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[VIDEO] One less bike thief due to Midtown residents

One less “alleged” bike thief, and his tools, is off the streets of Sacramento due to Midtown residents jumping into action early Saturday morning. “Officers responded to an incident involving several citizens restraining a bike thief,” Sacramento Police Department posted in their daily log today. “The reporting parties heard a suspicious sound that came from the front of their home. They looked out to see the suspect trying to take one of the roommates’ bicycles. The subject was able to be detained until police arrived. The suspect was booked for attempted theft and possession of burglary tools.” The suspect claimed to have suffered from a seizure while in the back of the police car. Sacramento Fire Department was dispatched and the suspect was transported to the hospital via paramedics to get checked out before taken to jail and booked. Lance and Brian tell the story of how they apprehended the suspect…

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Agenda item 12, should you be concerned?

Tuesday’s City Council got interesting right around item twelve. The City Budget was up for discussion and many constituents were not happy how Measure U funds were dispersed when it came to public safety, “restoration of essential services” and police staffing. We ask you… when/if you voted on Measure U, what did you think you were voting for and in the end do you feel you got what you voted for? Henry Harry talks about Measure U FROM THE AGENDA: 12. Fiscal Year (FY) 2013/14 Midyear Budget Report (Continued from 02/04/2014) Report # 2014-00004 Estimated Time: 45 minutes Location: Citywide Recommendation: Pass a Resolution 1) amending the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013/14 Approved Budget as necessary to implement the City’s financial plan for the remainder of the year; and 2) authorizing the City Manager to implement the approved budget adjustments. Contact: Leyne Milstein, Director of Finance, (916) 808-8491; Dawn Holm, Budget Manager, (916) 808-5574, Department of Finance Here’s are some items we put together to give more of a visual and documented impact of reduced law enforcement: We will have updates and more video from Tuesday’s Measure U and Fiscal Year Budget Hearing later in the week. Be sure to check back. [View the story "Sacramento Police Staffing Impact, Sacramento, CA" on Storify]

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Public Safety Weekend Recap, Jan. 17-20, 2014

In this Public Safety Weekend recap… A special fire danger message from Cal Fire’s Daniel Berlant, Public Information Officer, In Downtown, a body is discovered in the area of 10th and W Streets, In Rio Linda, a bicyclist dies in the street, possible medical situation, In LandPark, SacPD’s Air1 makes an emergency landing, In Midtown, a felonious tire-slashing suspect arrested after slashing the tires of several cars, …and more [View the story "Sacramento Public Safety Weekend Recap, Fri- Mon, Jan. 17-20, 2014" on Storify]

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Public Safety week in review, Mon – Thur, Jan. 13th to 16th

In this Public Safety week in review… In Strawberry Manor, several vehicles struck by drive-by gunfire In South Sacramento, pharmacy robbed at gunpoint In Rancho Cordova, Deputies arrest alleged suspect  in rash of residential burglaries In Natomas, Officers seek a possible witness of a fatal collision At CSUS, another suspicious package found on campus, situation begins to ware on students In Downtown, SacPD donates bikes and supplies for homeless kids …and more [View the story "Public Safety week in review, Jan. 13-16, 2014" on Storify]

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Public Safety Weekend Recap, Jan. 11-13, 2014

In this Public Safety weekend recap… In North Highlands, an auto part store robbery turns homicide. In Citrus Heights, a house catches fire twice in one day, under investigation as suspicious. In South Sac, a reported stolen vehicle occupied by children turns out to be father’s fax pa. In Oak Park, an alleged drunk driver leaves his two passengers injured in a major Broadway crash. In Midtown, an intoxicated subject assaults a SacPD officer. …and more [View the story "Public Safety Weekend Recap, Jan. 10th - 12th, 2014" on Storify]

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Opinion: SN&R: Raising Important Issues and Manipulating Readers

