This was issued last night about 8 p.m.
SHERIFF BACA ANNOUNCES MARKED DECREASE IN CRIME THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES COUNTY
During a Press Conference today at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters, Sheriff Lee Baca and other high-ranking Department personnel presented and discussed the significant drop in crime statistics for the county. Homicides, rape, robberies, and aggravated assault crimes in Los Angeles County have decreased by nearly 10-percent. Murders have dropped 23-percent overall from last year. Lancaster, Avalon, Century, Norwalk, and Walnut Sheriff’s Stations have shown the most substantial reduction of crimes in a two year period.
The marked decrease in crime can be contributed to several aspects of crime prevention providing a successful blend of law enforcement and intervention programs. Social programs, such as the “Gifts for Guns” program, which aided in getting 3,853 guns off the streets, were factors in helping to reduce the amount of crime throughout the county. Sheriff’s Department personnel work hard to vigorously investigate and prevent crimes, while building and maintaining working relationships with the communities they serve. A prime example of a community outreach program would be the “Sheriff’s Youth Activities League” (YAL). The Sheriff’s YAL provides a safe, supportive haven for counseling, educational tutoring and after-school recreational activities for youth. These programs provide an alternative to gangs and drugs.
The diverse social, educational, and law enforcement programs coupled with the hard work and proactive policing of Department personnel, has positively resulted in the decrease in crime for the county. “Each Captain is empowered to come up with creative solutions. Our presence makes a difference, cops make a difference. In order to make a difference we have to pursue criminals,” added Sheriff Baca.
SHB-117A-09 X X X September 21, 2009