Is the SFPD misleading the public about the increase in crime?

Chief of police Matt Burns recently sent out this press release;

The crime rate over a five-year period remained flat, even with an increase in population.

That’s interesting because across the hall at the law enforcement center, our Sheriff said this in The Stehly Report;

“Felonies are up 100% from 5 years ago, and we have a record number of homicides.”

~ Mike Milstead, Minnehaha Co. Sheriff

Has the city and county doubled in population the past 5 years? Nope. So who do we trust the Chief or the Sheriff? It seems Chief Burns has left out a lot of important information when it comes to crime growth in our city. It seems he is continuing the Barthel tradition of ‘if we tell people it is ok, it’s ok’.



#1 Theresa stehly on 02.12.18 at 4:17 pm

For the record, Sheriff Mike Milstead was very specific about the message: “Felonies are up 100% from 5 years ago, and we have a record number of homicides.”

Visit my Facebook page to read his entire article in the Stehly Report.

#2 Sierra broussard on 02.12.18 at 6:29 pm

That’s why we need a new chief and open the door to a external as well .when is the citizens goo a wake up and notice when need a new chief .

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 02.12.18 at 8:42 pm

Allow we to use some Sarah Huckabee-Sanders logic (or would that be some Kelly Ann logic ?) and say that if misdemeanors are dramatically down and all of the increases in felonies and murders happen outside the city limits, then both spokesmen can be right. It is what the White House might coin an “alternative view”……:

Now, about that bridge on 8th Street that I want to sell to you…….

#4 "Very Stable Genius" on 02.12.18 at 9:03 pm

Say, I also got to thinking, that talking about the area crime rate is really a little too premature right now. We should really wait until after the completion of the OSHA criminal investigation, then watch her go up regardless of whose stats we believe.……

#5 The D@ily Spin on 02.12.18 at 10:35 pm

Huh, there’s a murder and drug bust every week. Five years ago, there was maybe five per year. Given population growth, crime is at least double now. Does the Police Chief live in Canton like the Fire Chief? They should come to town once in awhile and see what’s happened in the metro area.

#6 Thomas on 02.12.18 at 11:52 pm

I think for some time people have realized that the crime in town is going up. Quite frankly you can not have this population growth and get some of the bad things that come along with it, like more crime and more dangerous crime. Sioux Falls would not be the only place that this has happened. Sioux Falls used to be a sleepy place to some degree when I was growing up, but it is only a matter of time before one of these shootings has bullets go through the wrong house and kill and the wrong person or maybe a kid. But you can not sell your city as this great place to live if you talk about crime. It would be nice if the mayor and the police department were honest about this.

#7 l3wis on 02.13.18 at 12:03 am

I have argued that while crime IS on the rise in SF, it is still at a point where it is manageble. But you are right, there needs to be some honesty about where we are at now in order to move forward and fix it. We can’t tell the public everything is hunky dory and try to fix it behind the scenes. The public must be informed in order to be a part of the solution. Sunshine goes a long ways.

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 02.13.18 at 9:34 am

But they don’t want to spend money on fighting crime, cutting the grass in our parks, sweeping our streets, and plowing the streets too. Rather they want to build a shining city on the hill, which outside investors will take note of because of our new Events Center, Sports Authority Zone, and Indoor Pool and etc. Not knowing that crime is up, because its finally and merely reached the national norm, and unless they are caught in a snow storm while here, the outsiders looking in are not aware of how essential services have been lost in this town over the last few years in order to pay for an image – and to impress these outsiders at the taxpayers’ expense and in relation to local taxes versus services rendered from those taxes….

#9 Canadian on 02.13.18 at 12:51 pm

I watched the replay of this briefing and they stated the drug cases and arrests for meth we’re both at record highs. Those are all felonies so that seems consistent with what the Sheriff is saying about felonies increasing. Am I missing something?