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October 17, 2021

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Only five murders reported in Salem according to the OSP database vs. 43 in Portland at the end of August. What a difference! I would not give too much credit to the SPD. "Crime prevention" by police may be a somewhat dubious notion. From what I have read serious crime is more a product of demographics, poverty and other societal factors. According to a study by economists at NYU reported by NPR "the average city would need to hire between 10 and 17 new police officers to save one life a year" at a cost of $1.3 to $2.2 million.

I have to correct my earlier comment. When I looked at the OSP database a little harder I noticed that there are different numbers for murders and murder victims. So while the numbers of reported murders I mentioned above are correct, the number of murder victims is six for Salem and 47 for Portland in the first eight months of 2021. Apparently a reported murder can result in more than one victim which makes sense. The number of victims is the more important number.

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