On Thursday, May 28, 2009, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s North Division Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officers conducted a john sting in the 4600 block of Watt Avenue using undercover officers posing as prostitutes. The POP officers were assisted by North Division patrol deputies, Special Investigation Intelligence Bureau detectives, and officers from the Twin Rivers District Police Department.
The sting was the latest in an on-going effort by the Sheriff’s POP officers to target prostitutes and the men who seek their services in the area of Watt Avenue and Interstate 80. This sting was conducted with the full support of the Watt Avenue Merchants Group particularly the Motel 6 at 4600 Watt Avenue where the operation took place.
Paul O’Neal, Director of Safety and Security for Accor North America – Motel 6, said “The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. We have a long history of building strong relationships with local authorities and cooperating with law enforcement in their crime prevention efforts. Our ultimate goal is to be an asset to the communities we serve.”
This series of operations targeting prostitution and their customers began over a year and a half ago in response to complaints from the citizens and business owners in the targeted area. According to Sheriff’s POP supervisor, Sergeant Kate Adams, “the goal of these stings is to address the negative impact the crime of prostitution has on the quality of life for the residents and businesses in the area. During our operations over the past eighteen months we have made over 250 prostitution-related arrests and the merchants in the area have told us they have seen a dramatic decrease in the amount of prostitution-related activity.”
The latest 10-hour operation resulted in the arrest of 18 individuals for prostitution or prostitution-related crimes; including 16 men and 2 women. In addition to the arrests, 15 of the johns had their vehicles towed from the scene and impounded.