Englander Calls for Special Hearing on Crime Stats
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 22, 2016 at 11:14 AM
Today, I submitted a motion to the City Council requesting the Los Angeles Police Department report to the Public Safety Committee on the current uptick in crime in the City of Los Angeles. The motion also requests the report include an analysis of crime levels over time, an analysis of possible causes, and provide recommendations for solutions, including a detailed explanation of the Metropolitan Division strategy.
Additionally, I asked that representatives from the Los Angeles Police Protective League, and the Los Angeles Command Officer’s Association, the organizations that represent the City’s sworn officers and the police command staff respectively, be invited to the Public Safety Committee meeting to present their analysis and recommendations for addressing increasing crime levels.
This is a very disturbing trend. While many of the factors that influence crime rates are out of the direct control of the LAPD, it is critical to understand how the department is deploying the resources.The numbers are important, however we must recognize the real-life impact these numbers have on communities and ensure that our police force is distributed properly across the City.
Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) released the citywide Part I crimes numbers for 2015. According to the report, crime rates rose to their highest levels in two years, with a 20.2% increase in violent crimes and a 10.7% increase in property crimes over 2014 numbers.
While any increase in crime must be carefully examined, it is important to understand the broader context of crime levels in Los Angeles; 2015 numbers are on track with the five year average, and we are living in the lowest per capita crime level era since the 1950s. In addition, crime rates in Los Angeles mirror the trend of rising levels across the state of California, with increases seen in both our neighboring cities and major cities in the state.
In order to address this jump in Part I crimes, the Los Angeles Police Department acted to double the size of its Metropolitan Division, which is deployed tactically around the City to address crime hot spots as they occur. In doing so, it moved officers from the patrol function.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee