Ensuring that children in Sacramento are safe at school and after school is a critical starting point for any discussion of public safety. Here are my priorities:
School Resource Officers
- Partner with each school district to be sure every public high school in the city has a school resource officer and that the officer is a good fit.
- Each officer must provide proactive policing, build positive relationships with students, and work to become a trusted, caring adult that young people can rely upon.
- Open anti-truancy centers in partnership with each school district.
- Perform routine truancy sweeps with the intention to return children to class and notify their parents.
- Send jointly signed letter to parents of children who are excessively truant (District Attorney, Sacramento Police, and School District Superintendents).
Gang Prevention and Intervention
- Partner with community-based non-profits, interfaith groups, and Sacramento County through the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, to ensure early intervention and to create pathways out of gang life through educational and employment opportunities.
- Expand existing at-risk youth programs, internships, mentorships, and after-school and summer programs to keep kids productive and safe. This should include expanded partnerships with libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs, and youth employers (including the city).
After School Programs (4th R and START)
- As will be discussed further in the section on Youth Empowerment, we must continue to fully fund 4th R/START, and must make sure that partner agencies like the county and school districts pay their share of the program costs.
- After school programs, at all age levels, are critical to the success of other policies to keep our kids safe.
- The city must partner with the State and School Districts to share funding responsibilities and make these programs consistently available and affordable to all families, and advocate against the history of insufficient funding
- The state government has not increased their share of funding these programs and initiatives, putting additional pressure on middle-class families and local cities, an issue that our next mayor must face head on.
Address Sex Trafficking: Not in My City, Not in My State
- Human trafficking is a growing crisis that particularly hurts women, children, and families.
- The average age that a woman/girl is trafficked into prostitution is 12–14 years old. Our enforcement policies must always reflect an understanding of who is the criminal and who is the victim.
- In January, Sacramento pledged to work jointly with law enforcement and community leaders through the “Not in My City, Not in My State Campaign” — a multi-city and multi-agency movement built to engage local entities that want to use their time, talent, and resources to fight back.
- This is a critical issue that must stay a priority within discussions of public safety, child welfare, schools, after-school programs, and regional cooperation.
- The city has area specific experts in the Police Department and has built strong partnerships with the District Attorney and federal agencies. This effort must continue to be funded and prioritized.