Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn participated in a live chat with Bee readers last week, answering questions about issues from traffic enforcement to safety at the Galleria mall.
The entire transcript of the chat can be found at www.sacbee.com/links. Here are excerpts:
>What are the most significant changes you have made to the department since your arrival in March 2011?
Probably the most significant changes have been going to a "beat" system, where officers work closely with the same neighborhoods every day, and increasing the amount of outreach and information we provide to the residents of Roseville. We have to work together as a whole community to ensure we continue being a great city.
>What's the worst crime problem facing Roseville?
Property crime is the most significant crime issue in Roseville. We constantly work closely with our neighborhood residents to investigate all suspicious activity in order to prevent this sort of crime. We have many challenges coming in the future in regard to the (prison) realignment issues that can also have a negative impact on our crime picture.
>Last year, you shifted the Police Department's philosophy on traffic enforcement to encourage tools and approaches other than tickets to address traffic problems. How has that worked out?
The number of traffic citations issued last year dropped 80 percent. Our focus in Roseville is solving traffic problems. This can, and does, get accomplished in many ways. There might be a traffic engineering solution to a particular traffic issue that would permanently solve the problem. Our officers and staff are charged with being innovative and finding the best solution to solving the problem. But, let me be clear, we still issue citations if that is one of the best ways to solve the problem it's all about focusing on problem solving.
>What does staffing look like right now in comparison to how it ideally should be? How is next fiscal year's budget looking?
The city of Roseville has done a very good job with budget issues, but we are not immune to the downturn in the economy. Our staffing is less than it was a few years ago . With that being said, we still have the staff to be proactive and ensure our neighborhoods and business districts are safe. We have been hiring to fill vacated positions, which is very positive in light of the current economy and where other cities have been.
>Let's talk about Denise Wilder, the Roseville mother suspected of killing her 2-year-old daughter. Last month, Wilder was released from custody without being charged. Can you tell us anything more today about why she was arrested?
Our No. 1 priority in this sort of case is to bring the person responsible to justice. Sometimes this means we can't reveal a lot about the case until a later date in order not to jeopardize the case.
>How would you respond to Wilder's attorney's argument that her client's release signals there is no case against her?
Simply because the DA's office didn't file charges at the time doesn't mean there is no case against her. This is an ongoing investigation and the DA has mentioned they need a completed autopsy report before determining if they will file charges.
>Is there a way for residents to find out who their "beat" officers are in order to contact them directly?
I would really encourage you to be involved in your neighborhood association, because the beat officers attend all of those meetings. Also, you can sign up for our weekly neighborhood news e-Alerts at www.roseville.ca.us/enotify. You can find out who your specific "beat" officer is by also calling (916) 774-5015.
>What are the highest security concerns at the Galleria at Roseville?
The Galleria mall is a very safe location, but just like anything else, there are crimes committed there. We work very closely with the management of the mall to ensure this is a safe place for people to visit. We regularly have officers patrolling the mall property and working with their security.