The Federal Government keeps track of crime stats by the 100,000.
Wilkes-Barre has a population of around 43,000, So you multiply the crime numbers by 2.33 to get the 'per 100,000' numbers.
Nine gun murders in W-B means we have a gun murder rate of 20.97 per 100,000.
Philadelphia has a gun murder rate of 21.5 or 21.69 per 100,000.
A tenth murder will put us at 23.3 per 100,000.
This is NOT the category that I want to beat Philly in.
We already beat Chicago (18.7 per 100,000), NYC (5.1 per 100,000, yea I don't believe that number either), Washington DC (14.7 per 100,000), and Los Angeles (7.7 per 100,000, I don't believe that one either).
"My goal is to hire at least 10 new officers in 2014, but we will closely monitor the strength of city finances to hire as many officers as the general fund can afford," Leighton said during his budget presentation at city hall.
This is a GOAL. Not a promise (that no one with an IQ above 20 would believe). It is a 'GOAL'.
It would be a good start, I will give him that. A better start would be increasing the PD to the pre Leighton levels of 91 officers.
Our nightmares aren't keeping up with our reality.
Dan Emplit WBFD
AKA Don Quixote