The midtown and downtown areas of Sacramento have changed a bit over the years.
“People used to come into town, and work, and then they’d leave,” said Ofc. Michele Gigante with the Sacramento Police. “Now we have more of a live, play, and work situation, so policing has to change a little bit as well.”
With different types of crowds coming at different times of the day, whether for work, dining or partying late into the night, policing needs in this part of Sacramento are notably different from other parts of the city.
“Now there’s some more activity going on, and we just need to make sure we’re addressing it,” said Elizabeth Studebaker, executive director of the Midtown Business Association.
The police department has broken the city up into four command divisions, rather than three. This results in a “central division” that allows a police captain to focus solely on the unique problems of this area. Numbers of officers will remain the same, for now.
“It’s reorganizing on the top end of it, devoting more time and energy towards problem solving,” Gigante said.
Funding from Measure U may contribute to more officers in the future.