Local Police Talk About Prop 47 Impacts

Chief Mike O'Brien of Chico PD and Lt. Chris Nicodemus on how the law has impacted how their officers enforce the law.

Posted: Thu Jun 14 07:30:24 PDT 2018
Updated: Thu Jun 14 07:30:24 PDT 2018

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also gone up, but researchers say proposition 47 is not the cause. ### 2-shot julia julia for years, many californians have blamed rising crime rates on proposition 47. meaghan now, there's actual research linking it to an spike in crime. julia julia boxes but it's never so simple ... action news now reporter hayley watts spoke with local law enforcement to learn more about the actual impacts of the law. reporter live good morning, well the safeway shopping center here is a perfect example of the biggest, now-proven impact of prop 47 ... theft. vo after local retailers grew frustrated with continuing shoplifting as well as loittering ... safeway buckled down and hired armed security guards to protect businesses and shoppers alike. this new study makes a direct link in prop 47's easing of criminal charges to rising theft ... but it isn't all gloom-and-doom ... it also shows that the two-year re-arrest rate for prop 47 offenders is down .. a little .. by nearly 2 percent. the study also suggests that prop 47 has changed the way police do their jobs - so i talked to leiutenant chris nicodemus of the oroville police department - he saysdrug possion doesn't have the teeth that it used to - people aren't being held accountable- now officers destroy paraphenelia rather than actually arrest people. chief mike obien of the chico police department says, "i am convinced the impacts of proposition 47 and similar measures have decreased accountability and therefore increased crime in our communities." end quote. o'brien says the department's street crimes unit and the retail watch program were started specifically to address these "quality of life" crimes." so, while things may seem tough right now, crime in california today is actually considered somewhat low -- comparable to what we saw in the 1960s. in chico, hayley watts, action news now.###
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