writing.