New Chief for Sacramento Police Department
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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The new chief of the Sacramento Police Department promises smarter policing and more community outreach.
Deputy Chief Sam Somers has been with the department since
1984. He says the department will increase its efforts to make
officers a positive force in the neighborhoods they
patrol, "We're not here just to arrest. If you look at our
school resource officers. They're not on campus to arrest the
students. They do more time mentoring the students than
anything else. They try to be a guide and a resource to those
He says the department will bring back some elements of the
"Problem-Oriented-Policing" program that was eliminated two years
ago by budget cuts, "We're gonna wrap that concept and that
connectivity right back into our patrol division. That we're gonna
have that connection so those folks are gonna know who their patrol
officers are just like they knew who their P.O.P officers
Somers says the department will roll out a new "Cop and
Clergy" program in an effort to get newly-identified gang members
to leave that life.
The department is also studying ways to deal with the people
he calls "Typhoid Offenders" who lure young people into
Somers started with the department as a Community Service
Officer and has managed every division within the
The new chief says budget cuts caused some inefficient
policing and that -combined with the release of state prisoners
into local neighborhoods- caused crime to go up last
Local police chiefs, Mayor Kevin Johnson and the City Council
were part of the selection process, but City Manager John Shirey
made the final decision.
Somers and three other Deputy Chiefs in the department were the
only people considered for the position.
This coming Saturday will be his first official day on the