The Los Angeles Police Division had further boots on the road final 12 months — greater than 300,000 patrol hours of them. It’s a technique that metropolis officers say helped drive down violent crime. Homicides dropped from 260 in 2018 to 253 in 2019, the 10th consecutive 12 months town noticed fewer than 300 homicides. “We wanted to extend the cases that officers and the group may work collectively,” stated Chief Michel Moore. Los Angeles is way safer than in earlier a long time. In 1992, nearly 90,000 violent crimes have been reported. Homicides rose to nearly 1,100 that 12 months earlier than dropping sharply. The variety of homicides started to develop in 2014, with 2017 marking the primary lower.
Final 12 months, the LAPD added 200 personnel to the sector, stated Moore, who defined that the rise has proved important regardless of coming at the price of different sources. About 1.three million hours of patrol have been added yearly since 2016. Technological developments have additionally freed officers to spend extra time in communities and fewer time on paperwork. “Everyone knows crucial quantity is the variety of hours that police are spending patrolling and defending, not filling out studies,” stated Mayor Eric Garcetti. Criminologist Emily Owens of UC Irvine stated there’s scientific proof suggesting that crime falls when police departments place officers in excessive crime areas. There must be extra analysis into whether or not reallocating officers’ work hours from filling out paperwork to patrolling the road considerably reduces crime. In different crime classes lat 12 months, gang crime dipped 6.three p.c, and property crime decreased 7.four p.c. Officer-involved shootings dropped from 33 in 2018 to 26 in 2019, a historic low.