Thursday, January 31, 2019

WLBT Questions JPD Crime Reports

What's in a number? Quite a bit if it is the crime statistics for Jackson.  WLBT's C.J. Lemaster dived deep into the crime stats for Jackson and didn't like what he found.  He reported:

While JPD only posted the crime pages on Twitter a few times in 2018, JPD posts the weekly Comstat reports on the city website.  That report contains a summary of city-wide crime as well as precinct reports. 


Cynical Sam said...

Those dems love to cook the books using their fuzzy math.

Anonymous said...

180 total police!! Geez! That's not nearly enough to police this zoo. One things for sure...CJ Lemaster will be moving up and out of this market if he keeps this up. Hate to see you go CJ. Thanks for all your work. You clearly care.

Anonymous said...

This is sad, pathetic, disturbing, disgusting and frightening. Get out while you still can.

Anonymous said...

see the article about the gang fights / bullying @ Cardozo Middle School?

Anonymous said...

Good for WLBT. But they are just scratching the surface. Clinton, Hinds County, Ridgeland and Madison and Pearl and Brandong have been reporting DECLINING crime rates for years. If crime was falling like all of these places say, there would be no crime. This is a result of nobody with a journalism degree knowing how to look at numbers.....until this guy.

Hey Mayors, you better scrub next month's crime stats.

Anonymous said...

60 officers a shift in a city that is nearly 115 square miles, 160,000 people?
Criminals have very little to worry about. Jackson is just one disaster away from a Black Hawk Down type scenario.
With the staggering truancy rates, wayward students out number police officers on any given day. At any given time half of those officers are processing criminals or crime scenes, leaving 30 or so officers to police the city. Safety is not sustainable given these figures. Add to that, criminals are being churned through the criminal justice system and being rapidly released to commit more crimes. This is a losing scenario. I counted 21 squad cars at one crime scene. During those times there must be just two dozen officers working the beat. My suggestion is by a gun, get permitted and protect yourself. The mayor and the police chief are always “ taking steps” to correct the problem. Always ready to have discussions and to make radical plans, this is short for “ we are not going to get anything done.” I hold out little hope that Jackson will end up any better than Soweto or Port aPrince. Good luck Jacksonians! Without any solution on the horizon expect crime to continue to skyrocket. Just do not expect the Choke or JPD to tell you truly what is happening..

The Ghost of Frank Melton said...

COCO with the POPO got cancelled due to Disaster with Lemaster.

And that my friends is the bottom line.

Anonymous said...

Seriously. What do you expect? Why would anyone be a cop? A criminal can steal a car, pulll a gun, shoot at officers, and if officer fires back trying to save his own life, the NAACP is formulating a march, Carlos Moore’s phone is ringing, and CNN is running a breaking news story. All for 32K/year. Not to mention the cop who tried to protect the community is vilified by having name released. Prediction - you ain’t seen nothing yet! A year from now, there will be less cops, and those who are left won’t touch a black neighborhood. Then, CNN and other liberals will be screaming racism because cops aren’t protecting them.

Anonymous said...

60 officers a shift assumes they work every day of the year. The true math would assume they work only 5 days a week for 50 weeks a year. They also get sick leave (which they probably take). if you readjust the numbers, you will find these numbers are woefully inaccurate, or skewed to paint an even more rosier picture.

Anonymous said...

Would it be possible for the state to install some type of strict oversight concerning JPD's crime numbers?

In other words, lets get the fox out of the hen house.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this was done at the direction of the highest office in the city. That would be REALLY "radical".

Anonymous said...

ANOTHER Jackson murder. Annual projection now 141 for 2019.

Anonymous said...

10:17 - as a layperson, what's the optimal coverage for patrol officers? And does it vary on the type of area (residential, commercial, etc.)?

Anonymous said...

This is excellent reporting. This is real journalism by a real journalist, not some fluff from a “TV personality.” One can tell the JPD representatives are playing fast and loose with the truth, just observe the way their eyes shift around when confronted with provable facts and analysis. Then, of course, there is the “I don’t have those numbers handy.” What a crock.
Reminds me of the Governor’s Cabinet scene from Blazing Saddles. . .

Anonymous said...

60 officers per shift, divided by 4 precincts equals 15 officers per precinct per shift. The officers work 8 hour shifts, 5 days on 2 days off. That
leaves 11 officers working each precinct per shift, 44 for the entire city. Factor in vacation and sick leave and you are looking at less than 40
officers working on any given day. JPD has been toying with Comstat numbers for years, changing Auto Theft to Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle; Burglaries to Larceny or Trespass; Aggravated Assault to Simple Assault, get the picture, change the reported crime to a misdemeanor for statistics.
The number of officers has been on a steady decline resulting in lower quality individuals becoming officers leading to decreasing professionalism throughout the department. Hinds County SO has been dealing with the same problem. Fewer people as a whole choose law enforcement as a career and even fewer choose Jackson/Hinds County as a place to live and work. Having been born here and spending most of my life here it is sad to see.

Anonymous said...

With all of the Stars and other quasi military brass decorations on these "officers", I would have thought that there were at least "battalion strength" numbers of officers and men. At least they have the resources to keep those Harley's they ride available for the St. Patricks's day parade.

Frank’s Folly said...

Kingfish, they actually don’t post them to the website weekly. I tried to look in December and I saw a report from October posted there. It’s hard to see that because there’s no main page for COMSTAT reports, which would have each week on a separate link. There’s only the “crime stats” link, which takes you to whatever PDF they decided to post there.

Anonymous said...

7:14, you're exactly right. Reminds me of the present ACLU suit against the Madison County Sheriff's Office. The plaintiff in the ACLU suit is suing the owner of the apartment complex where he lives claiming that there is an atmosphere of excessive crime and violence at the apartment complex and that the apartment owner has failed to provide sufficient security at the complex. So the MCSO starts patrolling the apartment complex more often and trying to reduce the crime there, and now the same guy and the ACLU have sued the MCSO for racial profiling and discrimination. WTF ?

Anonymous said...

Record keeping is the least of the problem.

Anonymous said...

There's only one difference between Marshal Fisher's appeal to the legislature and the way Jackson handles it's crime reports. Fisher claims what his agency does is nobody's business and Jackson PD just makes shit up.

No wonder Warren Strain bought a bus ticket across town.

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