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Update on SJPD's Summer Violent Crime Reduction Plan
Filed under Press Release, on 7/17/2013 5:15:00 AM by Author: Sergeant Jason Dwyer #3551.

Mid-Year Numbers Show a Reduction in San Jose's Violent Crime


San Jose:
The San Jose Police Department's Violent Crime Reduction Plan was established as part of a focused, proactive effort to reduce violent crime as well as increase police presence and visibility in our community. The purpose of this update is to keep the community informed as to the progress made toward achieving these goals. Included below are three sets of statistics. First, statistics measuring specific activities of the Department since the start of the Violent Crime Reduction Plan (June 20th, 2013) are included. Second, gang-related violent crime statistics are included for the first six months of 2013 compared to the first six months of 2012. Finally, the Uniformed Crime Report (UCR) violent crime statistics which the Department reports annually to the FBI are included for the same time periods.


SJPD Gang Suppression Efforts
Below are aggregate statistics on specific gang suppression activities conducted by the METRO Unit, the MERGE Unit, the Gang Investigations Unit, and overtime Gang Suppression Details as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Plan. It should be noted that while 4 guns were seized as part of this Plan, SJPD seized 221 guns as evidence between January 1st and June 30th of this year. Additionally, the Department continues to deploy its Armed Prohibited Person Detail as part of a proactive effort to reduce gun violence in San Jose as well as the potential for gun violence that exists when firearms are possessed by criminals and those who are mentally unstable. All foot patrols and high-visibility patrols were conducted in "hot spot" areas that were strategically selected for their high level of criminal street gang activity.

JUNE 20 - JULY 15, 2013 (FIRST 25 DAYS)

Gang Enforcement Activities Totals
Felony Arrests 88
Misdemeanor Arrests 62
Guns Recovered 4
Knives/Blunt Force Weapons Recovered 4
Searches 182
Criminal Citations 19
Community Policing Foot Patrol in Hot Spot Areas 2935 Hours


Gang-Related Violent Crime
Below are the gang-related violent crime statistics compiled by the Department's Gang Investigations Unit. Though the number of overall homicides in the City is up, gang-related homicides have dropped 30%. Overall, gang-related violent crime for the first half of 2013 dropped approximately 16% from the previous year.

Gang Related Violent Crime 2012
% Change
Homicide 10 7 -30.0%
Aggravated Assault 95 86 -9.5%
Robbery 25 15 -40.0%
Simple Assault 21 19 -9.5%
Total 151 127 -15.9%


Uniform Crime Report
Below are the UCR violent crime statistics for the first six months of 2013 compared to the first six months of 2012. San Jose currently has 29 homicides year-to-date in 2013 compared to 21 at this time last year. Seven of those homicides have been determined to be gang-related compared to 10 at this time last year. Overall, violent crime in San Jose for the first half of 2013 has dropped over 10% from the previous year.

% Change
Homicide 24 18 33.3%
Rape 125 130 -3.8%
Robbery 526 614 -14.3%
Aggravated Assault 899 999 -10.0%
Total Violent Crimes 1574 1761 -10.6%


Moving Forward
The San Jose Police Department will continue to work collaboratively with the Mayors Gang Prevention Task Force, monitor the location and frequency of violent incidents in the City, and deploy its resources accordingly. The Department is also continuing it's proactive efforts to conduct anti-gang outreach and education through the use of social media and podcasts. The efficacy of this Plan will be assessed at the end of the summer months, at which time a decision will be made on whether to continue, modify or alter the Plan moving forward.

"These numbers reflect the great work being done by our officers on a daily basis," commented Acting Chief Larry Esquivel. "We will continue to work collaboratively with the community to reduce crime in our city. These numbers are definitely a step in the right direction."


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BY: Sgt. Dwyer #3551 AUTHORIZED BY: Chief Larry Esquivel
DATE: 7/16/2013 TIME: 4:00 PM DATE: 7/16/2013 TIME: 4:30 PM


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