Former Watsonville Mayor Luis Alejo made a special appearance at the Watsonville City Council meeting Tuesday night to recognize the city’s police department for the its crime-fighting prowess. The city recorded its lowest crime rate in 30 years in 2010.
“Thanks to the Watsonville Police Department for doing a tremendous job fighting violence in our community,” Alejo said in a prepared statement released before Tuesday’s event. “…I commend the great work of the Watsonville Police Department for its superior record of law enforcement.”
Alejo highlighted some of the most significant achievements:
•The overall crime rate was down 15 percent last year.
•Youth arrests dropped 34 percent.
•Violent crime fell by 8 percent.
•Property crimes were down 17 percent.
•Homicides dropped 75 percent when compared to 2009.