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Chief Smith during City Council Meeting (2/13/14)

. . . It is my professional opinion; Crime Rate is regulated by three active entities here in the City of Roswell.  Here in Roswell, and I further submit, the entire State of New Mexico, my professional opinion based on 30 years of Law Enforcement and Municipal Government experience; 3 mechanisms which provide controls or impact towards a crime rate.   The three interdependent yet reliant components are the Family unit, Law Enforcement (social services) and the judicial system.  To utilize terminology in the field of criminology:  The prevailing culture, societal services and consequence for non-compliant or deviant behaviors. . . . .When there is a lack of consequence, negative behaviors are reinforced for the younger generations whilst a perpetuation of the criminal mindset becomes part of the prevailing culture.


From Roswell Police Chief Phil Smith during the City Council Meeting on Thursday, February 13, 1014:

Greetings: Mr. Mayor and council members, it is again my honor to be able to present the update on behalf of the Roswell Police Department. February 13, 2014.

 

Status:

Current Manning: 93 on the books, 4 in-service training, 6 at the academy, two on a waiting list.  Full manning and fully trained with actual street assignment is June of 2014.

The fourth PSA is on board and participating in the In-Service Training.

Homicides were up, sex crimes were up, and assaults were up, all property crimes related to financial gain were up in 2013.

Current statistics end of year:  Persons Arrested 5774 last year 4751 (attributed to a more accurate software program recently installed).  Total Calls For Service: 55,214 up from 41,299.

*The estimated arrest rate for the United States in 2011 was 3,991.1 arrests per 100,000…Roswell would have 11,548 @ 100,000.

Hence my concern with recidivism within our community;  I randomly selected 20 individual arrestees chosen from the last two years files to establish categorically, offenders who have not paid fines or defaulted in court to establish the rate of recidivism amongst individuals found in this criteria.  Over the last month and a half there have been 165 warrants issued for such individuals. Of the 20 person sample the average re-offends number is 11.55.

It is my professional opinion; Crime Rate is regulated by three active entities here in the City of Roswell.  Here in Roswell, and I further submit, the entire State of New Mexico, my professional opinion based on 30 years of Law Enforcement and Municipal Government experience; 3 mechanisms which provide controls or impact towards a crime rate.   The three interdependent yet reliant components are the Family unit, Law Enforcement (social services) and the judicial system.  To utilize terminology in the field of criminology:  The prevailing culture, societal services and consequence for non-compliant or deviant behaviors.

Municipal Court = Quality of Life offenses, thefts, small drug amounts, criminal damage, burglary and shoplifting (minor larcenies)…Our recent sample using a starting point of January 30th to the current date has revealed 6 out of 10 (recent sample disposition taken the date of 1-30-2014) convicted offenders are leaving the court with the ability to re-offend.

Total arrests in Roswell for 2013 were 5774; total violent offenses 16.8% (Assuming at least one arrest occurred per violent event)… This leaves the remaining 83% of the crime in the City as what I would qualify as quality of life events or 4792 of the 5774 total arrests made in 2013.

 *In 2010, the rate of property crime was estimated at 2,941.9 per 100,000 inhabitants (Nationally).

 

Good news:

 Our recently instituted Street Crimes/Criminal Intelligence division is doing a “bang up job”, in just four weeks our four Officers and Sergeant assigned to this division have 57 arrests, 1018 total activities with 447 activities self-initiated…This division acts as a weekly impact or saturation patrol while it is also responsible for gathering and dissemination of intelligence…having bi-weekly meetings with State, County, Corrections, Probation and Parole, NMMI, FBI, ATF, Marshals, etc.. working collaboratively…our relationship with other surrounding agencies and Law Enforcement has never been more effective.

Summarize:

 Community members have to realize, they can go their entire lives without ever becoming a victim of violent crime, and can minimize opportunities to be victims of property crime, simply by using caution.

Roswell’s violent crime is directly or indirectly attributed to drugs and gang affiliation. Community members who are not involved with drugs and gangs, will most likely only read about violent crime.

The amount of property crime is usually resultant a need for money and enhanced by a poor economy. Roswell’s case has been enflamed and expanded due to the recidivism and reluctance of the courts to incarcerate, thereby allowing offenders to be released and re-offend on average rate of 11.5 more offenses.

When there is a lack of consequence, negative behaviors are reinforced for the younger generations whilst a perpetuation of the criminal mindset becomes part of the prevailing culture.