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LA sees 12% spike in homicides: ‘Los Angeles is not alone in this trend,’ says Mayor Garcetti

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles saw spikes in select categories of crime in 2021, notably a climb in homicides by about 12% year-over-year, but the mayor and police chief said the focus would be on the redeployment of officers and the acquisition of guns. has been focused. Off the roads are preventing the numbers from rising too much.

Among the more notable figures there was an 11.8% increase in homicides, while violent crime increased by 3.9% and property crimes increased by 4.2%. The number of people shot increased by 9%.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD chief Michelle Moore both acknowledged the increase, but the mayor said the pace of killings had stalled in the second half of the year.

“In that context, I remember the first half of this past year, when those numbers were well north of 25%,” Garcetti said of the murder rate.

The mayor also reminded people that LA isn’t the only city experiencing an increase in violent crime, which is happening in major cities across America amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Los Angeles is not alone in this trend. Now to put it again in context, America’s six most populous cities, apart from New York, are the safest cities when it comes to homicides. Chicago and Philadelphia and In Houston and even in Phoenix, those numbers are higher,'” Garcetti said. He also noted that the past 10 years have been “the safest decade on record in L.A. history,” although more recently Crime has increased.

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Garcetti said that over the past year, “8,650 illegal firearms were removed from our streets thanks to the men and women of this department and our partners in federal law enforcement.”

Moore said the creation of a Violent Crime Task Force put more officers on patrol and on foot patrols, in conversation with residents and community groups.

“Our focus this year has been to shift our resources to this violent crime, particularly shooting violence and robberies in the second half of the year, where we have seen their representation in the number of robberies involving a firearm. have seen growth,” Moore said.

“With those additional resources our homicide arrests increased by 37% — 429 homicide arrests last year,” he said. “That’s an increase of 47% compared to two years ago.”

The mayor also highlighted the work of his office’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) program, which focuses on gang prevention and intervention.

He thanked the program’s interventionists for “participating in the firefight, running to make peace, and getting there to intervene”.

The program’s service area has increased by 50% since 2013, and in the past year, the program provided prevention services to 2,700 families with 3,100 Angelenos and case management who were “at highest risk of being victims or perpetrators of violence.” The mayor said.

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Garcetti also noted the city’s pilot program for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services to remove some 9-1-1 calls related to suicide. More than 1,400 calls were diverted to Didi Hirsch, saving more than 7,000 hours of LAPD patrols and “some tragedies we will never be able to determine,” Garcetti said. A similar pilot was also launched with service provider Urban Alchemy. Divert some nonviolent 9-1-1 calls related to homelessness.

During a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said homicides and auto thefts occurred from 2019 to 2021 in areas polished by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Villanueva offered year-end figures for 2021, but said it was too early to draw any conclusions about trends in the first 12 days of 2022.

“Because we’re only two weeks into the first year, statistically it’s going to be all over the map,” the sheriff said.

The department’s data for the year ending December 31, 2021 showed “a two-year jump – this is comparing 2019 to 2021 – which was a 94.24% increase in homicides, a large number,” Villanueva said. “This 64.88% growth in Grand Theft Auto is bad news.”

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