One of the greatest disappointments which exists in the local Sacramento media is not that the mainstream television and newspapers often missing important stories or shying away from controversial stories but that the alternative media sources in the city, specifically the Sacramento News and Review(SN&R), which do report on them finds it necessary not to fully explore the issues they write about, omitting relevant facts, and often also manipulating language to draw the sympathy of the reader. Both practices make a critical reading of the paper over the past few months a great disappointment. The pattern of writing/editing choices makes it intentional “journalistic malpractice” and does a disservice to those it seeks to support. A review of two specific stories published in the past few weeks serve as examples of this “malpractice”. The first story is from the December 5th edition of the paper entitled “Desperately Seeking Justice” concerns a Sacramento sex worker[prostitute] who was assaulted by her client and one of his friends(the story’s tag line was: When a Sacramento sex worker is assaulted, the system often treats her like a criminal instead of a victim). The story starts off clearly suggesting that the woman featured in the story was clearly a prostitute and was headed to an appointment to ply that trade. There is no dispute that this fact does not condone what […]

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Community Call Box, presented by the Sacramento Police Department

“The Community Call Box” Location: Panera Bread, 2731 DelPaso Rd, Suite 120 (inside the Safeway complex) Date and Time: Saturday December 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM In years past, police officers patrolled our neighborhoods on foot. Periodically throughout their shift officers  would check in to strategically placed “Call Boxes” within their neighborhoods see if any matters needed tending to. In an effort to provide a more personal level of service to the citizens of our neighborhoods, we would like to invite you to your community Call Box. Come by and meet the officers responsible for your neighborhood, express neighborhood concerns, have a ticket signed off, ask an opinion, or simply come by and say “Hi” and join us for a cup of coffee. We would love to meet our neighbors!

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Where there are “no people”, there is fire!

“I’ve got a potential big story for ya… it’s a homeless impact situation that the city has no way of acquiring the fiscal impact data which is potentially a significant percentage of the city budget…. it’s public safety and city budget…It’s a mystery how occupied houses catch fire all by themselves…no electricity of gas either to spark them off.” ——Tip on under-/unreported fires from a local source Houses catch on fire all the time. It is the main reason that municipalities maintain fire departments. Not startling news to anyone. Things happen: a stove gets left on and food catches on fire, an electrical outlet overheats or has frayed wiring, etc. However, how do you explain such fires when the house is in foreclosure or the last tenant has moved out and the utilities are shut off? An arsonist? Yes, a possible explanation, but investigators are trained to detect this and have ways of seeing patterns in the activity. Investigations are launched by law enforcement. Sacramento is facing a more complex reason for a series of fires of suspicious origins across the entire city. It is a reason that is not codible, classifiable in reports. It is a reason that is politically and socially uncomfortable for many people. It is also a problem because of the cost in lost manpower time for the Sacramento Fire Department […]

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SacFire responds to string of bikepath arson fires

Sacramento and West Sacramento firefighters responded to a string of set brush fires Saturday evening along the bike trail. The fires were located near Jibboom Street between the I Street bridge and Discovery Park. The blazes were quickly contained but kept fire crews busy chasing the string of fires. There is no description of the arsonist at this point said Craig Weidenhoeft, Battalion Chief, Sacramento Fire Department. Weidenhoeft and fire crews patrolled the area for additional fire starts; none were found.

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10K Neighbors Strong and Counting!

In June of this year the Sacramento Police Department established a partnership with the social media company Nextdoor. Nextdoor is a private social media platform that neighbors can use to communicate amongst each other and directly with the Sacramento Police Department staff that are assigned to their neighborhood.  When we formed the partnership with Nextdoor our goal was to connect 10,000 Sacramento neighbors by June of 2014. We are very pleased to announce that after only six months we have surpassed our goal of connecting 10,000 neighbors! Over 85 percent of Sacramento neighborhoods are now represented on Nextdoor and our neighborhood watch groups have increased over 300 percent.  And this is just the beginning! As Nextdoor in Sacramento has grown it has allowed for literally thousands of neighbors to connect online and to join neighborhood watch programs. Neighbors that know each other and communicate with each other tend to watch out for one another which creates safer neighborhoods. This partnership also enables the Police Department to communicate directly with neighbors and to share crime and safety information in specific geographic areas as opposed to sending out information citywide. While we have seen tremendous growth in just six short months we have no plans to slow down!  Our staff is still actively reaching out to neighborhoods to provide free trainings on Nextdoor.com as well as Neighborhood […]

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