Chief Spagnoli Vindicated On Crime 'Crackdown' Stance

At her last 'Coffee with Cops" gathering, she said that Oakland's focus on its 100 most violent blocks was not pushing crime into San Leandro.


Oakland officials have scaled back a police crackdown on the 100 most violent blocks in that city and reassigned some officers to counter a rash of burglaries in more affluent neighborhoods, it was reported Tuesday.

That action vindicates an observation made by San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli at her last "Coffee with Cops" meeting.

In response to a question, Spagnoli said Oakland's program had . To the contrary, she said her contacts in Oakland had told her that focusing on that city's rough flatlands had only pushed crime into other neighborhoods in the same city.

But San Leandro may see crime increase for other reasons.

In December, Spagnoli told the City Council that in San Leandro because of a prison-release program at the state level called realignment and the fact that parolees have so much trouble finding work.

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Vin Decasion April 25, 2012 at 09:31 PM
It may well be that Oakland's crackdown has not pushed more crime in San Leandro, but the fact that crime went up elsewhere does nothing to "vindicate" that claim. I assume the police are basing the claim on stats of our own crime rate. Vindication would be showing statistics which demonstrate a lack of corresponding increase in crime during the time of the crackdown.
Barry Kane April 26, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Almost 50% of our arrests in San Leandro are people from Oakland, that is amazing.
Mike Katz-Lacabe April 26, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Barry, I only compared the number of Oakland and San Leandro residents arrested, not the total number of arrests. I didn't include residents who were arrested from Hayward, Castro Valley, San Francisco, etc. In January 2012, the SLPD made 215 arrests. That means that San Leandro residents comprised 40% of those arrested and Oakland residents comprised 25% of those arrested. In March (244 total arrests), San Leandro residents were 33% of those arrested and Oakland residents were 37% of those arrested. So it is NOT true, at least for the first three months of 2012, that nearly 50% of the arrests by SLPD were people from Oakland.


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