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Chief wants to see less guns and decreased violence in 2013

Published: Mon, January 7, 2013 @ 12:06 a.m.

Murder, rape increased in 2012, but total offenses fell 7%



By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Overall crime in the city dropped 7 percent between 2011 and 2012, but violent crime increased, and police Chief Rod Foley said the department has programs in place to help curb that violence.

City crime statistics for the first 11 months of 2012 have been released, but the figures for December have not been computed yet.

During the first 11 months of 2011, the city recorded 4,349 total crimes compared with 4,042 for the first 11 months last year.

Violent crimes are categorized as murders, rapes and robberies. Property crimes are burglaries, thefts, motor-vehicle thefts and arsons.

The city recorded its first murder in 2011 on the first day of the year when 30-year-old Randy Cappelli was found lying next to a burning automobile on Shady Run Road on the South Side. There were 23 murders in the city that year.

The first murder of 2012 came on the seventh day of the year when 18-year-old Tre-Von Kimbrough was shot and killed behind a vacant business on Market Street, also on the South Side. The city recorded 25 murders last year.

The increase in the murder rate is representative of a 6-percent increase in overall violent crime.

“Murders have been consistent with what we have seen over more recent years, but we have had a lot of rapes [last] year, and that is unusual,” Foley said. “Robberies are also slightly up with about 15 more than the previous year.”

The department, along with city officials and other groups, have programs in place that they hope will reduce violent crimes in 2013, Foley said. One of the major programs he is counting on is the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence, which works with social groups and the faith-based community getting offenders help and education.

“We have seen that when we get our patrol division, other departments and other groups involved there is a difference,” the chief said. “I see the impact we have made but it is short term until we get involved with [offenders’] lives and solve some of their problems. Until then, you are just putting a Band-Aid on it.”

Foley said he realizes there will always be crimes of violence the department cannot stop, but programs like CIRV go a long way to curb violence overall.

Foley said the department also will be getting away from random or routine patrols and focusing more on intelligence-based policing and spot patrols. He said more can be accomplished by identifying problem areas in the city and focusing police resources to those areas.

“This will get us a little more focused on where we need to be in order to prevent crime instead of just managing it,” he said.

Much of that targeted enforcement likely will be the areas between South Avenue and Market Street, and Indianola Avenue and Midlothian Boulevard, all on the South Side.

Foley said that area contains the highest concentration of gang members in the city and often shows a high volume of calls for gunfire and other criminal activity.

The city soon will have a program on its website where residents can track crime in their neighborhood. The idea, Foley said, is to increase public participation in eradicating crime in each area of the city.

Foley said a major effort of the police department has been making arrests of individuals carrying guns. He said catching these people before they have the opportunity to commit a crime with the weapon is critical to lowering the crime rate.

“Hopefully, the programs we have put in place will bring in more of these gun arrests,” he said.

Property crimes such as theft, burglary and vandalism are down by about 9 percent during 2012.

Foley said police intervention and the arrest of serial offenders have a lot to do with the decrease.

“We have made a lot of arrests of habitual burglars. One habitual burglar can commit 10 to 15 burglaries a week, so making those arrest can really drop those numbers,” he said.

“We are happy to see crime overall down by 7 percent, but we realize we have a long way to go. We are trying to put programs in place to bring down the numbers.”


1lee(544 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Try God and discipline in school and not necessarily in that order.

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2cheybaby2(102 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Discipline starts at home, Control your kids, Keep your Kids away from the bad crowds, Drugs & alcohol. Teach them Respect, Stop handing then everything including cell phones Start Making them earn that, If you have a Problem Child Get it into a Good Therapist . Teach it about peer pressure. Start Being a Real Parent. And Taking Guns away Is not the answer, You take our guns then the Evil ones Have guns to rob & kill us, We have a Right To bare arms and protect what is ours. the 2nd amendment is our right.

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3NoBS(2312 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I wish the "news" media would get it right - I'm sure the cops don't mind honest, law-abiding citizens having guns, but the "news" media doesn't want to offend anybody by singling out the gang-bangers, thugs, and other criminals who illegally carry guns, and who ignore the gun laws the blissninnys want to enact. Its easier to blame the inanimate object - the gun - than it is dealing with the mentally defective human who pulls the trigger. But that's where the focus needs to be - on the human.

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4VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

One Russian writer recently said, they can no longer admire America due to its socialism, bankrupt government, and declining society, but Americans still have one thing Russians don't...the right to keep and bear arms. Don't ever loose it, because once you do, you will never get it back.

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5VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

When we were younger, all of the guys I hung around with had guns and hunted with them and went shooting on Saturdays. No one ever thought that was a bad thing. We were responsible. We had guns in our bedrooms or standing in the corner of the kitchen. No one ever got shot and kids never touched them.

Today, city kids are growing up thinking they need a gun to be cool, or to protect themselves, or for committing a crime. They have parents who don't care or are not around to raise them. They are being raised on the street, joining gangs and causing trouble.

Now, they blame me and my friends for this gun violence. Is it my fault you did not raise your kid right? Is it my fault you did not see this trouble growing? Is it my fault you looked the other way when you knew it was wrong? Is it my fault you think your kids are good kids, even after they shot someone? Is it my fault the law is not followed and these kids are not jailed for illegal possession? Why write a law when you don't enforce it? Is it my fault kids today never see their dad and fathers don't pay for the support of their children? No wonder we are a lost society and people in other countries think of us as roving gangs of social decline.

