OC Register's Exposé of Increasing Anaheim PD Ineptitude Further Indictment of City's Latino "Leaders"

Times are definitely tough for the Anaheim Police Department when even the Orange County Register is raising critical questions! In a fine article by Keegan Kyle that ran in yesterday's paper but that you can't read online because of that whole paywall thing, the city's police department is increasingly failing to solve violent crimes. Under former Chief of Police Roger Baker, the department could once boast a 73 percent rate of solving violent crime cases between 1998-2002.

But since then, largely under the oversight of current Chief John Welter, who announced his pending retirement recently, that statistic has dropped thirty percentage points in a downward spiral over ten years unrivaled by any other law enforcement agency within county lines.

The news is sure to cause a rhetorical shimmy and shuffle among the chief's boosters and, indeed, already has. The reasons for the current 43% violent crime solving rate, largely fueled by rape and felony assaults, are debated by all sides in the Reggie article, but other pertinent data and facts are as follows:

  • Solved rape cases dropped from 77% in '98-'02 to 42% in the past five years.
  • At least 480 rape cases remain unsolved since 2002.
  • Since 2002, APD's budget has ballooned 60%.
  • Between 2002-2009 staffing levels grew, but crime-solving rates still dropped 30%.
  • APD never reported the declining statistics to the city council nor residents.
  • Most of the violent crime occurs in Anaheim proper (West of the 57 freeway).

The reaction to this revelation has been varied, but the gem among them all comes courtesy of Amin David, emeritus chair of Los Amigos, who was left "speechless" telling the Reggie, "I'm of the mind that Chief Welter has been an outstanding police chief."

HA! Shows how much the dean of the city's Latino "leaders" is clued in to reality. In addition to the Latino advocacy group, David has also been a member of the Chief's Advisory Board since 2004 along with his heir, Anaheim City School District trustee and Los Amigos head Jose Moreno. While Anaheim burned last summer, they and their allies sat largely silent, standing by Welter and the police department and sitting alongside people like fellow advisory board member Kris Lasher, who told the Register "I just have the highest trust of the Anaheim police, and they're doing an outstanding job with what they have to work with."

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Anaheim's current 'pac-man' budget

Speaking of allies, OC Human Relations Executive Director Rusty Kennedy, another Chief Welter booster and de facto part of the county's Latino "leaders," didn't chime in on the Register article but has played a role in the Advisory Board. A circulating fact sheet that followed the Weekly's article about controversial canvassing on Anna Drive by OCHR, noted "services rendered" (and paid for by APD under the guise of city dues) included "community building efforts such as helping to organize and serve on the Chief's Advisory Board." In defending the commission, Kennedy managed to unveil yet another monied nexus between the organization and Anaheim police!

The formation was noted as an innovative practice introduced by Welter in the press release announcing his retirement, but it apparently played no role in bringing to light the question of declining crime-solving statistics.

Captain Bob Conklin and Anaheim Police Association President Kerry Condon noted lower staffing levels as a possible explanation, but the trends, as the Reggie points out, ultimately don't pan out with that line of thinking. The role of gangs in felony assaults and witness intimidation was raised, but not the three gang injunctions and four 'safety zones' in the city that are usually statistically touted before another was added just this year.

Mayor Tom Tait was initially unaware of the percentages, but ultimately came in agreement with Welter that the Baker-era figures might have been inflated.

With the current chief's nine-year reign closing to an end, perhaps, with the passing of the baton, violent crime-solving statistics might yet have a chance to start turning around. Whatever the case, at least the public's aware of the issue now--but will the yaktivists apologize for vouching for years for a department the rest of the city knew as inept and out of control? Don't bet on it...

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carlashworth
carlashworth

McKinley serve on his commission as a representative of law enforcement, currently he toadies and plays cheerleader for Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson with his unequivocal support for Nelson's authorizing the countyto purchase a vacant strip mall and turn it into a homeless shelter in Fullerton. A noble gesture until it was revealed Nelson's friend a local real estate agent was only one allowed to sell this strip mall to the county with a cushy commission on the deal.

Rusty Kennedy once cooed in the 1980's about the political rise of Mike Carona who eventually became sheirff of OC and now a jailbird that Carona graduated from Redlands University just like him.Jailbirds of a feather flock together

carlashworth
carlashworth

"Speaking of allies, OC Human Relations Executive Director Rusty Kennedy, another Chief Welter booster and de facto part of the county's Latino "leaders," didn't chime in on the Register article but has played a role in the Advisory Board. A circulating fact sheet that followed the Weekly's article about controversial canvassing on Anna Drive by OCHR, noted "services rendered" (and paid for by APD under the guise of city dues) included "community building efforts such as helping to organize and serve on the Chief's Advisory Board." In defending the commission, Kennedy managed to unveil yet another monied nexus between the organization and Anaheim police!"

Rusty Kennedy has turned a worthwhile commission into his personal , money-making machine. As the executive director of this commission for decades, Kennedy has morphed it into a snitch machine for the Anaheim PD, ran interference between Fullerton PD's numerous civil rights abuses committed against the community of Fullerton and the moral outrage of this same community, had Fullerton Police Chief Pat

Minerva Magdalena
Minerva Magdalena

It is the responsibility of both the Voter and the person that represents the people to elect and perform to the highest level of service. Am very saddened to hear this but, it does not deter my Faith in Our Gente.

Jeff Charreaux
Jeff Charreaux

And we thought our historic leader, Mr. Viaraigosa, was the only visionary who was improving quality of life with tickets, as described above!

Christina Fratzke Blair
Christina Fratzke Blair

When I lived in Anaheim (57 & Lincoln) there was never a cop to be found. I was chased down by a guy w a machete and had my car stolen both in front of my house. I moved to Anaheim Hills (imperial and orangethrope) and that's where you find cops....hiding all over Anaheim hills giving BS tickets.

Laurenz.
Laurenz.

I finally got around to looking at yesterday's paper last night and thought, "Seriously OC Register...a 2, 3 page story on how Anaheim PD sucks? That's the effing cover story?" Har har. (lives in Anaheim...west of the 57 freeway)

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

"Most of the violent crime occurs in Anaheim proper (West of the 57 freeway)."

Aún otra razón para separar Los Altos de Anaheim del llano de Anaheim.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

So many folks in this area are dancing on the BORDER of criminal complicity/willful negligence.. 

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Mitchell_Young That community would exist for a day before screaming to have Yorba Linda save it...

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