Today, the State of California's Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training recognized the Sacramento Police Department's Vice Unit for their work in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the Safe Streets Task Force. The Unit was given the 2009 Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation "Investigative Excellence Award."
The Safe Streets Task Force focuses its efforts on the nationwide "Innocence Lost" initiative aimed at combating the rise in child prostitution. The goal of the task force is to recover juvenile prostitutes and provide them with needed services, as well as arrest and convict those responsible for victimizing the juveniles.
Since its inception in 2008, the task force has recovered 59 juvenile victims. They have also arrested 36 adults for the exploitation and/or "pimping" of these youth.
The recipients of the award were Sergeant Pam Seyffert, Detective. Derek Stigerts, Kristine Morse, Aaron Borg, Jeff Morris, and FBI Special Agent Minerva Shelton.