Sheriff Stan Sniff campaigned on a reduction of Crime in Riverside County in 2014. It appears to have been a fluke, Sheriff Stan Sniff did not plan to fail, he failed to plan. For the period of January to June 2016, we have a disturbing story of a crime wave in Riverside County:
Crime data for the January-June period shows overall violent crime surging 14 percent within the agency’s jurisdiction.
The violent crime rate is factored using Part I crime data. Part I crimes are classified by the FBI as offenses that include murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, auto theft and larceny.
The violent crime component focuses exclusively on murder, rape, robbery and assault.
According to the sheriff’s department, there were 27 homicides in the first half of this year in its patrol areas, compared to 14 during the same period in 2015 — a 93 percent jump. Looking only at unincorporated communities, the growth rate was an even 100 percent — 10 murders in the first six months of 2016, compared to five in the first half of 2015.
According to sheriff’s officials, the overall Part I crime rate edged up 4 percent from January to June.
Sheriff’s statistics showed that robberies spiked by 19 percent, while aggravated assaults grew by 11.4 percent and rapes by 1.5 percent.
More vehicle thefts and larcenies drove the property crime rate up roughly 3 percent year-over-year.
Sheriff Sniff has some explaining to do. I suppose he will blame the board of Supervisors. We know he has blamed the rank and file officers many times and wonders why they want him out of office.
Even as Sheriff Sniff was campaigning on lower crime, there was a harbinger of things to come from the 2013-2014 crime stats:
Figures released by the sheriff’s department show aggravated assaults rose from 1,610 incidents in 2013 to 1,759 in 2014.
What do we know for sure? Unused jail beds. Slow-rolling the opening of the jail. Fighting with the Board of Supervisors. Furloughs. Hiring Freezes (his choice, not the supervisors). Refusal to engage in creative, thoughtful solutions to keep more cops on the beat. Heck, the Sheriff won’t even cooperate with ICE when the criminals could get deported much less end up in Prison here in Riverside County!
In 2014, Sheriff Sniff Publicly promised 1.2 Deputies per 1,000 residents. Suffice to say, that is a campaign promise the good Sheriff has not come close to keeping (including these disastrous crime statistics..)
However, Sheriff Sniff does rake in $335K+ in total compensation, including taking a 20% pay raise while people were getting pink slips.