Righeimer and Gazsi on "Early Release" Crime
In case you missed it, yesterday Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer and Police Chief Tom Gazsi were interviewed on PBS SoCal's "Real Orange" news program on the issue of the impact of so-called "AB 109" prisoner releases on local crime.
THE RECENT SWEEP
Reporters followed along as members of the CMPD and the Orange County Probation Department made sweeps throughout Costa Mesa recently and snatched up 7 probation violators and used that activity as the foundation of their news report last night.
VOICE OF OC REPORT
Our friends at the Voice of OC, which partners with PBS SoCal on local news issues, have reported on this issue today, HERE, in a piece that includes the video segment from the "Real Orange" broadcast last night.
I think you'll find it interesting that Righeimer and Gazsi have different views on the impact the AB 109 prisoners in our community. Righeimer, the non-cop (although he is related to one) is sure that AB 109 is having a big impact on crime, and says so. Gazsi, the career police officer with more than three decades fighting crime in our area, takes a more measured approach. He's willing to wait until we have enough statistics to validate Righeimer's claim.
IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE
And, as reporter David Nazar states in the report, it's probably only going to get worse. In the meantime, the CMPD will continue to watch the early release population in our community closely and use its diminished resources to grab them up if they violate the terms of their releases.
As a sidebar, lest you think these sweeps are routine, easy assignments for our law enforcement folks, earlier this week a member of the Los Angeles Police Department was shot in the face during a probation investigation, covered HERE by Fox 11 News in Los Angeles. These are the kind of situations our police officers potentially face every time they knock on a probationers door.