Actual Crimes up! Crime rate down? The Andrew Mills juggernaut continues, as EPD sinks

Mills said the department is currently 6 and soon to be 7 cops down (at another meeting he said down 8)

Chief Mills has been building quite a resume while “leading” EPD, and the final “feather in his cap” is looking like it’s just around the corner. Make no mistake about it Eureka, the “Teflon” Chief will move on from Eureka and when he does the citizens will be left to deal with the consequences.

At the top of that list are the changes he has made to the working conditions at EPD. They will last long after the Chief abandons Eureka. We haven’t mentioned it much before, but most of EPD’s senior officers have left the department. The department is now filled with scores of rookie officers, and some of the only senior EPD Officer’s left are in supervisory positions.

Before Mill’s goes, let’s recap a few of his so called “successes” from the past 2 years while he’s been running the department into the ground:

“Chief Mills claims to have streamlined services and cut wasteful spending”.

Under Mills deceitful direction, Officers started “under classifying” some crimes, and just plain stopped taking reports on other crimes. For instance, there’s the “completely false” Mills claim that “the violent crime rate is down” in Eureka; The crimes that used to be classified as “assault with a deadly weapon” were either reclassified to simple assaults, or the officer convinces the victim not to make a report. The proof of this practice is in the same statistics. You see, people occasionally die when they are assaulted with a deadly weapon. In the past 2 years the murder rate in Eureka has skyrocketed. So either the criminals have gotten 7 times better at killing, or the stat’s are completely swayed toward under reporting.

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/chief-mills-believe-me-if-i-could-find-a-way-to-make-this-not-look-bad-i-would/

Here’s another area of statistical number fudging should begin to bear fruit for Mills very soon. As part of the EPD budget cuts, Mills cut all of the (PSO) Police Services Officer positions. If you remember, those were the Officer’s dressed in the light blue shirts that would respond to traffic collisions, thefts, loose animals, traffic hazards, abandoned vehicles, stolen property, and the list goes on. In losing all those positions, EPD began to change the types of calls they would now respond to.   What has been thoroughly lost in the conversation was that the PSO’s generated crime reports….. lots of them! If your car was broken into those PSO’s would respond, gather evidence, and generate a report. Now…….you have to insist on an officer taking a report.

As of this month, the Eureka Police Department has about 2000 less crime reports taken than in the previous 10 years. Think we’re making this up? Just watch the video linked in the following video posted on the Lost Coast Outpost. Some folks would say this guy’s really unlucky. In our experience, the only unlucky choice that he made the mistake of thinking Eureka was a place to stop and spend the night:

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2015/nov/22/video-lets-get-hell-out-eureka-says-traveling-yout/

Finally, in trimming down “wasteful spending” Chief Mills is rumored to be about to finalize an agreement with the Police Union that will cut back on the amount of officers working patrol, along with opening up the possibility of cutting officer positions. If this proves to be true it will have the effect of leaving many more citizens with no protection from the ongoing crime wave! As of the writing of this post, it is reported that Mills is try to force different working hours for patrol officers. By changing the hours, the new schedule could potentially cut a number of police officer positions. A pretty stupid plan to save money, right? The biggest drawback is that with the Mills proposed schedule, some nights may have half as many cops working. With fewer cops working, less crime reports will be taken. So, in a weird underhanded way, Mills is actually going once again use trickery to lower the “crime rate”* by cutting back on Police Officers. He probably figures why not? The “dumb as post” City Council thinks it worked so well getting rid of all those PSO’s! BUT it will be to the detriment of Eureka citizens, and the rookie officers who don’t know any better and will be forced to work in a more violent city with fewer officers helping out or available for back up. *(remember the crime rate is NOT the amount of actual crimes occurring, it’s the number of crimes the police choose to report)

“Chief Mills claims to have taken proactive and effective approaches to dealing with, what he ridiculously claims is Eureka’s biggest public safety issue…..homelessness”. Since the start of Mills tenor, he focused in on and vilified Eureka’s most disadvantaged group, (the group that has the least political power), and made them the scapegoat for all crime in Eureka.

A well loved Priest is murdered, teenagers stabbed to death on the street, spreading gang violence, home invasion robberies and all the inevitable violence surrounding those acts……Mills wants you to see them as no big deal! But shopping carts being used by those “Damn” homeless……..now that’s a huge deal for the Mills run police department. In fact, Mills even assigned a “shopping cart czar” to address that problem. (Hey Mills, Where’s your street Gang “czar”?)

