Recently obtained crime statistics obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and compiled by New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services show that Burglaries and other violent crime are up dramatically since Mike Tangney (January 2012) took over and revamped the Long Beach Police Department.
According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services:
Burglaries increased 167% between 2011 and 2012, and are up another 80% between January and May 2013!
- 2011 (Before Tangney made PC) TOTAL 25
- 2012 (After Tangney made PC) TOTAL 67
- 2013 (January- May) TOTAL 21
- 2012 (January - May) TOTAL 12
- There are already nearly as many burglaries in LB in 5 months of 2013 as there were all year, the year before Tangney took over the PD! One can't blame the that on Superstorm Sandy! I also recall reading somewhere, but cannot find the quote, that city hall and the PD publicly stating that there was no spike in crime after the Sandy.
Aggravated Assaults went increased 9% between 2011 and 2012
According to Newsday violent crime in Long Beach grew 14% while the violent crime rate in the United States increased only slightly, 1.4% during the same period (2011-12). During the same period the New York City Crime Rate increased only 3.4%!!
Why is there such a massive crime wave in Long Beach? Considering the rate is still rising, one can't blame Superstorm Sandy. So it must be the leadership and the "restructuring" of the PD under Commissioner Mike Tangney who made $302,000 in 2012, which is almost double what New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly made that year!
Commissioner Mike Tangney was appointed police commissioner in early 2012 after current City Council members Scott Mandel, Fran Adelson, Len Torres took over city hall.
Police Commissioner Tangney's made $302,000 the same year we saw these dramatic increases in these crimes! Mandel, Adelson, Torres and Goggin publicly say that Tangney's salary is "only" $185,000 yet his W-2 form, obtained through Freedom of Information Act, shows that he made $302,000 in his first year.
I have made over 13 requests and appeals to city hall to obtain a copy of Mike Tangney's employment contract to understand how he could have made $302,000 in one year. However the Mandel, Goggin, Adelson, and Torres administration have ignored and/or refused to release a copy of the Tangney's contract. So much for "transparency".
When Tangney took over the reigns of the police department he immediately made leadership changes, he eliminated the Street Crimes Bureau, and he revamped the detective division.
Some may argue that the increase in crimes are as a result of Superstorm Sandy. But the figures refute that. These crimes were up dramatically even if one discounts the numbers for November and December,they months immediately following the storm. In addition,the crime rate percentages for most these crimes were also up between 2012 and January - May of 2013. In addition, after the storm, LB had it's own police on patrol, as well as Nassau County, the state police, the National Guard, and other law enforcement agencies assisting.