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Friday, May 1, 2009

Jerry Brown's Crime Fighting Model – The Results Speak For Themselves

California’s top law enforcement officer once implemented 11 separate anti-crime initiatives while Mayor of Oakland.

The results? Brown isn’t safe in his own city – so much for his crime fighting template.

Jerry Brown Wanted To Use Oakland As "Template" For Fighting Crime Statewide

Jerry Brown: "I Think We Can Set Up What We Do In Oakland As A Template To Help Other Police Departments." "Brown calls up statistics on the murders, rapes, robberies, and other major crimes that are carried out in the city. 'I think we can set up what we do in Oakland as a template to help other police departments,' he says. 'I don't think there has ever been an attorney general who will have a focus on crime at the micro level as I have.' As of late August, Oakland had 95 homicides, one more than all of last year. In 2004, the city's murder rate was 20.6 per 100,000 people, compared with 5.5 nationwide." (Roger Simon, "Jerry Brown, Eliot Ness Fan, Aims To Be California Crime-Buster," Bloomberg, 9/28/06)

Jerry Brown's "Tough, Hands-On" Approach Included More Than 11 Plans, But Crime And Murder Continue To Climb

Jerry Brown Declares That His "Tough, Hands-On, Creative" Approach to Fighting Crime Will Be A Huge Asset. "Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown said his 'tough, hand-on creative' approach to fighting his city's vexing crime problem is a huge asset as he runs for California attorney general." (Jim Herron Zamora, "Democratic Candidates Make Their Pitches," San Francisco Chronicle, 4/25/06)

With Less Than 8 Years In Office, Jerry Brown Has Offered No Fewer Than 11 Crime-Busting Attacks, But Crime And Homicide Rates Continue To Climb. "When it comes to anti-crime plans, Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown has Tried just about every trick in the book, offering no fewer than 11 crime-busting attacks since taking office in 1999:

Just two weeks after being sworn into office, Brown broke ground by calling for a Rudy Giuliani-style monitoring of crime to keep the cops on their toes.

Three months later, in March 1999, Brown announced Project Exile, which called for criminals with guns to be prosecuted under stiffer federal laws.

In August 1999, Brown -- standing in front of pictures of homicide victims -- called for the tracking down of repeat offenders wanted on outstanding warrants.

In February 2003, Brown backed a plan by City Councilman Larry Reid to beef up the city's anti-loitering law to curb open drug dealing.

In September 2003, Brown called for the closing-down of drug houses. So far, authorities have gone after 60 such establishments.

In November 2004, Brown finally won voter approval for more money to hire cops and offer more social programs to give youths an alternative to crime.

In January 2005, he called for a citywide curfew for parolees and people on probation, which is still in effect.

In July 2005, Brown held a job fair for ex-convicts.

In March 2006, faced with a new crime crisis, Brown ordered the redeployment of 115 officers to a new crime-suppression unit.

In June, it was the High Five program, under which at least 30 police officers were pulled from other duties to fight crime in East Oakland.

And just this past Thursday, he announced a program to focus on the city's toughest 100 criminals." (Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, "Brown's Returned Fired On Oakland Crime," San Francisco Chronicle, 8/6/06)

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