Duarte closed 2015 with and 8.5% increase in Part I Crime compared to 2014. This increase is attributed to an increase in assaults, robberies, and stolen cars. On the bright side residential burglaries have continued to decrease for the sixth year in a row.
For the first time in more than a decade, an over 20% crime increase in both property and violent crimes was reported in Los Angeles. In comparison to other cities, Duarte managed to keep crime increase low. 2016 is a year in which we need to be more vigilant. Prison realignment is now in its fourth year and 2015 was the first year for Proposition 47, which reduced certain felony offenses to misdemeanors. Prop. 47 allowed nonviolent offenders to serve their time time in local jails instead of state prisons, shifting responsibility to local probation departments and community efforts.
The City of Duarte responded with a grant funded expansion of prevention and reintroduced state funded progressive intervention and re-entry programs. Using new research-backed methods to make changes that can help keep the public safe and aid former offenders. Duarte Deputies are now also equipped with body cameras, and we have our own crime scene investigator who is immediately deploys to a scene to preserve evidence, which has led to numerous arrests.
Outreach workers connected with 800 individuals in 2015, approximately one third were formerly incarcerated. Services provided included referrals to substance abuse resources, connections to employment, and housing. Innovative prevention, intervention, outreach, and re-entry tactics are something we will continue to redesign in 2016.
The Duarte Public Safety Office has established partnerships to support these efforts throughout the years. We would like to thank all the partners specially the Community Mediation Team and the Public Safety Commission for their help in exploring ways in which we can be more effective. Public support means a lot to us, but willingness to participate in your community is priceless. Stronger communities succeed in crime prevention efforts. Please continue to call in all suspicious activity, “If you see something, Say something!"
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.
Director of Public Safety, Brian Villalobos
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