Concord Police Chief Guy Swanger’s Semi-Annual Public Safety Report

April 14, 2014 8:00 am · 35 comments

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Concord Police Chief Guy Swanger has released his semi-annual public safety report.

Some of the numbers that stick out besides the ones shown above are for the cost of homelessness in Concord. In 2013, there were 1862 calls for service regarding homelessness, which is up by 359 calls from 2012. The increase in cost went from $240,920 in 2012 to $297,920 in 2013.

Chief Swanger says Concord is a safe city, and year over year comparisons show no statistically alarming changes. He adds incidents of violent crime continue to be less than in area cities of similar size.

Please click on the image shown above to view the detailed report.

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1 daniel April 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

There certainly IS an alarming change with the stolen vehicles and the costs for the homeless issue.

2 And.... April 14, 2014 at 9:12 AM

as a result.. 19 men in 2012 and 13 in 2013 were castrated.

3 BagsFlyFree April 14, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Help your police, tell your city manager you want brighter lights in your streets!

BFF Out!

4 Anon April 14, 2014 at 9:32 AM

“In 2013, there were 1862 calls for service regarding homelessness, which is up by 359 calls from 2012. The increase in cost went from $240,920 in 2012 to $297,920 in 2013.”

Lets do something about it –that is a lot of manpower used on them.
Since most are white– no racism is involved.
Got to love the trash & human waste that they generate & leave behind– such great Americans.

5 anon April 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Bad numbers, police have to do a better job.

6 jtkatec April 14, 2014 at 9:55 AM

#2, an uptick in medical waste.

7 ConcordMike April 14, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I would like to see what the first three months of 2014 look like as well.
I bet the numbers will be much higher on average for the first quarter of this year compared with the other years.

8 Anonymous April 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Id like to see them put more emphasis on burglars. They have ripped us and our neighbors too. Do we have a strategy for burglars? How many probation searches are we doing?

Is anything proactive happening?

9 Anon April 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

“Is anything proactive happening?”

Why yes– the burglars are very proactive–they make a nice living doing their job…& if caught– they get probation.

10 Daniel Shays April 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Numbers are up in 5 of the 7 categories. I hope his raises and bonuses are affected by this poor performance.

11 Anonymous April 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM

I agree with daniel #1. The auto theft increase appears statistically significant.

Isn’t Concord being proactive by encouraging or providing those steering wheel lock devices for older model Hondas? It would be interesting to know if that program has resulted in fewer stolen Hondas.

12 Cuzzzzz............... April 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Pretty much what one would expect with a city that has a population of 120,000+….No longer small town or suburb. Urban sprawl is what the people of Concord wanted and got with all the housing, condo and apartment developments from 1970-2000 and the immigrant/low income sector of the Monument Corridor……welcome to the pitfals of said urban sprawl and being a “real” city

13 By The Numbers... April 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

These stats are not good. I’m glad the data has been provided. I’m glad the article didn’t mention that the police force is financially strapped, or the desire to increase taxes, pay for more officers, or increase pay for existing officers, then promise better results. Concord tax payers already give over $25,000,000 per year to the top 129 officers per year. With so many cities going bankrupt I’ve done some research recently. The website:

http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/concord/

lists city salaries in groups of 50 employees at a time. Did you know 43 of the top 50 city salaries are police? On page 1, the salary ranges are between $308,000 to over $200,000 in total pay and benefits. The top 43 receive over $10,000,000 in total pay and benefits per year. On page 2, 45 of the next 50 are also police, for over $8,330,000. On page 3, 41 of the 50 are police, for about $8,200,000. That’s means the top 129 police officers receive $25,530,000 each year. I only added up 3 pages too.

Most people appreciate the police, including me. I’d like to see greatly improved stats for this amount of money (every year).

14 Freedom of choice April 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Does everyone know that concord is a safe sanctuary city for illegals. So wonder there is so many homeless and crime with people knowing they won’t be deported or moved out of the city! Good ol concord, wonder if walnut creek is the same way haha

15 ChampagneKitty April 14, 2014 at 1:43 PM

to Freedom of choice #14–That is not correct; stop spreading false information. Concord is not a “sanctuary city” and the city council has said so. Also, the number of homeless people in Concord has been declining.

16 The Realist April 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

The numbers are doctored and manipulated for the benefit of the sheeple and the Federal stats. I wouldn’t believe a word Concord PD says.

