California’s crime has appeared to be dropping according to statistics from a 2013 to 2015 report. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, police began making fewer arrests with their numbers dropping an incredible 25%.
And L.A. isn’t the only county that’s experiencing a drop in arrests. The state has experienced the lowest numbers in almost 50 years. The reason behind the drop is still unclear, but some law enforcement believes it’s because their workforce has decreased. Others believe it’s because of the intense pressure on police after so many incidents involving scrutiny.
Ironically, the drop in arrests came right in the middle of a massive crime increase which started in 2014. Police Chief Charlie Beck noted that the arrests from more serious crimes have grown and narcotics type arrests shrunk. Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin explained how important these revealed numbers could be:
“Those are dramatic numbers that definitely demand scrutiny and explanation. If crime was dramatically down, I wouldn’t have a problem with arrests going down. But if crime is going up, I want to see arrests going up.”
According to Beck, police believe the change is in part due to how policing was done then and now. During those years, Operation Hammer was their primary goal. This included stopping, searching, and arresting thousands of people during raids. “The only thing we cared about was how many arrests we made. I don’t want them to care about that,” Beck said referring to his officers. “I want them to care about how safe their community is and how healthy it is.”
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Credit: LA Times