Take a seat everyone, we’ve got big news. According to the crime “statistics” provided by the Eureka Police Department, violent crime is up (DUH!) and property crime is down (WTF!). What could have caused this sudden drop in property crime that isn’t reflected in anybody’s personal experience that lives or works in Eureka? We’ll give you a hint…..when you look at the graph, at the same time that property crime starts a downward trend there was a change at EPD.
That change was the firing of all the PSO’s. That’s right, those men and women in light blue were the ones who would come and take a report when a property crime was committed and there was no known suspect. They are gone now. Those reports aren’t being generated anymore, so…..”presto chango” property crime goes down.
Let’s do some quick math to see if this theory holds water. It used to be on any given day in Eureka, you’d have 5 patrol officers and 2 PSO’s. That would translate to PSO’s making up about 40% of the potential crime reports back in 2015. Now, according to the statistics provided by Mills, property crime is down by 37%. So, get rid of 40% of property crime report takers and Ta-Da! Crime is down. This doesn’t even address the frustration factor that is, people calling in to report crimes and getting no response, next time why bother?
Eureka is a crime ridden city. All crime is up. Chief Andrew Mills, like Murl Harpham before, has made command decisions regarding procedures, allocation of personnel, patrols and priorities that have led to this quagmire of crime. When you add in the results of prop 47 then you have created the “shit show” that is the City of Eureka in 2016.
When will the City Manager and the Chief of Police have to answer for the leadership they have provided which has made Eureka into a more violent city and a police department that doesn’t give a damn if your property is stolen? Probably never, given that Brady and Ciarabellini seem to be running this so called “progressive” city council. They all seem to be drinking mass quantities of the Andrew Mills brand Kool-Aid.