If we really want to correct the violence in America today, we have to be willing to address our poor skills in growing our society today. We are a petrie dish of social bacteria gone viral and no one wants to address the real problem. Do you really believe passing more guns laws is going to change anything, or improve our social issues? Nope...Nadda...nothing but more laws...and more violence. We just don't get it and that is the sad part.

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6redvert(2186 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Well stated VINDYAK! Those of us that understand what you are saying agree with you. Those that are not intelligent enough to understand or wish to blame others for their own inadequacies will continue to just wander thru life wondering how society could fail them and their offspring!

When nothing changes, nothing changes!

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7redeye1(5263 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

When are our judges going to start throwing the book at the bad guys, instead of just they slapping them on the wrist and letting them out. Its time for all law enforcement demand harsher sentences , less plead bargaining. PB shows a sign of weakness on the part of the Gov't . They all know it and they don't care because they will be out in a few years to do it again

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8excel(727 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Today we have political correctness to stave off hatred toward others selectively. At the airport everyone gets checked and there is no profiling. Gun control is no different. To impact just the criminals and mentally ill would be unacceptable. Everyone will be impacted by the new laws soon to be upon us.

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9DwightK(1399 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

No one wants your guns Vindyak. I haven't seen one serious proposal that says all guns should be banned. I don't even believe you'll be inconvenienced much by more thorough background checks or smaller magazines, which is all anyone is talking about.

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10redeye1(5263 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

DwightK Diane Fienstein has a bill just for that, to take away our guns , Its just the first step to taking away all weapons .

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11kensgirl(873 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Smaller magazines? All it takes is one shot. to kill someone. We need to keep assault weapons off the street for sure but it only takes one nut case to go into a school even with a revolver to hurt someone. The NRA has lost any respect I had for them. They want to place guns in teacher's hands??? Oh yeah, that will solve the problem. Columbine and Virginia Tech both had armed guards in their schools at the time of their shootings. We need preventiveness. These shooters all showed signs of mental illness prior to their rampages. Bring back mental health institutions like Woodside. Mental health care cuts were the first thing Obama did as president. We need to be more proactive than reactive or more of these unstable people will do increasingly more damage in the future.

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12borylie(900 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Has anyone ever read where after a shooting or a drug related crime when the Vindicator reported where the guns or drugs came from? Even if there is an on going investigation, surely at sometime the public should know from where the guns and drugs are coming.

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13mariong(1 comment)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Chief Foley is quite selective in his narrative. Smoke and mirrors. He mentions that the city's crime rate dropped in 2012, but the most serious crime - HOMICIDES, were up from 2011, and that is with 15 new (an increase) officers on patrol. He mentions that in 2011 the first killing in the city happened on January 1st (a little dig at the old chief). But let it be clear, when Chief Foley became in charge of YPD, there were 9 homicides (that was as of September 1, 2011). That was 9 homicides in 9 months, still too many killings for such a little city. But in the last 3 months of 2011, under Chief Foley, there were 14 more killings. It can't be repeated too often, under Foley's leadership, there were 14 murders in 3 months. Yes, in that small span, it was Dodge city. If Foley is going to take credit for the drop in the overall crime rate, he can take credit for the spree. It is his watch. He can't claim the good and ignore the bad or try to gloss over it. 14 Killings in 3 months. Smoke and mirrors - keep yapping about accountability of patrol officers, but no accountability for being charge while there is an abysmal homicide rate. More officers on the streets should have seen a decline. What is your chief doing?
Large cities seen a drop in the killing rate, except for Chicago with 500 homicides. In the District of Columbia, where the population is 10 times that of Youngstown (over 650,000) there were 88 killings. New York City, 412 homicides, but the city has over 8 million people, and the 2012 homicide rate was its lowest since 1960's. High numbers indeed but nothing compared to your city's homicide rate. And you people don't seem to care. You should be out there with signs in front of the town hall to demand an end to the smoke and mirrors in your police agency.
Your city did not change in 3 months, OR one year - your leadership did.

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14Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

""Much of that targeted enforcement likely will be the areas between South Avenue and Market Street, and Indianola Avenue and Midlothian Boulevard, all on the South Side."""

Perfect place to setup shop. Just hope they actually do it.


Really? Worried about Chief Foley and your nonsense about him taking credit? Would love to see you do his job. You need to worry about the wannabe gangstas KILLING innocent people instead of auguring about someone taking credit. No matter who's in charge you can't stop these animals from killing. Your stats are so ridiculous that don't amount to nothing. Oh, society today......we are in trouble......

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15DSquared(1531 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Obama loves chaos. He lives off of it.

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16VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

DwightK - apparently you have not read some of the proposals soon to be presented in Congress. I'm not going to go into details, but it would be the most severe anti-gun bill in history and another nail in the coffin for our economy.

This is what we are arguing against. We are being punished because society cannot control the criminal element they created. So, law-abiding citizens will lose their rights, more American businesses will close, people would lose their jobs, while the criminals and gansta's will continue to ignore the laws because laws do not apply to them. Laws are only for those who abide them. We can't even enforce our current laws, what makes you think the criminal element will abide by any new laws? This is the fallacy in the proposal and does nothing to address the real issue before us.

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