This post comes in the wake the author getting assaulted on Broadway at 25th Street over the weekend.
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What are our society’s financial incentives to keep crime down? How are financial incentives set up right now?
Is the Mayor of Oakland (Ron Dellums) paid according to how safe our city is? Hell no. Same for the OPD Chief. Does he get a bonus for a safer city? Should he? I believe so.
And how would we measure “safer”?
A – truly lower crime stats (not fake numbers like us govt employment and CPI figures) — fewer murders, muggings, car thefts (hooray, inept ACo DA Tom Orloff is gone as of a month ago! he reminded me of Doug from Weeds)
B – hire a 3rd party to independently and randomly survey real Oakland city residents. do they “feel” safer?
C – what do you think?
If these two people and those under them were paid more if the city was measurably “safer” would Oakland be a safer city? Or just safer on paper?
Side note: This idea isn’t original to me. Google “Popsicle index” and you’ll find it.
There are other people who benefit from higher crime too, financially.
- Prison wardens and their unions.
- For-profit private/corporate prisons. You think these don’t exist? Google “corrections corporation of america” or “corporate prisons.”
- “Bail bonds” outfits benefit from higher client turnover and fees
- At the end of the day, crime IS profitable. For many. And stopping crime is NOT profitable.
If you want to help me catch the pedicab passenger who attacked me Saturday night, head over to my site and click “donate.”
20 OPD detectives are sitting at HQ right now investigating complaints of OPD misconduct — probably over half of these reports are generated by criminals themselves to take the heat off themselves — and only 8 [eight, viii] investigators are covering all robberies and assaults in Oakland.
Effectively, misdemeanors are not being investigated. The lab techs have such a work backlog that OPD investigators themselves cannot ask for fingerprinting work to be done even if they have a burglary suspect and stolen goods IN HAND. The only dusting work these techs are allowed to do is homicide-related cases. (Highest priority.)
As you can see, as Charlie Pine and Chief Batts have BOTH said, Oakland really does only have HALF A POLICE DEPARMENT.
Since OPD effectively is over-burdened and not allowed to catch criminals, I’ll need to do more investigating on my own and hire a PI.