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City of San Jose.jpgA Major Drop in Violent Gang-Related Crime in San José

POSTED: 10/14/2014

San José has experienced a significant decrease in violent gang-related incidents since the beginning of the year.

San José Police Department data for January to September 2014 shows that violent gang-related incidents have dropped over 70 percent since January. The data, available online, will be presented to the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force on Friday October 24, 2014 at 7:45 a.m. in Committee Room 118 in the San José City Hall wing. The meetings are open to the public.

According to the report:
  • The monthly total for reported violent gang-related incidents of all types dropped from 28 in January to 8 in September. 
  • Gang-related homicides dropped from 1 in the month of January to 0 in September.
  • Gang-related robberies dropped from 8 in January to 1 in September.
  • Gang-related aggravated assaults dropped from 19 in January to 7 in September.
  • Gang-related rape was at 0 in both months.

“These excellent results are a testament to the hard work of the men and women of the San José Police Department under the leadership of Chief Larry Esquivel and the many community members and organizations who make up the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force,” said San José Mayor Chuck Reed. “The Department has responded to problems creatively and redeployed resources effectively while the Task Force members excel in collaborating with our department and are big contributors to reducing gang related crime. The U.S. Department of Justice has recognized San José’s gang prevention program as one of the best in the country. The positive relationship our police department has with our community is what makes our success possible.”

Links to crime statistics and other reports can be found online on the Public Safety webpage. 

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