A city under a social experiment

Follow me on this one, folks. According to fox40.com, the Sacramento Police Department has a theory, well it appears they have several, but at any rate.

…they’re looking to stop crime at it’s lowest level. “You stop the smaller crimes, you stop the social disorder, it’ll have a prevention effect,” says Sgt. Renee Mitchell of the Sacramento Police Department. In other words, stop the purse snatching, prevent the murder.

Hmm, okay. I’ve always believed in the theory that states, “Stop the purse snatching, prevent someone from losing their purse.” But, I’m willing to go with it.

Detectives have identified 42 spots in the city where they get called — a lot. For the next 90 days, you’ll see more officers at half of those locations, at random times throughout the day.

How long before the Sacramento Bee comes up with an interactive map detailing these 42 spots and when the cops will be there? (I wrote this as a joke, only to find this at sacbee.com!)

Think of it as a city under a social experiement. The thought is if criminals don’t know when cops are going to be there, they’ll be less likely to commit crimes. Conversely, if the officers are broken of their patrol habits, they’ll be more vigilant and therefore more likely to spot trouble.


What do you think? Who is being tested here, the criminals or the police officers?

DUI Checkpoint on Thursday

Attention Sacramento Kings players and personnel, according to Sacto 9-1-1

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint beginning at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, at 21st Street and Capital Avenue.

A commenter did call the Bee out on the misspelling of “Capitol Avenue.”

It’s what happens when you cut & paste directly from the PD press release, no actual journalists get hurt doing that.

If you’re asking yourself why cops announce DUI checkpoints in advance, you’re not alone. Luckily, the Bee offered up this link to “Why cops announce DUI checkpoints in advance.”

There some snark to be had about this article. I’m sure the two of you Sacramentans that aren’t off this week will enjoy it.