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SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz 

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.

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  • well its a good thing i did not need to sit down at north beach , there was a bum on every bus metro link and park bench the other morning sleeping after my survey i did notice most had the same new blanket

  • Mary Ann Mattingly Reply

    The citizens of San Clemente have consistently presented overwhelming evidence to our Council of the significant rise of crime in our city. Now that the situation can no longer continue to be denied, Council has responded to our pleas to hire more officers by squandering money on a, “study,” in the hope that it will produce a result counter to what the constituents have publically testified to. An obvious stall tactic aimed at not providing residents with the protection they deserve.

    • Um, obvious stall tactic? Don’t think so. Before the city does anything relating to new expenditures they do studies. This is particularly prudent in the case of expenditures that are not one-time and recurring annual expenses like this would be.

      Now consider the fact that when the voters passed The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (aka Prop 47) it was a game changer for crime and law enforcement.

      It took away the ability for law enforcement to put lawbreakers in jail as easily as before, emptied out prisons, and made the doors to the prisons and jails a revolving door. Basically, it is career criminal nirvana now thanks to prop-47.

      Given this paradigm shift adding more police most likely will not have the desired effect if all they can do is write a ticket instead of arresting people, right?

      If this study is limited to just workforce staff I am glad it is being done independently of the OCSD. Otherwise, it would be like asking a cars salesman to tell you how many cars you need to buy. 😉

      What we really need is a study to find solutions to address the new post prop-47 crime paradigm.

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