The Mayor announced in his State of the City address last month that he was going to cut crime in Oakland by 10% this year. Outgoing Police Chief Wayne Tucker told an audience last need that he believed it the benchmark was attainable. Let’s take a look and see how we’re doing so far, shall we?
As of Wednesday, February 25th (XLS):
A couple of notes – crime, particularly violent crime, in the early part of last year was alarmingly high. (Not that these numbers aren’t alarming, they’d be shocking anywhere else, but in Oakland, cause for celebration. Well, a few years ago they’d have been cause for alarm even in Oakland, but there’s nothing Oakland politicians are so good at as lowering expectations.) It leveled out a bit starting in late Spring/early Summer 2007. So while these numbers show a dramatic drop, if you look at the number of crimes being reported now week to week, it isn’t much lower from what we were seeing in the last few months of 2008. I say this not to minimize the achievement of a reduced crime rate, only to add a little context to these numbers.