Los Angeles County Sheriff announces significant decreases in crime rates

The following is a news release provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via Nixle. In a continuing effort to provide transparency to the public, Sheriff Jim McDonnell stood beside his leadership team to present preliminary details of Part I and Part II crime statistics for 2017 and to highlight the decrease in crime from the previous year. As a result of hard work and dedication to the residents and business partners in the communities that we serve, early numbers of Part I and Part II crime statistics demonstrate that the County saw a significant decrease. Between January 1, 2017 and December 26, 2017, Part I offenses, which include criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny theft, grand theft auto, and arson, preliminary data showed an overall -4.6% change with 73,431 incidents. This compares to 77,007 reported Part I incidents for the same period last year. “Today, I’m pleased to report significant decreases in crime rates across L.A. County,” said Sheriff McDonnell, in reference to the compelling Part I crime drop. “This represents nearly 3,600 fewer violent crimes or property crimes committed this year.” Year-to-date Department statistics for 2017 reflect an significant 20% decrease in homicides and 27% decrease in gang-related homicides, compared to 2016. Sheriff McDonnell believes this to be attributed to the Central Patrol Division’s 35% reduction in homicides between 2016 and 2017. Century, Compton and East Los Angeles Stations had the most significant decreases, with 45%, 44% and 53%, respectively, in homicides between 2016 and 2017. Decreases were also demonstrated in Part II crimes, which include forgery, fraud and non-sufficient funds checks, felony and misdemeanor sex, non-aggravated assault, weapons, offenses against family, narcotics, liquor/tobacco, drunk-alcohol/drugs, disorderly conduct, vagrancy/quality of life, gambling, drunk driving-vehicle/boat, vehicle/boating, vandalism, warrants, receiving stolen property, federal offenses with and without money, and felony and misdemeanor miscellaneous offenses. Early data indicates that between January 1, 2017 and December 26, 2017, there were 100,899 Part II offenses, demonstrating a -2.6% drop from the 103,563 offenses calculated between the same period in 2016. The meaningfulness of concentrated attention and strategies implemented by the Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau personnel, directed at impacting illegal, commercial sex was presented in a significant change to the number of felony sex offense statistics. “Because of their dedicated efforts,” stated Sheriff McDonnell, “521 arrests were made, and 50 children and 26 adult victims were rescued.” Activity from the Human Trafficking Bureau generated 340 reports in 2017, as compared to 92 reports in 2016, which was a 270% increase, referring to the aggressive efforts made to protect victims and the greater willingness of victims to seek help. An uptick of numbers seen throughout the Department in the category of vagrancy was also noted, with an approximate 196% increase in offenses calculated between 2016 and 2017. The increase from 330 to 978 may be attributed to efforts and contacts made by the Community Partnerships Bureau Homeless Outreach Services Team. Their outreach to the homeless population and continued efforts to assist connects them with housing and healthcare through the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, housing healthcare and many other social services available to those experiencing homelessness. Community Partnerships Bureau Homeless Outreach Services Team personnel partner with station personnel to conduct outreach missions in their local areas, and are committed to ensuring our homeless population they matter and are protected. These are a few examples of statistical peaks and valleys, both directly and positively related to the attention of hardworking and dedicated members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.   Prepared by: Deputy Lillian Peck Sheriff’s Information Bureau 211 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 213-229-1850 Website LASD HQ: https://www.lasd.org Recruitment LASD: https://www.careers.lasd.org Follow LASD HQ via text and email: https://www.Nixle.com https://nixle.com/lasd—los-angeles-county-sheriffs-dept-information-bureau-sib/ Twitter: @LASDHQ https://twitter.com/LASDHQ Twitter: @LASDtalk https://twitter.com/LASDTalk Twitter: @LASDvideos https://twitter.com/LASDvideos Twitter: @LASDespanol https://twitter.com/LASDespanol Facebook LASD HQ: https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment Instagram LASD Photos: https://instagram.com/LASDHQ Pinterest LASD Photos: https://pinterest.com/lacountysheriff/ YouTube LASD Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/LACountySheriff/videos?view=0 SNAP LA County: Specific Needs Disaster Voluntary Registry https://snap.lacounty.gov/ Alert LA County: Telephone emergency mass notification system https://www.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla Text and email, register for LASD Nixle messages: To receive more detailed, up-to-date information via E-MAIL and/or TEXT directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), sign up for “Nixle” alerts at https://www.Nixle.com and register for “LASD – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept Information Bureau (SIB)” AND your local LASD station area. To receive URGENT TEXT ALERTS ONLY, text your zip code to 888777. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan. “If You See Something, Say Something” L.A. Crime Stoppers: Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may call “L.A. Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or use the website https://lacrimestoppers.org. Jim McDonnell, Sheriff Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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