Crime in SLO drops following two years of sharp rise

After overall crime in San Luis Obispo rose 21 percent from 2014 to 2015 and 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, crime decreased by 13 percent in 2017, according to figures released by the police department.

Last year, the city experienced a 2 percent reduction in violent crime and a 14 percent reduction in property crime. There were totals of 171 violent crimes and 848 property crimes in 2017, compared to 177 and 989 respectively in 2016. No homicides occurred in SLO in 2016 or 2017.

The police department attributes the decrease in crime to intelligence-led policing philosophies and improved relations between law enforcement and city residents. In January 2017, the department launched two community programs: Police and Community Together (PACT) and Policing Education and Community Engagement (PEACE).

PACT is a partnership with a group representing the city’s most marginalized communities, including the Jewish, black, Latino, Muslim, LGBTQ, interfaith, students and the homeless and/or mentally ill communities. PEACE is modeled after a citizen police academy and is designed to teach community members more about policing practices and policies. Last year, officers made PEACE presentations on policing a community, use of force, body cameras, mental health and police and community resources.

This month, the department will hold a PEACE class on how to respond to an active shooter incident. The class will take place April 23 at French Hospital.

In 2017, the department also launched a Coffee with a Cop program and hired a part-time crime analyst to evaluate the department’s policing strategies and use of resources.

Throughout last year, the department continued to receive complaints about homeless behavior in downtown SLO. Officials attribute much of the behavior to substance abuse and/or mental illness.

The city plans to add a mental health workers to the police department’s Community Action Team to better address homeless issues in the downtown.

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2 Comments about “Crime in SLO drops following two years of sharp rise”

  1. ArroyoGrande2000 says:

    Easy when you change the classification to what is a “violent” crime. Didn’t someone recently say many types of sexual assaults are no longer considered violent?

  2. Slovinian Sam says:

    Great Timing. The city of SLO releases this drastic drop in crime right before they start public workshops on gaining support for the sales tax increase called measure G which was originally sold as a “temporary” tax which was due to sunset in 2022.

    So here they come again but they need to set something on the table to try and support digging in your wallet. What better then to run a drop in crime up the flagpole.

    The city is devious and I don’t believe their statistics for one second. If you ever get a chance, read the book “how to lie with statistics.” It was written 60 years ago but still rings true today.

    Hopefully the voters will see through this crap and vote their pocketbooks

    Also, read the opinion piece by Gurnee that appeared a few days ago he hits the nail on the head.

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