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Update of SJPD Crime and Gang Suppression Efforts
Filed under Press Release, on 10/26/2013 10:31:00 AM by Author: Sergeant Heather Randol #3528.

Update of SJPD Crime and Gang Suppression Efforts

 

San Jose:
The San Jose Police Department's Violent Crime Reduction Plan (VCRP) 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 suppression of gang-related crime remains a core competency of the San Jose Police Department and as such, a top priority for our officers. The following is a status update on the Department's effort to reduce Uniform Crime Report (UCR)-Part 1 Crimes during the first nine months of 2013 in our City.

Included below are the Department's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) crime statistics and gang-related violent crime statistics. In June of 2013, the Department modified the manner in which it classifies gang-related homicides to provide a more accurate picture of the level of gang-related homicides in the city. The updated method of classification, which is based on the California Penal Code (Section 186.22 - Participation in a Criminal Street Gang) provides investigative guidance to detectives and ensures that each case is classified objectively. Homicides are now considered "gang-related" if they involve a suspect who willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of a criminal street gang with the purpose of furthering that gang.

Gang-Related Violent Crime
Below are the gang-related violent crime statistics compiled by the Department's Gang Investigations Unit. Overall, gang-related violent crime (not including Homicides) through the end of September 2013 dropped approximately 13.5% from the same time in 2012.

Gang Related Violent Crime 2013
Jan-Sept
2012
Jan-Sept
% Change
Homicide 8* 14  
Aggravated Assault 133 148 - 10.1 %
Robbery 23 35 - 34.3 %
Simple Assault 29 31 - 6.5 %
Total 185 214 -13.5%

Homicide numbers were not added to total Violent Crime numbers due to the change in classification in June of 2013.  Total Violent Crime numbers reflect Aggravated Assault, Robbery, and Simple Assault.

*California Penal Code 186.22 criteria applied

Uniform Crime Report
Below are the UCR crime statistics through September of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. San Jose had 33 homicides between January and September 2013 compared to 32 in 2012 for a 3.1% change. Violent crime in San Jose through September of 2013 has dropped over 11% from the previous year. In addition, property crime in San Jose through September 2013 has dropped approximately 3%. Overall, San Jose has seen a decrease of approximately 4% when you combine violent and property crimes.


PART ONE CRIMES REPORTED
YTD 2013 vs 2012

OFFENSES

2013
Jan-Sep

2012
Jan-Sep

% Change

Homicide

33

32

3.1%

Rape

196

202

-3.0%

Robbery

783

898

-12.8%

Aggravated Assault

1348

1528

-11.8%

Total Violent Crimes

2360

2660

-11.3%

Burglary

3803

3786

0.4%

Larceny

9395

10774

-12.8%

Vehicle Theft

6215

5430

14.5%

Total Property Crimes

19,413

19,990

-2.9%

GRAND TOTAL:

21,773

22,650

-3.9%

 

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 its proactive efforts to strengthen community partnerships, conduct youth and anti-gang outreach through education and the use of social media. We are committed to the prevention, intervention and suppression of gang violence.

"While we are pleased with the results of our gang suppression efforts, we look forward to our continued partnership with the community and the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force to reduce these numbers even further. Of course this would not be possible without the hard work and dedication our officers perform on a daily basis.  I would like to personally thank them for their commitment.  As we move forward we will broaden our focus to include quality of life issues. However, we must also continue to address our staffing and officer retention concerns." said Acting Chief Esquivel.

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BY: Sgt. Randol #3528 AUTHORIZED BY: Chief Larry Esquivel
DATE: 10/29/2013 TIME: 8:00 AM DATE: 10/29/2013 TIME: 8:00 AM


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