Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dramatic improvement

Fifteen years ago my boss, Mayor Mike Johanns (now Senator Johanns) decided to commit some City resources and time to a project to improve the community’s response to domestic violence.  In collaboration with several stakeholders, the Family Violence Council was formed, following a year of strategic planning. 

Earlier this month, the director of the FVC, Bob Moyer, was among the testifiers at the public hearing held by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies regarding the Lincoln Police Department’s application for reaccreditation.  Mr. Moyer testified about the police department’s partnership with other organizations in the community on a variety of strategies to improve the response to domestic violence. 

During his testimony, Bob presented some statistics that were really rather mind-boggling.  I’ve watched them from year to year, but to look back over the life of the Family Violence Council is quite a different perspective.  Here’s a snapshot of some of that data:


19962009
Dual arrests17641
Percent of arrests being custodial arrests43%77%
Number of repeat offenders19657
Number of offenses committed by repeat offenders324103
Number of offenders committing 4 or more offenses in year244
Number of perpetrators ordered into intervention programs0465
Number of perpetrators sentenced to jail126318

This reflects a remarkable accomplishment in combatting violent crime in the City of Lincoln.  Consider that during this same time period, the population of the City has increased by about 47,000 and the change becomes even more dramatic.  While the police department did not cause this effect, we were a critical component in the improved community response that led to these results, and this is something we can all be proud of.

8 comments:

JIM J said...

I will say I have limited LE knowledge, but I will venture a guess.
My guess is the holiday season has a spike in dinner fights, and family gatherings. Add a bit of alcohol and let the sparks fly.
Most people with anger problems are very good intentioned people, i.e the UNL football coach. Those that have these anger issues behind closed doors are the most damaging.

Steve said...

Chief:

Didn't have enough coffee this morning? Or, maybe Bob's statistics were not really all that impressive ("mild-boggling").

Tom Casady said...

Steve-

Okay, okay, I faxed the typo. Thinks vary much.

Anonymous said...

Not to say LPD's work wasn't causative, I would also say that over the past 15 years, public knowledge of domestic violence has increased, and tolerance of domestic violence has dropped. It's no longer acceptable to say "well, boys will be boys" or "she deserved it." If that makes perpetrators think and stop, then we've made progress.

I think we've made similar progress with drunk-driving. It's no longer acceptable and in fact, it's no longer tolerated. Sadly, both drunken driving and domestic violence still happen, but there will always be stupid people.

Steve said...

Chief:

Not to be picky, but you missed another one (3rd paragraph, second sentence).

yer velcum

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Best wishes to those that have to work and protect the rest of us that don't.

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ARRRRG!!!! said...

@JIM J;

Sometimes families get together during the Holidays then realize why they only get together once a year.

Anonymous said...

Gee Tom I can't believe a man of your intelligence could make a typo.
Whenever I write a comment and make a typo, you and your buddies come back at me like I'm a damn idiot.