Public Nudity, poop in the bay, and bicyclists, have received lots and lots of attention from Mills. Crimes that involve violence…..not so much. Even worse, in a City with one of the very worst traffic collision rates, we’ve heard that Mills has cut the EPD traffic unit back to one officer.

Mills (possibly the worst Chief eureka has ever seen) will leave eventually, that is a fact and good riddance! The only thing we don’t know yet is how much more damage will this Police Chief, Andy Mills cause before he moves on to bigger and better ($$$) things?

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32 thoughts on “Actual Crimes up! Crime rate down? The Andrew Mills juggernaut continues, as EPD sinks

  1. Mills still has not clarified “if it was justified or not” that Casey Campbell was shot in the back and murdered more than a year ago… Of course then he would have to admit he was aware of suspects but did nothing until the alleged suspect was arrested by HCSO for the island mountain home invasion robbery AFTER Casey’s murder…

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  2. Mills worse than Murl???? Could be. But it’s too close to call for me.

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  3. I remain baffled that the general public continues to be giving the Police Chief a complete pass on this insane crime wave that we are all living through here in this City. Me and my neighbors are really angry about how much our quality of life has declined in the last couple of years. No one outside of this blog seems to notice that this all got really bad once Mills came on board. Mills must go and there needs to be a house cleaning at epd

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  4. When is MIlls going to release the dash cam footage of the murder of Thomas McClain by the EPD?

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  5. Freedom of information act. Eurekans have the power of discovery if they wish to find out the truth. Got to be a pro bono lawyer out there.

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  6. The NCJ sued EPD for video footage and got nowhere, “it’s a personnel matter”…Police video cams in California will be used to corroborate good police conduct only.

    Nothing will change until the public consensus catches up with reality but local media has a poor track record of reporting it.

    For many decades, those that own the most land surrounding Eureka have made damn sure that their developments remain under the county’s less restrictive building codes, never to be incorporated into Eureka. It’s why they fund and win most elections. Everyone’s protecting these shot-callers and no one dares to call them out.

    They have blood on their hands. How?

    The communities developed on Eureka’s immediate borders total over twice Eureka’s population. These folks work, shop, play and seek professional services in Eureka.

    Yet, Eureka continues to receive state and federal funding for a city of 28,000 instead of 60,000.

    How would twice the state and federal funding impact crime, health, at-risk youths, drug abuse, homelessness, jobs, business,etc, ?

    There’s no question Eureka would be a safer place for all if not for the legacy of political corruption by the development industry.

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    • Seems like an unusual arrangement when outsiders come into Eureka to work, shop, play, and seek professional service, but Eurekans never go ouside the city borders for the same purposes.

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      • Seems like an unusual comment from a “local” that has never noticed the streams of traffic entering Eureka from Myrtle Avenue, Campton, Walnut, Union, F Street, Samoa, and Hwy 101 at 7:30AM, Compared to the trickle leaving Eureka.

        Or the streams of traffic exiting Eureka on Myrtle Avenue, Campton, Walnut, Union, F street, Samoa, and Hwy 101, at 5PM, compared to the trickle entering.

        Eureka’s streets were never designed to handle that kind of traffic and that’s why they have some of the highest injury and accident rates in the state…same with most other statistics like health, crime, homelessness, child abuse, suicide, etc, etc, in a city reported as 28,000 that’s actually 60K+.

        The impacts of unaccountable growth on resident’s health and quality of life are never a consideration for the development industry.

        They made their $$.

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      • Local?….LOL. I live in Florida. You couldn’t pay me enough to live in that town.

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  7. I now live in another state and left for the many reasons brought up by this post. I have had first hand experience with these issues and finally retired and liquidated and got out of dodge. My life now is pretty close to normal and from this distance Eureka and Humboldt look even seedier and more uninviting. Do something folks, even if it is move. It is going to take a really big shift to get real change. I don’t see it happening.

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  8. Now I understand why JW knows zero about Eureka traffic patterns.
    Interesting how people that don’t live here never tell you what city they’ve moved to.

    A search of statistics will likely be similar to Eureka and most other cities of 60,000 residents.

    If Eureka’s state and federal funding matched its actual population it would have half its budgetary problems.

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    • Midnight Anonymous:

      Now you know why I don’t bother to respond to JW… He’s just a gnat and too far away to swat.

      Things must be gawdawful boring in Florida for JW to spend as much time and energy as he does on the blogs here in Humboldt.

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      • I visited the area many times 10 to 12 years ago. I was struck by how nasty it was. Bums everywhere, pushing shopping carts, accosting people on the street for handouts. And yet locals thought it was WONDERFUL! And listening to bloggers piss and moan about their conservative officials in an area where liberals rule the voter rolls, well….that’s just funny to watch, and you don’t need to know traffic patterns to see it.

