Police in Midtown

By Captain Dana Matthes, SacMidtown.com

Hello Sac Midtown followers, I am Sacramento Police Captain Dana Matthes and amongst my duties is managing the public safety in midtown.

The officers that patrol midtown are part of our Central Command which is located at 300 Richards Boulevard. Officers have the responsibility for the area that encompasses downtown from the Sacramento River out to Watt Avenue which is our Patrol District 3.

On a personal note, I have been with the Sacramento Police Department for 26 years and worked many different assignments over the years including Patrol, Problem Oriented Policing, Detectives and Internal Affairs.  Lt. Mike Bray is Central Station’s Watch Commander assigned to work with me on special events, community issues, and patrol strategies.  At Central Command, we are committed to providing quality service and working in partnership on community issues.

Communication is critical to making our neighborhoods safer.  Typically, you know who belongs in your neighborhood or who looks out of place or suspicious around your business.

With limited police resources, we need to rely on your assistance in reporting suspicious persons or activity.  Often, while attending neighborhood meetings, we learn that someone observed suspicious activity which turned out to be crime related, but at the time, the citizen wasn’t sure if it warranted a call to police.

The bottom line is if you observe a person acting suspiciously in your neighborhood or around your business, call us immediately!  Dial 911 (cell phones – 732-0100) if you believe it is appropriate, or non-emergency at 264-5471.  Let us sort it out.  Depending on the information, units will be dispatched as calls for service allow.  Our best chance of finding out what is really happening in your neighborhood is if you call while the activity is occurring.

On a slightly different note, we encourage our officers to attend neighborhood meetings to meet the citizens they serve, and learn the neighborhood issues and concerns.  If you have a regularly scheduled meeting and would like your beat officer to attend, please contact our office at 808-4500 with the information.

What is happening in Police District 3?  If you are interested in receiving e-mails a few times a week on the highlighted activity from the sergeants’ and lieutenants’ daily reports, please send me your e-mail address.  Please also visit our website at www.sacpd.org for more info on Twitter, Facebook, E-notify, helicopter, and daily activity.

About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of SacMidtown.com, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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Posted by on Oct 20 2010. Filed under News, SMT Talk. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Comment for “Police in Midtown”

  1. Thanks for the info, I’ve got the non-emergency number in my phone. I’ll certainly report any suspicious goings on. I’ve got a question for you. My car was stolen on Labor Day weekend from 18th and H. Is there a snowballs chance in Hell that it gets recovered?

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