Pasadena’s Interim Chief of Police John Perez will report Tuesday that citizen complaints against police have dropped sharply in 2018, use-of-force incidents have declined, and crime has fallen in most categories so far this year compared to 2017 in a year-to-date “Chief’s Report” that Perez is set to deliver to the Public Safety Committee.
Perez is expected to confirm that use-of-force incidents are less than half of what they were last year at this time. Police statistics show 12 use-of-force incidents to date in 2018, versus 26 by this time last year.
The drop in Internal Affairs citizen complaint investigations against police is even more dramatic. Perez will tell the City’s Public Safety Committee meeting that the department has received only four citizen complaints this year, compared to 15 by the same time last year. Statistically, that’s a 73 percent drop in citizen complaints.
Overall, Police Department statistics show a bounce-back to slightly higher crime levels from last month’s year-to-date figures, which had shown a 15 percent drop overall. The figures at Perez will present this week show that the year-to-date drop in calls for service to police is now at nine percent, still a significant drop from 2017.
Some of the highlights which Perez is expected to discuss are a 43 percent decline in robberies, a 13 percent reduction in assaults, and a 33 percent drop in residential burglaries.
Reported rapes are up 29 percent over last year, reversing a two-year downward trend.
Overall, almost all categories of crime have seen reported drops.
“The decreases in crime in 2018 in Pasadena required community effort,” Pasadena police spokesman Lt. Jason Clawson said earlier.
Clawson has attributed the improvement to multiple factors.
He said last month that community education has played a vital role in lowering crime since from it residents learn how to reduce their vulnerability, and he praised the vigilance of Pasadenans who follow the “See something say something” principle.
Clawson also attributed visible policing efforts in neighborhoods, good police work and investigative efforts such as predictive crime strategies, seizing guns off the street, and excellent investigative efforts in arresting suspects.
The year-to-date figures are collected by the Pasadena Police Department Records section. They are based almost entirely on 911 calls, and thus cannot be directly correlated with FBI Uniform Crime Reporting crime statistics.
The “Chief’s Report” will be presented on Tuesday, June 19 at the 6:30 p.m. meeting of the Pasadena City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting, which will convene in Council Chambers at Pasadena City Hall, 200 N. Garfield Avenue.