17 Cuzzzzz............... April 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Champagne Kitty – the number of Homeless in Concord has NOT declined. You need to check the county stats by city/region and you will see that the 3 larger urban areas of Contra Costa County have had an increase in Homeless. The areas are Richmond, Concord and Antioch. This comes from the County site and the numbers are from the Homeless count done every year. The city itself does not have the acurate data that the County Homeless program has. And that Champagne Kitty is FACT!

As for “sanctuary city” status……it may not be official but I also do not see any ICE raids in Concord like they have had in other cities. To bad as the Surenos are taking over and people are living with their heads up their bums when it comes to gang activity in Concord. The Surenos are so brazen they have several YouTube videos about Concord including one that was filmed in Meadow Homes Park. Again Champagne Kitty it is FACT!

18 Elwood April 14, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Looks like crime is up in practically every category.

Tough to spin that one.

19 anon April 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Is there a category for drive by shootings?

20 ChampagneKitty April 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Regarding the homeless…I stand corrected…I thought I saw Chief Swanger give a report some time back on homeless statistics and I seem to remember feeling surprised at hearing about a reduction in the numbers…here is a detailed report from Edi that was published on Halfway to Concord:

http://halfwaytoconcord.com/concord-homeless-data-review-oct-09-to-sept-12/

Maybe what I was remembering was #10 or #12 in the report…

21 ChampagneKitty April 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

There aren’t any ICE raids because the chief hasn’t asked for any because he doesn’t think it’s necessary…I’m not saying we don’t have gang activity; we certainly do…but gangs are not “taking over”…that is a gross exaggeration…watch the chief’s report from the 4/8 city council meeting…

http://www.cityofconcord.org/citygov/agendas/council/

22 MikeT April 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Does anyone know if they still have a special enforcement team?

23 Cuzzzzz............... April 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Champagen Kitty – please speak to an officer in the Gang Task Force…….or better yet look at the videos they have posted on YouTube. That will tell you everything
Also since you rarely leave your apartment (per you) how would you know what is really going on in the outside world??? Concord is not a anything like Pleasant Valley Sunday.

24 justice April 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

@by the numbers
wow good find. I would love to compare that to other alike cities to see if we are getting our moneys worth!! that’s a lot of top paid salaries they had BETTER do a good job for that kind of money!!!
there is your next story Mayor!

25 Anon April 14, 2014 at 6:14 PM

On Fry Way today the homeless hanging out in the open drinking 40′s. I thought I was in Oakland. Not even 50 feet from the liquor store. I get the issue is the police are busy and there are too many homeless and non-contributing people sucking the system dry. When you dont have enough police to handle calls for service the police cannot be proactive.
“They will do more and more with less and less until they can do anything with nothing”

26 Yhe Phantom April 14, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Some folks must be horrified that law enforcement is working so well.

Concord has been a model for a city of 122,000+ people. with about 1,200 homeless (1%).

It is a beautiful place to live, with new development housing for some, and authentic hometown housing for others. Good shopping, restaurants and good people.

People from all over the world dream of living in Concord, and the Diablo Valley of Contra Costa County.

No major crime problems because of great law enforcement.

27 Cuzzzzzzz...... April 14, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Yhe Phantom – People from all over the world do not dream of living in Concord and per the County Homeless Stats there are way more than 1200 homeless in Concord. Add to that the shopping absolutely sucks and most of the restaurants is crummy chain food…..Boy that must be some good dope you are smoking to believe anything you write.
CPD is doing the best they can with the mamby pamby citizens that have little grasp on what is really happening around them. Maybe they to are smoking the same dope you are

28 qwerty April 14, 2014 at 9:10 PM

@by the numbers
Nice research, that’s a lot of money! I didn’t know there were 143 people on the force, much less that of the top 150 salaries in the entire city, 143 were police. Holy cash flow Batman.

29 Yhe Phantom April 14, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Five miles to the most fantastic magnet downtown in California.
Three miles to a wonderful fishing and boating paradise.
Two miles to one of the finest State Parks.
Three hours to the snow, two hours to the ocean beaches.

Twenty six miles to San Francisco CA, One of the twelve most beautiful cities in the world.

Your move!

