OC Register's Exposé of Increasing Anaheim PD Ineptitude

From The OC Weekly:

Times are definitely tough for the Anaheim Police Department when even the Orange County Register is raising critical questions! In a fine article by Keegan Kyle that ran in yesterday's paper but that you can't read online because of that whole paywall thing, the city's police department is increasingly failing to solve violent crimes. Under former Chief of Police Roger Baker, the department could once boast a 73 percent rate of solving violent crime cases between 1998-2002. 

But since then, largely under the oversight of current Chief John Welter, who announced his pending retirement recently, that statistic has dropped thirty percentage points in a downward spiral over ten years unrivaled by any other law enforcement agency within county lines. 

Kerry Condon

Kerry Condon

The news is sure to cause a rhetorical shimmy and shuffle among the chief's boosters and, indeed, already has. The reasons for the current 43% violent crime solving rate, largely fueled by rape and felony assaults, are debated by all sides in the Reggie article, but other pertinent data and facts are as follows:
  • Solved rape cases dropped from 77% in '98-'02 to 42% in the past five years.
  • At least 480 rape cases remain unsolved since 2002.
  • Since 2002, APD's budget has ballooned 60%.
  • Between 2002-2009 staffing levels grew, but crime-solving rates still dropped 30%.
  • APD never reported the declining statistics to the city council nor residents.
  • Most of the violent crime occurs in Anaheim proper (West of the 57 freeway)

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