LBPD Announces It Will Use "Neighborhood Safe Streets" Funds -- City Gen'l Fund Sums Currently Allocated For Discretionary Use By Each LBPD Division Commander -- To Deploy Add'l Resources In Key Areas/Increase Visibility Patrols Along Anaheim St. Corridor And Throughout South Patrol Division
|(July 2, 1:15 p.m.) -- Responding LB's 29th shooting within 55 days, LBPD has announced that it will use "Neighborhood Safe Streets" funds -- City Gen'l Fund sums currently allocated for discretionary use by each LBPD Division Commander -- to "deploy additional resources in key areas and increase high visibility patrols along the Anaheim Street corridor and throughout the South Patrol Division."
The statement was included in a July 2 release on LB's most recent shooting/homicide (July 1, 1200 block MLK, coverage here.)
LBPD's South Division runs from Anaheim St. south to the Queen Mary, and from the L.A. river to Cherry Ave. (purple areas on map below.) LBPD's Public Information Office declined to elaborate on specific figures for additional deployments [consistent with its policy not to publicly discuss detailed deployment information.]
The July 1 shooting/homicide was the 29th shooting crime scene (fatal + wounding + no person hit) within 55 days (list below.) The 29 shooting crime scenes within 55 days have disproportionately impacted mainly working class and historically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Central LB, WLB and NLB [circumstances LBREPORT.com has called the city's worst inequity, a "tale of two cities."]
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In FY13, a Council under former Mayor Foster erased LBPD's 22-sworn personnel (20 officers + 2 sergeants) field anti-gang unit (LBREPORT.com detailed coverage here) and Councils under Mayor Garcia haven't restored the field anti-gang unit despite voter approval of the June 2016 Measure A "blank check" sales tax increase (bringing City Hall over 50+ million annually.)
Later today (July 2), the Council is scheduled to discuss seeking voter approval to extend the Measure A "blank check" sales tax increase via a March 2020 ballot measure.
Failing to budget funding to restore the field anti-gang unit occurs in the context of the Mayor/Council's failure to restore 186 citywide deployable police officers that LB taxpayers previously had, leaving LB with the thin per capita police level detailed here.)
The City of Long Beach currently provides LB taxpayers with a budgeted sworn police level for routine citywide deployment of 1.59 officers per thousand residents (up from 1.58 in FY18.) By comparison, L.A.'s Mayor/Council budget 2.47 officers per thousand residents (not including Airport/Port police.) Signal Hill, surrounded by Long Beach, budgets 3.15 sworn officers per thousand residents for its taxpayers.
Our LB ratio doesn't include officers that the Council doesn't allocate or pay-for; that number is decided -- and paid for -- by various entities that contract with LBPD to provide police services at LB's Port, Airport, LBUSD, LBCC, LBTransit, L.A. County Carmelitos housing and Metro. Contracted officers aren't routinely available during their contracted shifts to respond to citywide needs or to calls for service where you live (unless you live inside the Port, the Airport or on a LBTransit bus or a Metro train.) If the number of contracted officers were included, LB's FY19 budgeted police level would be 1.79 officers per thousand.
For details on LB's FY19 citywide deployable budgeted figure, see LBREPORT.com coverage at this link.
In calculating the officer-to-population ratio, LBREPORT.com used the most recent updated population estimate for CA cities provided by the CA Dept.of Finance (May 2018 Report E-1.)
In FY17, LB's Mayor/Council restored 17 citywide deployable officers. In FY18. the Mayor/Council restored no additional citywide deployable officers. For FY19, Mayor Garcia recommends restoring 6 citywide deployable (bicycle patrol) officers while city management proposes shifting one citywide deployable officer to an Airport-contracted position, producing a net increase from FY18 to FY19 of 5 additional routine citywide deployable budgeted officers..
The net result for taxpayers as for FY19: 22 citywide deployable officers restored out of 208 erased...with 186 citywide deployable budgeted officers that LB taxpayers previously received yet to be restored.
Mayor Robert Garcia has defended the current pace of officer restorations and in August 2018 balked at fully restoring the 180+ remaining officers he voted as a Councilman (2009-2014) to erase. LBREPORT.com coverage (with audio) here.
The 29 shooting crime scenes (person-hit shootings plus "no-person-hit" shootings) are:
For a continually updated chart showing LB shootings/homicides by Council district click here.
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