Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is reporting lower crime rates in 2009 – even though the county had to lay off 120 deputies this summer.
New FBI stats show the county’s drop in crime is part of a national – and local – trend. But in the capital region, no law enforcement agency took as big a hit as the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Despite that, violent crime in the sheriff’s patrol areas is down nearly nine percent from January through November, compared to the same period in 2008. That’s in the unincorporated parts of the county like Arden and Carmichael, plus the city of Rancho Cordova.
Sheriff John McGinness says it’s too soon to tell what kind of an effect the layoffs will have, since they only took effect in August – and there’s no clear reason for this year’s drop in crime. But he says it’d be foolish to expect the good news to continue.
McGinness: “I think it’s very likely that as we look at a tightening of the economic situation and greater challenges in terms of people making a living, the likelihood of numbers going in an unfavorable direction (is) something we should be prepared for.” (0:14)
Violent crime dropped four-and-a-half percent nationwide in the first six months of 2009. And the city of Sacramento tripled that rate.