Police failing to solve crime under Mayor Wilda Diaz

Perth Amboy residents should demand that Mayor Wilda Diaz explain why city’s police force has failed to solve more than 85 percent of the crimes reported in the city last year.

Voice of the People by James J. DevineEven though there have been fewer crimes in the city, Perth Amboy police failed to arrest the vast majority of offenders and many of the incidents reported have been more dangerous than those in past years.

Out of 1,073 index crimes reported in 2015, there were only 153 arrests, for a clearance rate of just 14.3 percent, according to State Police records.

Almost two out of three violent crimes in the city went without an arrest, according to the State Police. While 231 violent offenses were reported, local police only made 86 arrests.

By comparison, police in Edison solved 70 percent of the violent crimes reported there, Woodbridge cops arrested 57.3% of that town’s violent criminals and 52.9% of such offenders were served justice in Carteret.

Unfortunately, the pathetic statistics reflect an improvement over 2014’s arrest rates, when Perth Amboy police nabbed just 12.5 percent of suspects who committed index crimes and 30 percent of the violent offenders.

Diaz, who broke her promise to enact term limits and is instead seeking election for the third time, has used police to drive her to out of state social events and the man she designated as the city’s top cop has been indicted for theft and official misconduct.

Mayor Wilda Diaz also signed a settlement to secretly pay $70,000 to end a false arrest and police brutality lawsuit filed by a woman who has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the American Heart Association and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

This must make people wonder what law enforcement officials have been doing and why city leaders are complacent as lives have been lost or destroyed. There were five murders in the past two years, as well as 14 reported rapes, and 31 non-fatal shootings. In 2012 and 2013, there were two murders, 19 reported rapes, and 22 non-fatal shootings.

Thirty-nine robberies at gunpoint last year marked a 333% increse in armed robberies over 2014. Nine robberies with firearms were reported in 2014, compared to 12 in 2013 and 13 in 2012.

Instead of addressing the city’s crime problem, Mayor Wilda Diaz appears to have stopped sending data to the State Police. Current Uniform Crime Report data is missing, and Perth Amboy shows no reported offenses and no arrests for the entire first quarter of 2016.


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