Community Oriented Policing is a philosophy that has been fully embraced by the Sacramento Police Department. You will see the incredible transformation of a neighborhood taken over by gangs, drugs and violence. In 1990, Seavey Circle was the most dangerous area of Sacramento. At the time, officers were advised to not enter the neighborhood on a call unless there were two additional cars backing them up. The Police Department, in partnership with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment agency, made a concerted effort to clean up the neighborhood. Two officers were assigned to the River Oaks/New Helvetia Housing projects full time. In fact, Sac PD had an office in the middle of the neighborhood. This is a perfect example of how Community Oriented Policing works. Ten years later, this partnership continues at Seavey Circle.
City Beat also takes a look at Oak Park, and the ongoing effort by neighbors and police to keep their neighborhoods safe. Other neighborhoods are still in need.
And...careers in law enforcement are possible for more people now than ever before. With increasing need for those well versed in technology or applicants with positive "people" skills...Sac PD encourages you to think of a law enforcement career. We explore some of those options on City Beat.