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  Positive Richmond Crime Story
November 28, 2010

From: Police Chief Chris Magnus:

I was pleasantly surprised to hear the report linked below as the "lead" local news story on KCBS radio last night and throughout today (Sunday), given the usually negative media reports regarding crime in Richmond.

Here is the link:  http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2010/11/28/richmond-sees-sharp-reduction-in-homicide-rate/.

That said, I do caution that homicide rates are not the best indicator of crime in any community.  For example, last year we saw homicides increase while violent crime and crime overall significantly decreased.  Homicide in our city is linked to many factors--some which we can influence--some which we can't.  I continue to believe that by focusing on the highest risk violent criminals (who, unfortunately, are often parolees) as well as on the highest risk locations for crime ("hotspots"), we are having a positive impact.  In addition, there is no question that neighborhood-based community policing is critical if we are going to continue to show progress.  There is no substitute for residents working together with the police.  This only happens when we KNOW each other and build positive RELATIONSHIPS with each other.

November and December are traditionally two of our most challenging months of the year as far as crime goes, but we will remain vigilent and committed towards achieving our public safety goals.  Thank you for your continued support and interest in our efforts.

Chief Magnus