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City Council approved to hire Matrix Consultation to conduct a study on the city’s branch of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department police force at its Tuesday night meeting. The goal of the study is to find out where San Clemente’s crime is most frequent, if additional officers are needed and other aspects of law enforcement.
Public safety advocates spoke during the oral communication portion of the meeting, citing OCSD’s statistics that show some of the city’s crime rates have risen in the last few years.
Additionally, advocates said statistics such as transient vulgarity and the increase in homeless encampments are not calculated in these statistics.
The city will pay $49,000 to Matrix for the study.
OCSD San Clemente Police Chief Dave Moodie said he has spoken with the public safety advocates and will put together a task force of officers to examine some of the areas where crime has been an issue. People who spoke said they constantly call OCSD and the city’s Code Compliance to deal with various issues that have sprung up in their neighborhoods.