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Sacramento Police Review Tactics As Crime Increases

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 1, 2013

There was an increase in crimes reported in Sacramento last year compared to the year before.  Larceny and burglary had the largest increases, followed by robbery and aggravated assault.  Police Sergeant Andrew Pettit says the department has been tracking the trends, "Management meets together on a weekly basis looking at crime trends, looking at specific areas in the city where crime has increased and where it's decreased and try to pinpoint why those results happen."

The department has been charting recent crimes and crimes from previous years by when and where they were committed and then allocating officers accordingly.  The number of homicides and rapes was down slightly.

Voters approved funds for police with Measure U this past November.  The City Council won't approve funds for new officers until June.  Pettit says the department could see the first new officers within a year. 
The City currently employees a little less than 650 officers.  At its peak, the department employed 800 officers.
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