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Community meeting to be held on crime in Midtown

Community meeting to be held on crime in Midtown
The Midtown Public Safety Community Meeting wil be held at the Hart Senior Center on Jan. 10.

In the wake of a string of pedestrian robberies that rocked Midtown, the Sacramento Police Department will join community leaders for a meeting on public safety this Thursday night.

Councilman Steve Hansen, the Midtown Buisness Association, the Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association, the Midtown Neighborhood Association and the Alkali/Mansion Flats Historic Neighborhood Association, will be on hand at the Hart Senior Center at 915 27th Street from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to "discuss tips on being prepared and staying safe," according to the event’s Facebook page.

Hansen, who is visiting a series of neighborhood associations this week, said the purpose of the meeting was to, "gather concerns, hear what people’s thoughts are and see what we can do to continue making people feel good about where they live."

"We’re going to do as much as we can to make sure that not only are the residents safe but that we improve quality of life where we can," he said.

Last week officers arrested a group of men they suspect might have been behind several of the incidents and the robberies have since stopped.

Hansen said the police deserved recognition.

"I really applaud the police department," he said. "Even though times are tight and they haven’t had any extra budget added, but they’ve reorganized and were able to deploy extra resources to these areas where there are problems to help people ensure their safety.”

There are also "bigger picture" public safety issues on Hansen’s short-term agenda, including the selection of new police chief, creating a plan to restore funding to the department via the new funds made available after the passage of the Measure U sales tax, and addressing problem areas that have drawn numerous complaints from residents.

What do you think the priorities for new funding of the police department should be, and what specific areas or blocks in Downtown/Midtown do you think deserve the most attention? Let us know in the comments below – and tell the police and Hansen about it at the Jan. 10 meeting. 

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