I have always worked hard to listen to the community – and then be a strong voice for my constituents. That’s why I do extensive public outreach, including a district-wide poll like the one we did last month.
For the past few years reducing the impact of homelessness has been the top priority for people in the 4th district – and county-wide. Homelessness is still an issue, but the rising impact of crime on our families and business is now. Almost one-third of the public now cites crime as their top issue.
Even more alarming, nearly 1/4 of residents in District 4 report having been the victims of a crime in the last three years. It’s no wonder that 2/3 of voters feel that we need MORE police patrols, not less.
I have always believed that keeping the public safe is government’s highest and most fundamental responsibility. That is why public safety has always been my top priority with policy as well as in the County Budget. I will continue to give the Sacramento Sheriff and Sacramento County Probation my strongest support and stand by those who keep us safe.
I believe deeply in justice – and redemption. But my deepest commitment is to the people I represent, the Constitution I swore to uphold, and to the innocent victims of crime.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has a tough beat – covering one of the largest and most populated jurisdictions in the state while keeping more than 600,000 residents safe. Our Probation Department supervises over 22,000 adults on probation – ensuring that they fulfill their sentences, stay out of trouble, and become productive members of the community.
I will continue to stand by our First Responders – but our job is made harder and our residents are made less safe by radical policies and crazy laws being passed by the State Legislature.
Instead of dealing with the growing concern with crime, the Legislature is busy passing bills like AB 418 to ban Skittles and AB 2098 to strip licenses from doctors who share information about COVID treatments or information that bureaucrats haven’t approved.
Even worse than wasting time, money, and energy on senseless or reckless legislation, some legislators continue to push “decarceration” and pro-criminal policies that will make it harder for our brave Deputies to keep us safe.
Assembly Bill 742 will drastically ban the use of K9 units for arresting dangerous criminals – putting officers’ lives in jeopardy. SB 1007 requires the state to provide free telephones for convicted criminals in our jails and prisons – making it easier for them to continue coordinating illegal activities or smuggling drugs into jails. Their wrong-headed bills even SB 809 would actually prohibit businesses from asking about or considering criminal history in hiring decisions – allowing criminals to hide past behavior like robbery or theft from potential employers.
Over the next months, the Board of Supervisors will begin the budget process to set priorities and fund programs – including the budgets for Sheriff & Probation, as well as funds for jails, the DA, and the courts. Some activists are still pushing the “defund police” agenda – and during the budget talks, they are sure to be loud voices during Budget discussions. I will be sharing details about those hearings in my next newsletter as well as on my social media. I hope you will take the time to make your voice heard – I need your support to help ensure that keeping our citizens safe remains the top priority for the County of Sacramento (despite the reckless laws the Legislature keeps pushing.)
Thank you for reading – and as always, if you want to contact me, call me at 916-874-5491, or e-mail me at SupervisorFrost@saccounty.net. Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost represents the 4th District, which includes the communities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, Orangevale, Antelope, North Highlands, Rio Linda, Elverta, and Rancho Murieta.