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SANDAG: San Diego County Arrests Have Decreased Along With Public Safety Spending

Evening Edition

Aired 11/18/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Chief William Lansdowne, San Diego Police Department

Cynthia Burke, Ph.D., SANDAG Director of Criminal Justice Research


As the city of San Diego approves a plan to reverse the police budget cuts in recent years, a new SANDAG study finds that with public safety budgets down the number of arrests in San Diego county have decreased as well.

The statistics indicate that crime fighting is a complex endeavor and that law enforcement agencies around the county have had to adapt to shrinking budgets.


SANDAG-Public Safety Allocations

SANDAG-Public Safety Allocations

Arrests 2012: Law Enforcement Response to Crime in the San Diego Region, November 2012

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | November 18, 2013 at 12:56 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm very disappointed in KPBS.

A story has been out for the past couple weeks about SANDAG's partnership with local police authorities to be the first place in the nation to use facial recognition technology, something previously only seen on the battlefield, in our county police departments.

Of course this brings up a wide-array of privacy rights issues and potential for abuse concerns, but what is troubling is how it has been rolled out - very secretly.

Here are some examples of headlines you can find if you google news results for "san diego facial recognition":

"San Diego County Quietly Scanning Faces for Its Growing Surveillance Database"
"San Diego quietly slips facial recognition into the hands of law enforcers"
"Facial recognition, once a battlefield tool, lands in San Diego County"
"Facepalm: new program lands facial recognition software in cops' hands
'This pilot program is putting metadata to use in the field in real time.'"

And the list goes on.

But the overall themes" it's controversial and was done under the radar.

Two things that should peek the interest of any qualified journalist.

Even the UT, whom I am rarely kind to, reported on it.

Did KPBS miss this or was it a calculated decision to ignore it?

You had top police AND sandag officials on your noon-time program, and this didn't even come up!?


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Avatar for user 'Anon11'

Anon11 | November 18, 2013 at 1:29 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

I need some clarification. Is the article implying overall crime is down, or just arrests?

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