VANDALISM DOWN, HOMICIDES UP!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.
January 7, 2013 at 9:40 p.m.
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