Get out more…travel somewhere…anywhere

30 Cuzzzzz............... April 15, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Yhe Phantom – I travel…Europe, Asia, Australia…..And you??????
Downtown Concord is a major non-event. Period. As Gertrude Stein would say there is “no there there”. “Fantastic magnet”….magnet to what???? There is nothing to do. No music venues (jazz clubs, indie rock venues etc), live theatre, fine dining (I know you consider Spaghetti Factory fine dining but its crap), cultural events, art galleries etc……As far as fishing and boating the Delta is is smelly mess in the summer and Mt Diablo is a nice park but far from one of the “finest”. SF is also dirty, smelly and not very safe compared to other fine cities like Boston, Seattle, Portland or Rome, Salamanca and Athens (you can walk around or enjoy cafe’s in Rome, Salamanca and Athens after midnight with no threat to your person……can’t do that in SF)

I like most people think you are a dope smoking drug addled fool Yhe Phantom……you defintely have no sense of reality. Concord is just another run down small city……..and it gets uglier by the day (just look at the blight on Monument, Clayton Rd and upper Willow Pass). Too bad idiots like you thought growth and the 3rd world population of the Monument is a “great” thing. Just wait until Concord is the “Richmond of Central County” similar to Antioch being the “Richmond of East County”. Most see it coming and that is why the upper middle class is leaving……Police are doing the best they can considering the fools that are running the show and idiots like you

31 Yhe Phantom April 15, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Whenever you meet someone who is a hate filled complainer, remember that God lets then live longer.

32 Cuzzzzz............... April 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Yhe Phantom – go back to doing what ever drugs it is you are doing…..nobody on Claycord like you or thinks you have any value…….quite clear from the views people have of you on the Politics blog. And perhaps if you ever had a job……..hmmmmmmm……of course most who have fried their little brains on drugs don’t have jobe. They just leach off the system

33 Jmh employee April 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Oh champagne kitty, remember politicians lie and feed you what you want to hear. Why is there no DUI checkpoints on monument anymore. Over half the people didn’t have licenses and were illegal. Then everyone cried out don’t target the illegals or poor. Stay away from the problem area, hence monument blvd. making concord ( all together now) a sanctuary city. Do your homework kitty bubbles

34 ChampagneKitty April 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

to Cuzzzzz…………..Why do you keep making references to smoking dope? Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they’re on drugs. It just means they don’t agree with you. You know, you’ve got a pretty ugly attitude about Concord and its citizens. This is supposed to be a conversation about crime statistics in Concord and this is what you’ve been turning it into:

“To bad as the Surenos are taking over and people are living with their heads up their bums when it comes to gang activity in Concord.”

“Also since you rarely leave your apartment (per you) how would you know what is really going on in the outside world???”

“Add to that the shopping absolutely sucks and most of the restaurants is crummy chain food…..Boy that must be some good dope you are smoking to believe anything you write.”

“I like most people think you are a dope smoking drug addled fool Yhe Phantom……you defintely have no sense of reality. Concord is just another run down small city……..and it gets uglier by the day”

“Yhe Phantom – go back to doing what ever drugs it is you are doing…..nobody on Claycord like you or thinks you have any value”

Cuzzzzz………..what is the matter with you? Why are you so nasty? Why are you turning this thread into a place for you to insult everyone else? Are you like this with people in person? And if you hate Concord so much, why don’t you just leave? And why do you even comment here if you dislike Claycordians so much? Obviously, you are not happy here but I’m sorry, Concord is not anywhere nearly as bad as you’re trying to make it sound. I think that you need to take a hard look at yourself and the way you treat people and consider if this is how you really want to live your life.

35 Cuzzzzzzz...... April 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Champagne Kitty – get a grip. I was not addressing you. If you can’t handle the truth about Concord that is your problem. What has happened was inevitable do to over growth. Concord does not have the correct leadership for a city its size. It has nothing to do with those on the council it has to do with the lack of experience for a city this size. Hell Concord doesn’t even elect its mayor, the dang council appoints the mayor ,And you sure as hell can’t believe any politician even if they are a minister as they will spin things to make themselves look good and to further their career up to the BOS and beyond.

As I said before the police are doing the best they can with what they have to work with. I agree with jmh Employee………..can’t touch certain areas as it might upset certain people. There is not one entrance to Concord that is nice. People exit the freeway and are greeted with blight or bums or both. How lovely is that???? I have a neighbor that just sold their home here in Lime Ridge and bought in Alamo because they have a child that is about to start school and don’t want their kids going to school here because the schools are less that desirable. And schools are the barometer for a city and it desirability.

As for Phantoms statement “people from all over the world want to live in Concord”…………Concord is not know world wide. I have yet to meet someone in Rome that is “dying” to live in Concord. There is no here here. Please name for me one nice music venue (no the pavilion is not a nice venue), 5 star restaurant, or playhouse. That is what makes a “destination” city not the nothing known as Todos Santos Plaza (where the homeless are sleeping on the lawn during the Tuesday morning farmers market). Not endless housing, chain/fast food establishments or the “Concord Auto District” (the fluffy name says all that needs to be said about the leadership of the city).

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