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      • huh?!?!…Florida?..wtf?

        hpw can someone be that obsessed with local happenings in Eureka to be a regular contrarian on a little read local blog?

        That’s crazy…or like frequent articulate and relentless rw contrarian Bud on Loco, another someone from out of the area with right wing views.
        A paid assignment?

        “make money from home on your computer.”

        I am 99% convinced of this now, up from 98.6% before I read this…

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  9. See….this is why I come here. You people make me laugh! But seriously….who would pay someone to make fun of a city and it’s citizens?

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  10. If some of you think that I know very little about Eureka and the county, I will enlighten you. I spent almost 25 years in Eureka, owned a very successful business and owned a home there. I was involved and active on three boards, tried to change the dynamics of the community, met with other concerned Eurekans, talked issues with council, met with the then city manager on many occasions. There are many on this blog who know far less that I do about the web of problems that face the community. But please realize, it takes commitment and real involvement to create change. You also need a very thick skin to put up with all the jabs, comments and sometimes down and dirty insults from the power brokers. I was drained by the time I retired and am very glad I moved on to a more sane place to live. But I still have a strong interest in what happens in Humboldt and will continue to offer my insights on subjects I have knowledge in.

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    • been there done that:

      I for one have never put you in the same category as Just Watchin (annoying small flying insect).

      I spent over 20 years as part of the Humboldt Diaspora myself, but I always tried my best to keep up with what was going on “back home.”

      Yes, this county is dysfunctional as Hell, but for whatever reason, no other place I have ever lived ever felt like “home” to me. Or ever will, I guess.

      Again, the grief Just Watchin receives here has little to do with where he is writing from. It has to do with the fact that he is a nit wit. You have no worries there.

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  11. And still, they cannot confess what cities they reside for obvious reasons!

    I have also read about right wing groups paying trolls to hammer left-leaning blogsites. JW is making asinine statements about local politics that have been solid right-wing forever, except for Arcata, Blue Lake and Trinidad. JW has no idea where local folks live, work and commute, but makes ridiculous statements about that too.

    With few exceptions, every city in every country I’ve traveled suffered the epidemic of plutocracy focused on whatever the region will yield. The unbridled greed of the development industry is the most universal, vexing and undaunted, culminating in the largest crash since the Depression, and promising the next no matter what U.S. city you reside in.

    I still can’t believe Eureka shut down its toxic pulp mills and nuke plant (the first in the nation). With its successive republican governors, Florida’s toxic industries flourish. Last time I visited there were countless pulp mills spewing out a stench far worse than anything possible in in Eureka.

    What much of this nation and world has lost, or is losing rapidly, are miles of rugged coastline, mountains, wetlands, lagoons, and our six clean rivers and numerous tributaries, local resources I’ve enjoyed my entire life and increasingly appreciate the more I travel.

    When they open the airplane door and you smell the local air, you know you’re home.

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  12. Sorry Anon….I didn’t realize you wanted to know the city. It’s Orlando. And I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a pulp mill in the state, although I’m sure there must be some, just not around Orlando. Mickey wouldn’t allow it.

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  13. today in the LA Times is an article describing in detail how the LAPD has bodged it’s statistics by under-reporting crimes.

    Mill’s next job?…and us the taxpayers are paying him and others like him to jigger the system.
    gah….eyes rolled.

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  14. I am still not hearing much here about what each one of you is doing to counteract the problems you talk about regularly. Nothing will change unless you are willing to put forth the effort to make it happen. Pick a cause and tell us what you are doing to make a dent in your chosen fight.

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  15. “Orlando”? No wonder JW is bitter.

    “I was involved and active on three boards, tried to change the dynamics of the community, met with other concerned Eurekans, talked issues with council, met with the then city manager on many occasions….I am still not hearing much here about what each one of you is doing…” (been there done that)

    You just revealed two reasons why there’s little change.

    Change begins with sharing what you know about your community publicly, foremost, those within the system that know the most but are scared witless of speaking out.

    It was terrible that Eureka’s Public Service Officers were laid off, but with the fear of job loss removed, it was the only time they (finally) spoke out about “700 annual missing person reports” they responded to, “mostly youths”.

    Had they spoken out over the years, instead of trying to create change from the inside, (with the chief of police, the city manager and council members), our community might want to ask “how many youths”? or “what are the reasons”?

