Despite a decrease in police manpower, crime is down in Burbank, even as officers respond to more calls for service, and in a quicker fashion, officials reported Tuesday.
“We’re trending very well,” said Interim Police Chief Scott LaChasse. “Sometimes it’s not the numerics — how many you’ve got — it’s how smart you are about deploying them.”
The department shed three positions this fiscal year — a school resource officer, police lieutenant and police cadet — and added two police officers to respond to mental health-related calls.
Even so, the city saw a 2% decrease in serious crime — including burglary, theft, domestic violence and assault — and a 12-second reduction in emergency response times since last year for a new average of 3 minutes, 37 seconds, officials reported.
Over the last five weeks, police trimmed another 30 seconds off emergency response times, to an average 3 minutes, 5 seconds.