Community comments lead city, police to tout decrease in crime

Published 9:50pm Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Crime statistics filed by the Selma Police Department for 2011 showed an 8.2 decrease in total incidents from those recorded in 2010.

Selma Mayor George Evans said he asked Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley to read the numbers at Tuesday’s Selma City Council meeting in response to some media reports crime in the city had increased drastically under Evans’ administration.

“Naturally, I’ve been very concerned about a lot of the language out there, the dialog and discussion of the city when it comes to crime and comparisons,” Evans said. “Here is the data that reflects the status of the city based on data that’s been reported and recorded on crime and murder in our city… I don’t know where they’re getting their data from, but it’s not what our data shows.”

Records indicate that a total of 1,765 incidents were recorded in 2011, a decrease from the 1,923 reported in 2010.

Of all the categories listed — arson, assault, auto theft, breaking and entering of a vehicle, burglary, forgery/fraud, murder, rape, robbery and theft — decreases occurred in breaking and entering of vehicles, burglary, forgery/fraud and murder.

Up-to-date numbers for this year, which revealed the city is on track to have significantly less incidents than in 2011, were also presented at the meeting.

“If we continue on the path that we on are now, we will continue to see a decrease in crime,” Riley said. “Even though our numbers don’t show it, the officers are working hard … and their efforts are being shown by this decrease in overall crime.”

Figures in every category except murder are well below 50 percent of 2011’s totals. According to the police statistics, the city is 20 percent below last year’s total of murders.

Selma City Council President Cecil Williamson questioned Riley about a report he had heard on the radio earlier Tuesday that said crime had increased a significant amount under the current administration.

“As you can see, that is just not true,” Riley said. “We do not have an increase in overall crime. We are doing what we need to do.”

“It just amazes me, Chief, that all of these numbers are on the Alabama Criminal Justice information website,” Williamson replied. “Anybody can go to that website and see what these numbers are. And people who tell these lies to the community think we’re all stupid, that we’re not going to look for ourselves and see that they are lying; it’s just amazing to me.”

Evans said the fact that people will go out and trick people during an election year and call that politics was unreal.

  • D-man

    The danger of a Perkins win which will lead to another dramatic loss of the Selma “tax base” is scary. He is too controversial to keep people in the city and content. Those left behind will be the poorest of the poor who have no choice money wise but to stay.

    It’s sad that he doesn’t recognize his inability to unite the citizens across all racial and social barriers and create an atmosphere that people want to come back to selma. Instead he continues to create division and justifies his actions and blames others for his failures.

    He thinks people left because they were racist. He doesn’t even have the common sense to check the statistics as to a large number of black people moved out of Selma during his administration as well.

  • D-man

    well. it is just my opinion about the future payoff to the accountant but if his accounting is as off as his article he will get caught sooner orlater.

  • e1948eab74

    Amen DMan and I agree with Mr. Evans 100 % as they are using tricks, lies and more because they are running scared. Lord help us if Evans doesn’t win and also if Crazy Johnny wins. Actually I really don’t think Selma has enough fools to let Perkins or Leashore win.

  • D-man

    well, if Evans doesn’t get back in it’s bye bye to Selma growth… which will lead to far worse crime.

    perk only “cares” about the money and control. he is a poor leader in every way.

    i would suspect a deal was struck with that accountant that’s helping him in town (who also wrote that article about the crime in selma on to “contract” out some accounting services if perk gets re-elected. what better “crook” to have on your side if you’re robbing the cooking jar than a crooked accountant? Obviously, all of this is just my opinion, but…. it wouldn’t suprise me if a “very large” payment was made to the guy for accounting “services”..

    but hopefully we won’t have to worry about any of that and Evans wins the election.

  • JustTheDude

    “Evans said the fact that people will go out and trick people during an election year and call that politics was unreal.”

    This might be the dumbest thing a politician has ever said…

    • popdukes12

      Realizing that most of these reporters are fresh out of school and pretty much accepts what a politician will tell them on face value. I wish that one day they would get one that will ask that second level question. It’s easy to go and cover the “sound bites” and put them in the paper, but how many of them do their homework and ask unexpected questions.I remember what a well know mayor said about the press one time. It was something to the effect that you could give a reporter the meaning of life in a paragraph and he would still be looking at how to get a “sound bite” out of it. With the political season in front of us, my hope is that the press is doing their research and getting ready to ask the probing questions. I seriously doubt that a reporter ask an everyday officer why these numbers are lower. pops

  • popdukes12

    Taylor: Here is your key phrase, “Crime statistics filed by the Selma Police Department”. Had your checked with a “cop on the beat”, you would have found that new instructions from “higher ups” blocked multiple charges on an individual concerning a single incident. The two officers I spoke with indicated this happened at the end of 2010. This would naturally make the numbers go down. Sometimes you need to peal back the onion to find the truth. pops

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