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Changes Proposed For Sacramento Police and Fire Services

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chief Sam Somers says more officers will be on the streets.  "The first thing you have to do is have more officers in your patrol division, so you can actually have the time to connect to the different communities and actually do the Problem Oriented Policing that we did before."

Somers says 33 more officers and staff could be hired if members of the Sacramento Police Officers Association agree to pay more into their own pensions.

Somers says at least five more officers will be hired this year and the department will train 25 cadets.  He says the department has also started or re-started about a dozen crime-prevention programs.

"Now, we just started traffic -and we actually started to have them back working our patrol division.  Right now their focus is crime and traffic. We try again to serve some of the property crimes which has been underserved within our community."

The fire department's proposed budget calls for an end to four rotating brown outs and replaces them with the elimination of fire protection service at Stations 1 and 17.  The budget proposes restoring Station 1 service next summer. 

The number of medics would increase this year by a dozen. The department plans to fully staff two new medic units. 

The department says it loses income from about 3400 medical service calls each year to other agencies.   Only about three percent of calls to the fire department are for fires.

The City's Budget Manager says the fire department was about $400,000 in the red for last year, but that the City overall was in the black. 

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