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Crime in Sunnyvale - What the Public Safety Officers Union Doesn't Want You to Know

If you read the latest campaign mailers sent out by the Public Safety Officers Association (PSOA), you might think that Sunnyvale Crime in the years around 2002 through 2004 suffered an amazing increase due to some supposedly poor decisions by our elected officials.

For example, one literature piece claims that crime in Sunnyvale increased after cuts were made to the Public Safety Budget in the year before 2003. This is absolutely false. First, there were no cuts made to the Sunnyvale Public Safety Budget in 2002. In fact, in 2003 the City Council actually increased Public Safety spending by nearly $600,000 above the initial budget in this year (see item 1D. of the February 25, 2003 City Council meeting minutes and Item 2. of the March 18, 2003 meeting minutes). Since the existing public records seemed to disagree with what the police union was saying, we asked the City for an official response. Not suprisngly, the City Attorney confirms our side of the story and it appears that the union bosses have come down with a serious case of amnesia or researchus incorrectus.

Moreover, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) crime statistics actually show violent crime decreased in Sunnyvale in the subsequent years 2003 and 2004 in direct contrast to the messages from PSOA. See the City memo references above as well.

If you don't beleive us, here are the crime rates for Sunnyvale as published by the FBI

Year

Population

Violent

Crime

Murder

Rape

Robbery

Assault

Property

Burglary

Larceny

Vehicle

Theft

1995

120,185

254

3

29

110

112

3777

459

2714

350

1996

121,284

231

0

29

80

122

3488

420

2522

315

1997

122,767

214

0

26

74

114

3204

461

2261

268

1998

128,359

192

2

25

61

104

3000

409

2133

266

1999

129,311

200

1

25

46

128

2655

304

1944

207

2000

130,115

191

1

17

43

130

2638

308

1952

187

2001

134,209

180

0

18

59

103

2518

289

1995

234

2002

136,601

192

2

24

70

96

2377

322

1837

218

2003

131,048

172

2

26

65

79

2884

372

2269

243

2004

130,032

161

2

19

52

88

2843

395

2102

346

2005

128,862

232

3

27

73

129

2661

495

1794

372

2006

130,063

184

1

21

81

81

2632

524

1699

409

2007

130,326

154

2

15

62

75

2,629

372

1,896

361

2008

131,052

184

2

17

65

100

2,590

350

1,894

346

2009

132,144

169

1

11

71

86

2760

431

2026

312

2010

134,073

169

0

26

59

84

2227

407

1574

246

 

The San Jose Mercury News in their October 18th editorial wholeheartedly agree with these conclusions and stated that they simply don't buy the anti-public safety messages that this union is attempting to portray.

Even though we pay our officers on average over $170,000 per year, it just goes to show that you can't trust everything you hear in an election, even from a police officer!


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