Downtown: Getting Clean and Safe
February 28, 2015

Downtown: Getting Clean and Safe

Downtown has experienced a 50% decrease in crime in the past 10 years*

A big part of the credit for this goes to The Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP).  They’ve built an effective coalition with government/service agencies, law enforcement and the business community. Their clean and safe programs support downtown development and  provide services to all downtown users by maintaining the physical environment.

Here’s how:

Downtown Guides: The familiar, Downtown Guides, dressed in yellow, provide customer service to downtown users. These information ambassadors welcome visitors and employees to downtown, provide directions (to more than 18,000 people last year!) and assistance, and support crime prevention by working closely with law enforcement agencies.

Clean Streets: Seven days a week, the Clean Streets team, wearing lime green gear, respond to maintenance issues in the district.  In 2014, they removed 3,618 pieces of graffiti and 163,240 gallons of trash, debris, and leaves from DT. They’re now also providing street-level maintenance services in Old Sacramento.

Homeless Outreach Navigators: DSP’s blue jacketed Navigators connect homeless individuals with services focusing on housing and long-term solutions.  The Navigator team, working with over 500 individuals in the past year, successfully housed 117  individuals in permanent or transitional housing and reconnected 258 individuals with other services outside the district.

Community Prosecutor:  A deputy district attorney, designated as a community prosecutor,  works on behalf of downtown businesses, property owners, social services, law enforcement, and community organizations to identify and implement broader solutions to nuisance crimes specific to the urban core. Last year the program prosecuted an average of 50 cases per month, including violations of probation.

Attribution: DSP’s 2014 Annual report.
*Source: Sacramento Police Department Part 1 crimes 2005-2014.JWoodall Banner

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