    It takes public consensus, and a handful of dedicated volunteers to create the pressure required to achieve “change”, yet, most of our professionals, media, bureaucrats, representatives, public servants, including the dog catcher and janitor work in environments of fear and favor where widespread self-censorship is cultivated and flourishes.

    After the bliss of newness wears off, scratch the surface of any new city you move to and you find the same scourge.

    It’s unusual to see someone using their alleged good-deeds as a whipping rod against others. Maybe that’s why you couldn’t build an effective coalition?

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  16. Gee Anon….what exactly do you not like about Orlando? Is it the sunshine? Maybe the lack of a state income tax. Please enlighten us.

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    • Water Moccasins, biting flies, chiggers, gators and fire ants are all in good political right-wing company in Orlando, a city that expanded on everything that makes Eureka ugly.

      There’s more sun and warmer days in Eureka than I would have ever believed possible 40 years ago. And just over the hill there’s all the sun you need for skin cancer without the pests. Water sports are great in Florida until the boat stops and you’re eaten alive.

      California’s income taxes are a joke, a tiny fraction of the federal taxes my business pays.

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  17. Whipping rod,no, call to arms, yes. I only bring up what I did to say that commitment and volunteering is a solid way to move the ball, not always very far but sometimes you get a pleasant surprise. But it seems that many managers in government lose track of who serves who. The public service officers are a good reminder of how easy it is to lose a job if you speak out on something that should be addressed. I was lucky enough to own my own business so I was able to speak more freely on issues.

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  18. Good on you.

    If you’re going to complain that others have not listed what they’ve done, as a “call to arms”, it might help to write what you are doing, or have done. What did you accomplish?

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  19. Main St. Board 8 yrs. CVB board 5 yrs. Ryan cottage/C. of Redwoods project 5 years. Old town merchants one of founding members. Contributing comments on many issues to the city council for over twenty two years. Worked to keep parking meter fees as low as possible when the city was ready to up fees by 400%. Got no parking signs installed on narrow alleys in and around the auditorium district. Set up the first neighborhood watch where I lived/ block capt. for many years. Helped form a committee to block Walmart from building on the waterfront with a successful voter mandate to block, 67%. Sorry to say that waterfront 30 acres is still toxic and undeveloped.

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  20. You are definitely more active than most, well done. I too have been an executive member of local boards, always frustrated with the resistance to outreach, voter registration, press releases on controversial issues, and the other boards I’ve sat on, or simply observed, were similarly too insular and self-serving, many are dominated by local private financial interests or right-wing ideology. I suppose it’s enough to have made small impacts and to have helped an individual here and there, but if “change” is the goal it will take a lot more guts by many more folks in and (mostly) outside of boards, committees, chambers, councils and courtrooms to speak publicly about the truths they know within their lives.

    It’s looking like climate change will inevitably force people to take responsibility, it’s changing faster than we are. After the Supreme Court ruled segregation unconstitutional it took 10 years and a huge movement before the first black kid entered a southern school.

    I thought it was Patty Berg’s group, launching her political career keeping WalMart off the Balloon tract?

    So, is your new location any different politically? Moving change ahead at a faster pace? The boards are more progressive? To me, Eureka’s problems and pace for change are largely indistinguishable from most other cities.

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  21. Patty berg was in my living room for the first couple of meetings. It grew from there. I made many lasting friends from that movement. It was real grass roots, meetings, signs in yards, going door to door. I got my juices going, which lasted more than twenty years. The most frustrating board was main street. The organization started as a business organization that quickly became, and still is, run quietly from city hall and not much input from merchants. The director does the city’s bidding. Not so in Hilo. It is active and responsive to its merchants. Government in Hawaii is very different. There are no city governments. The county makes all the decisions for each town. County council, county police and fire, etc. Seems pretty well run and responsive to the many small communities it oversees. I live in one of the small towns and we have an Olympic pool, skate board park, local police, fire and DMV offices, county garbage transfer station, free. All schools are county run. I have few complaints.
    I was involved with the CVB in Humboldt for the longest. It is well run, and didn’t get into infighting or issues with the county and city. They stick with the mission statement and get the job done, promoting tourism. Good folks.

    Thanks for digging deeper Anon.

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  22. By the way, I really do mean I live in a small town, one drug store, one small shopping center, three gas stations, one traffic light and it is the biggest town in the Puna District. Hilo is the county seat and is about as big as Eureka.

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  23. Sometimes the trade offs for living smaller…are better. I was impressed how quickly Hawaii declared a shelter crisis, folks here like to complain about our crisis but avoid declaring one like the plague.

    Best of luck adapting to the the new environs. We’re still here, if you develop island sickness, come back!

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