Following up my “2018 predictions” post yesterday came this from the Tallahassee Democrat. Where the facts come from and whether they are accurate or not is a mystery – the stats cited seem to be from the FBI’s 2016 (not 2017) analysis. That analysis (linked to the article and screenshotted below) seems to show Tallahassee crime going up – total crimes in 2015 was 15, 177, up to 16, 289 in 2016).
But you get the idea.
LCSO setting up a “crime fighting center . .. to monitor trends”? TPD getting new headquarters? Money on updating technology? SAO going paperless? Don’t see how those fight crime – process cases and have nice comfy digs, yes. But on the streets? Don’t see a concrete law enforcement plan in the article, other than the LCSO SPIDER squad (my experience is those aggressive “specialized” units usually produce lots of motion to suppress work for the criminal defense attorney for Fourth Amendment violations).
KUDOS, however, to the community for its efforts to help itself:
The community has also stepped up efforts to address the underlying social factors driving crime.
The city of Tallahassee started a program focusing on young men and women not in the workforce but most likely, according to data, to be involved in crime.
The TEMPO (Tallahassee Engaged in Meaningful Productivity for Opportunity) program, run by former school principal Kimball Thomas and funded by community partnerships, tries to enroll those individuals ages 16 to 24 who are out of school or out of work and offers them an outlet away from a lifestyle of crime.
Last month, safety cameras, which are not actively monitored, were installed in a south side neighborhood where data shows a high number of crime happens.
A legion of neighborhoods have stepped up in a movement to take personal responsibility of their streets. The idea is that if the people who live there show they care, they can improve their quality of life.
Part of making those improvements has been a push through the Neighborhood Public Safety Initiative to identify areas most susceptible to crime and underlying contributing factors.
A pilot program was launched in October in Griffin Heights and the Greater Frenchtown area to assess the level of blight, properties in need of improvement, sidewalk, streetlight and other amenity repairs and promote neighborhood beautification.
Not trying to be critical, just understand. I think the citizens are getting it right, and local government should support those efforts. If we spend more on helping people, and less on arresting them, crime will go down:
“This study found that the savings of supply-control programs are smaller than the control costs (an estimated 15 cents on the dollar for source-country control, 32 cents on the dollar for interdiction, and 52 cents on the dollar for domestic enforcement). In contrast, the savings of treatment programs are larger than the control costs; we estimate that the costs of crime and lost productivity are reduced by $7.46 for every dollar spend on treatment.”