Police arrests are down statewide


In 2013, officers in Los Angeles were arresting fewer people. The next year, the number dropped even lower and continued to fall by 25% from 2013 to 2015.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department and the San Diego Police Department also saw big drops in arrests during that time period.

If you look at the numbers statewide, police recorded the lowest number of arrests in nearly 50 years. According to the State Attorney General's office, there were about 1.1 million arrests in 2015 compared with 1.5 million in 2006.

Why are arrests down?

Some in law enforcement say there's less manpower and changes in deployment strategies. Others says they've lost their motivation because of increased scrutiny from the public, as well as their supervisors.

Proposition 47, which downgraded drug and property felonies to misdemeanors, makes things even more interesting. A lot of officers say it's not worth the time to arrest and process someone when they'll only spend a few months in jail.

Between AB 109, Prop 47, Prop 57, and the attention put on our officers, there are a lot of things contributing to the decrease in arrests.

Read more at the L.A. Times.


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