Last Tuesday, the Police Chief Adolfo Gonzales told the City Council that the National City Police Department, by November, will lose 10 officers because of budget problems. Thus, a reduction in staff members will result in a crime rate rise.

According to the San Diego Association of Government report, violent crime has fallen by 9 percent since the first of the year and overall, a 22 percent decrease since 2006. The overall crime rate has fallen 24 percent.

Chief Gonzales reported that much of the decrease was due to initiatives taken by the police department, such as installing surveillance cameras on Roosevelt Avenue, buying new laptops for the department, as well as Tasers and pepper ball launchers.

Gonzales stated, “I want to thank you and the public for recognizing the Police Department for everything we’ve been doing for the past six years.

Furthermore, the Police Department’s involvement with community action-based programs resulted in the drop in crime. Police officers work close with area residents to understand what is going on in their community and to get leads to prevent and combat crime.

Councilwoman, Alejandra Sotelo-Solis commented, “Our community members are feeling comfortable with reporting crimes because they feel more comfortable speaking to the police. Organizations like the Lowriders Association encourage a partnership between the community and Police Department.

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