Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Crime Rate Is Up

Statewide that is, according to a report released today by the State Attorney General's office. Boy, does Paul Gallegos have some explaining to do, or what?

Actually, I wanted to have some fun and try to manipulate the crime statistics for Eureka and Humboldt County at large, but the report only has statistics for law enforcement jurisdictions covering 100,00 people or more.

Looking at the cities they do list, I was surprised there were that many cities that size in California. Then again, I'd never really thought about how many large cities California does have.

Thanks to Dan Weintraub for the heads up on the report.


At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is what law enforcement has been saying.

That is what Dikeman said.

Paul knew this but chose to bury it and use 2003 - why? He doesn't have anything else to run on.

I doubt that he will explain - instead get ready fo the new person he is going to blame.
He does have that history.

What is also very scary is that this county has one of the highest incidents of forcible rape in the state.

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Boy, does Paul Gallegos have some explaining to do, or what?"

That is the understatement of the year. And when he does finally attempt to explain it, will he explain the scathing grand jury report? I think not.

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just look at all the murders around here this year, i dont need statistics to tell me somethings way wrong with law enforcement around here. of course this falls in the lap of the cops way more then whichever chump ends up as d.a.

At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But think of the homeless!!

At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well since Paul is plea bargaining everything in sight no wonder the stats are up.

He just gave a 2 year sentence to a convicted heroin trafficker who was on parole when he was busted in the largest heroin bust in humboldt's history. Over 2 pounds. The guy confessed. Admitted to trafficking for a long time. Had a car with hidden compartments and should have gone to prison for 20 years.

So he'll be out in one year - don't I feel safe!

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the Gallegos drones are silent on this blog.

Seems like when you zap them with the truth it gets really quiet.

Thanks Fred for making this public.

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Pogo said...

The following statement by Gallegos: "“(The Constitution) is an evolving document,” is reason enough that he should be removed from office yesterday. The Constitution is a written document containing provisions for its amendment.

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gallegos has to misuse the crime statistics for a reason. His record is appalling.

Pogo - if only it were that he were stupid it might be tolerable. The country is full of stupid politicians. Gallegos has been deceiptful and dishonest.

My friend told me he has started to go out and go door to door and he is dragging his kids in a red wagon with him. Someone ought to report the guy to the labor commissioner. He really has the morals and judgment of a snake (didn't mean to insult snake lovers)

At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

Anon 9:13.

So it's the officer's fault that the crime rate has gone up?

Nevermind that due to budget cuts many positions in the Sheriff's Dept have been cut. Nevermind that there is a huge understaffing problem for them. It MUST be the police driving the crime rate up.

If you are even trying to imply that they are the ones KILLING people, your joke sucked. That is crap and you know it.

If people feel there is not enough law enforcement out and about, bitch to the Sheriff Gary Phelp and let him know how you feel (for those is the areas covered by the SO.) If you feel the same way about other departments, write letters and complain to people that can do something about it. Otherwise put a cork in it.

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Fred said...

9:13 wrote: "just look at all the murders around here this year, i dont need statistics to tell me somethings way wrong with law enforcement around here.".

I beg to differ:

Law enforcement, generally, doesn't prevent any crime, except under certain circumstances. That applies to the District Attorney's office, as well.

Law enforcement generally responds to crime scenes and ends up writing reports and trying to find the perpetrator of the crime.

The D.A.'s office comes in after law enforcement apprehends someone for a crime and is mostly responsible for finding if legal grounds exist to charge the suspect with the crime, and then prosecute them for it.

In extraordinary circumstances, both law enforcement and the district attorney's office can help reduce crime. Those circumstances being increased patrolling by law enforcement, among other things (criminals generally don't commit crimes when there's a cop across the street),and perhaps selective prosecution of some elements in a community that are responsible for a large percentage of crime, on behalf of the D.A.'s office.

Other than a few exceptional circumstances, neither law enforcement or the district attorney can either, claim credit for the low crime rate, or be blamed for it, since the crimes, by their nature, occur before either party is involved.

What happens after the crime occurs is a different issue entirely.

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred - I agree with you on almost all points.

But -

Unwise and unchecked plea bargaining can effect the crime rate in the following ways:

Lets say you have a person who is committing theft offenses. He is on probation but is allowed to be placed on probation again and again and again and again for numerous felonies committed while on probation. This has been happening at an alarming rate. He goes back out on the street and keeps committing the offenses.

Perhaps the new 99 pot plant rule may contribute to the robbery rate in the following: More people are growing more dope to get stolen because it is valuable. Look to see how many of the home invasion robberies in the last couple years involve pot - its alarming.

I am very familiar with the CJ system and with statistics. Even the AG's appendices on the statistics makes it quite clear that it is very difficult to draw any specific conclusions from them, they are what they are.

What I do know from years of work in the field - statistics are just a starting point for discussion as to what may or may not be happening in a community. You can never say cause and effect.

and I greatly resent the dishonesty of Gallegos and his supporters latching on to 2003 stats and having the temerity to say that crime went down because of "Paul". It is intellectually and patently a dishonest use of statistics and they should be taken to task for it.

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

Shouldn't we expect crimes rates to rise during wartime?And what types of crime are examined here,corporate crime,civilian crime, or law enforcement crime?Doesn't seem like Humboldt Co. figures much in this report.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

WTF is mresquan smoking? "Increased crime during "wartime"? Any stats? WTF is civilian crime, corporate crime, law enforcement crime? See the California Penal code, Vehicle Code, Health & Safety Code, Welfare & Institutions Code, Agriculture Code and 500 lbs of other California "Codes" for the definition of "crime". Neither mresquan or anyone else can live a day without committing 1 or more "crimes" as defined by our rulers.

At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wartime doesn't have anythign to do with it mresquan - plea bargaining criminals, letting meth dealers go that has everythign to do with it.

ICUG - Increased Crime Under Gallegos.

Think about it - there's no better time to be a child molester in Humbodt County than now.


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