Sheriff’s Department delivers midyear update; crime rate down

VISTA — Capt. Charles Cinnamo of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for Its Vista Station presented City Council That a midyear update during its Aug. 21 meeting. Cinnamo made clear that the amounts were unofficial and were being utilized for operational purposes.

Cinnamo said that SANDAG has not yet reported its own 2017 law enforcement midyear amounts and he anticipates it will publish its 2017 mid-year report .  

“So, with that in mind, the amounts you will see tonight will probably be unofficial, and when you compare the document that actually comes out, There Might Be some slight discrepancies based on particular statistical calculations,” Cinnamo said.      

The very first issue Cinnamo dealt with was the crime index of Vista, as well as good news was revealed by the data.

“We have continued to have the crime rate decrease in town,” he said. “We’re currently at best as everybody could tell, a 30-year low sitting at around 18.7 for our offense rate — even lower than most surrounding cities.”

Other North County city crime rates include Carlsbad in 19.7, Escondido in 20.6 and Oceanside in the maximal with 27.6.

“We’ve been really successful in attempting to maintain the property crime down while at the exact same time mitigating some of those violent crime problems,” he said.

Cinnamo reported that more than half of those crimes are domestic violence related. In attempting to mitigate this from occurring, their division looked at various ways, ” he said.

Next up was a deputy workload breakdown of calls for service created from community members and by deputy activity that is self-initiated.      

Through the years, calls for service have fluctuated, Cinnamo said. But, an uptick in calls happened during the first seven months of 2017.

“There is not necessarily a particular or a particular reason why, but that’s where the tendency is currently. The calls for service are increasing,” he said. “Right now, it is about 400 calls for its first seven months.”  

When deputies aren’t responding to calls and have free time, they cruise around searching for suspicious activity. According Cinnamo, deputies encounter crimes in progress to.

Those numbers diminished due to the uptick in calls for service made by the community.

“As calls for service go upward, the total amount of free time that deputies need for optional enforcement goes down,” he said. “We have a finite pool of deputies and a finite pool of time.”

On average, deputies get around three calls every day. While that doesn’t sound like a number, when it is translated into an actual law enforcement service Cinnamo said, it can take a significant period of time. 1 example raised was that the boost in mental health conditions.

“Mental health calls take deputies off the beat to get a substantial amount of time to get those people in the mental health centers and actually get them the treatment that they need,” Cinnamo said.

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