Oakland cops spend little time on violent crime

Also, water is wet.

Less than five percent of all 2019 police service calls in Oakland involved violent crime, a new study shows. [...] In fact, using only aggravated assaults (as opposed to simple assaults) as violent crimes, the number drops to 1.8 percent. [...]

Another 12 percent of calls were related to traffic. And almost 11 percent of the calls were for "disturbances," which include noise complaints. Again, an area that doesn't always require a highly paid armed officer.

And yet, 50 percent of the city's budget goes for the Police Department.

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5 Responses:

  1. Dude says:

    Not to be outdone, the SFPD are still dragging their feet over investigating stories of SFPD officers taking part in that "Capitol Insurrection" thing.

    But I'm sure it's okay. SFPD are stand-up folks, right?

  2. Andreas says:

    I mean, considering the amounts of money the city has to pay in settlements every year, I’d say the cops are spending quite enough time on violent crime (committing subtype), thank you very much.

    • phuzz says:

      I genuinely had to slow down and re-read before I realised the text wasn't talking about cops committing those crimes.

  3. Joe Luser says:

    fire department works the same way. count the number of fires in your town. estimate how many people it takes to put out a fire and how long it takes. count the number of fire people and the number of hours in a year. do the math and be as generous as you can and it's going to come out to less than 5% of their time. the fire department is where the 50% of the town budget which doesn't go to the police department goes.

    • jwz says:

      If you're going to start comparing cops and firefighters, let's start with how many deaths are caused by each. Then we can move on to how many deaths are prevented by each. Spoiler alert: it's not a fair fight.

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