Sheriff McDonnell Announces Significant Decreases in Crime Rates Across Communities Served by the LA

In a continuing effort to provide transparency to the public, Sheriff Jim McDonnell stood beside his leadership team to present preliminary details of Part I and Part II crime statistics for 2017 and to highlight the decrease in crime from the previous year. As a result of hard work and dedication to the residents and business partners in the communities that we serve, early numbers of Part I and Part II crime statistics demonstrate that the County saw a significant decrease. Between January 1, 2017 and December 26, 2017, Part I offenses, which include criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny theft, grand theft auto, and arson, preliminary data showed an overall -4.6% change with 73,431 incidents. This compares to 77,007 reported Part I incidents for the same period last year. Today, Im pleased to report significant decreases in crime rates across L.A. County, said Sheriff McDonnell, in reference to the compelling Part I crime drop. This represents nearly 3,600 fewer violent crimes or property crimes committed this year. Year-to-date Department statistics for 2017 reflect an significant 20% decrease in homicides and 27% decrease in gang-related homicides, compared to 2016. Sheriff McDonnell believes this to be attributed to the Central Patrol Divisions 35% reduction in homicides between 2016 and 2017. Century, Compton and East Los Angeles Stations had the most significant decreases, with 45%, 44% and 53%, respectively, in homicides between 2016 and 2017. Decreases were also demonstrated in Part II crimes, which include forgery, fraud and non-sufficient funds checks, felony