Santa Ana PD Deems Critical Report ‘Biased,’ Study Group Responds
Updated: Aug 13, 2020
The Urban Peace Institute’s community safety assessment of SanTana caused a bit of a civic ruckus when released last month as it took city government and its police department to task. Most disturbingly, it reported a skyrocketing homicide rate in the city that rose by 62 percent over a five-year period, something that contrasted sharply with a 59 percent decline in the Santa Ana Police Department’s homicide clearance rate. Commissioned by the California Endowment, the assessment challenged city hall to stop its “business as usual” approach to public safety.
But a week after the report’s release, SanTana’s po-po is saying, “not so!” with regards to its methods and conclusions.
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