Desert Hot Springs, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
According to a recent article from The Sacramento Bee, Kamala D. Harris, California’s Attorney General, announced earlier this month “that hate crimes in the state decreased 4 percent in 2011.” Specifically, the article explains that a total of 1,060 hate crimes were reported throughout California in 2011, a reduction from the 1,107 reported in 2010. As a City Manager in California, Rick Daniels has made it a priority to aid crime reduction. Daniels commends the statewide decrease in hate crimes, but offers further insight concerning the definition of the acts.
The article breaks down the crimes, classifying them into categories such as racial- or religious-based hate crimes. Representing 57.5 percent of hate crimes in 2011, those regarding race, ethnicity or national origin were reported as the most common type of hate crime. Among incidents that involved religious bias, anti-Jewish incidents were reported to be the most prevalent. Despite this distinction of hate crimes, Rick Daniels believes such violence is all-encompassing. He states, “Despite what the Attorney General thinks, all crimes are hate crimes.”
The article explains the recent statistics further, “A total of 313 hate crime cases were referred to prosecutors in 2011, and 253 cases were filed for prosecution. Of the 253 cases filed, 204 were filed as hate crimes. Of the 161 cases with a disposition available for the 2011 report, 76, or 46 percent, were hate crime convictions; 80, or 50 percent, were other convictions; and seven, or 4 percent, resulted in no convictions.” While the drop in hate crimes was made apparent, Rick Daniels notes that there is still a great need to address crime issues within California.
In Desert Hot Springs, California—where Rick Daniels serves as City Manager—crime reduction has remained a top concern. Daniels explains the efforts and results of the community’s action against crime, “In the City of Desert Hot Springs we have reduced Part I crimes by 46 percent, and the most violent crimes by 28 percent to date over last year. Part I crimes are down as a result of adding officers, equipment and technology, but most of all due to citizen engagement in crime prevention. Our citizens and businesses are involved in community policing meetings, neighborhood crime watch and community police academies.” As an advocate of such community efforts, Rick Daniels encourages other localities across the nation to adopt similar measures to address crime.
Rick Daniels has served as the City Manager in Desert Hot Springs, California, since 2007. In this role, Rick Daniels strives to foster financial growth, stabilize city government, encourage public works, reduce crime and engage citizens to become more involved with their community. Prior to holding this position, he filled other prestigious roles, including serving as the president of Richard A. Daniels, Inc. Rick Daniels was also the Capital Projects Director of Waste Management of North America, as well as the President/CEO of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.