LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Violent crime has dropped significantly so far this year in Los Angeles County — but law enforcement officials give much of the credit for the decline to its civilian partners.

KNX 1070’s Brian Ping reports on what the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. is calling a major success story.

Officials said violent crimes are down nearly 13 percent in its jurisdiction compared to the first eight months of last year. Serious property crimes are off by 4 percent, while homicides have been nearly cut in half from just five years ago.

Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker says much of the credit goes to some 4,300 people who’ve joined the department’s Civilian Volunteer Program.

“When there is a gang-related stabbing or shooting, these community leaders work closely with the sheriff’s department to reach out within the affected community and the gangs and the churches to help to calm the mood,” said Parker.

He added that effort is just one way civilian volunteers can “prevent additional bloodshed” and lauded the community’s improved use of tip lines like Crimestoppers.

Criminal homicides in the Sheriff’s jurisdiction are well on pace to finish below last year’s rate, which was the lowest since 1965.

Comments (6)
  1. charlie says:

    so now the criminals are volunteering ??? No wonder crimes went down. Goodness, what will they think of next ?

    1. Jim says:

      Charlie, as a Civilian Volunteer, I am proud to be able to be the “eyes and ears” for our Deputies. I would assume your crime rate is going down. And, Charlie, I am NOT a criminal….


    criminals working for scooby snacks!!! lol

  3. wobbles says:

    BS. Your drop in crime is because you have sent all your welfare cases and probationers and parolees to the inland empire and desert.

    1. Jim says:

      Does the Inland Empire have an active volunteer program?

  4. Anon says:

    Somebody should tell the South Pasadena Police Department that citizens can be their friends and are not the enemy. Good for the LA Sheriff’s Department, work with community leaders, not against them.

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