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Crime Continues to Drop



As the new Chair of the Public Safety Committee, I invited Police Chief Jim McDonnell to give a report on crime statistics and police staffing. Here's the big news: Crime is at a historic low citywide, and if our current trends continue, our crime statistics for 2010 will be the lowest they have been in over 30 years.

As the new Chair of the Public Safety Committee of the City Council, I invited Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell on Tuesday to give the committee a report on crime statistics and police staffing.

Here's the big news: Crime is at a historic low citywide, and if our current trends continue, our crime statistics for 2010 will be the
lowest they have been in over 30 years.

Violent crime has dropped 12.4 percent from January to October of this year, and property crime has fallen 10.1 percent. While there are still serious crimes that happen in our city, our Police are doing everything possible to ensure that they are few and far between.

At the committee meeting, Chief McDonnell said that "Given the current staffing levels, these decreases are nothing short of amazing."

Next year, the City Council will be making some tough choices to ensure that this great Police work continues. Funding a new Police Academy class will be critical to the continued success of the department.

Thanks again to the great work of our Chief, the Command Staff, and all of our officers.