|(Sept. 17, 2020, 5:25 a.m.) -- On Sept. 16, just over a week after the City Council voted
During the Committee agenda item ("receive a report on Police Department overtime costs") Chief Luna referred to but didn't quote recently released LBPD crime stats (detailed below) and suggested the Committee might want to agendize the issue and related issues for future discussion. (No Committee member dove into the increased crime stats or indicated a future agenda item on the issues suggested by the Chief ).
Chief Luna told the Committee that LBPD has logged-in about 109 protests of various types and crowd sizes since May 31. and the cost to handle those protests (not including roughly 6-8 hrs of May 31 civil unrest) was $9.8 million in regular time inclusive of roughly $2.9 million in overtime...and Chief Luna continued:
Chief Luna:I do want to make another point that I think the Public Safety Committee needs to look at ways and maybe even ask questions in another meeting about, and that is managing these protests takes a lot of time, effort, as you see money and resources. So as we prepare for each individual protest depending on the dynamics of the size and we anticipate, we always have to have a contingency of officers who are on standby.
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LBPD's most recently released crime stats at this link, referenced by Chief Luna (but not detailed by him) show that while totaled violent crimes are down, aggravated assaults (the violent crime category that includes shootings) July 2020 compared to July 2019 are up in all four LBPD divisions and property crimesa increased by double and sometimes triple digit percentages. .
The LBPD crime stats linkd above show only "Part 1" (serious) crimes against persona and property; they don't show "Part 2" (all other crimes, not itemized, but referred to by some LB officials as neighborhood impacting "quality of life" crimes.)
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