JORDAN COCKERAM: How can we make WeHo safer again?

Public Safety. It’s the issue that has top billing at every candidate forum, and it’s the first thing everyone asks me about when I knock on their doors. We’ve all seen the statistics, crime is up 137% from last year, and the current council’s decision in June to cut the funding for the Sheriff’s Department (or reallocate it to Block By Block, whatever phrasing you or anyone you talk to uses) has everyone worried about walking our streets at night. What can we do to make West Hollywood safer again?

My plan isn’t a monumental one, or anything groundbreaking and new, it’s simple – give the Sheriff’s Department the funding and resources they need to keep us safe. If you’ve read any of my Op-Eds before, you know I use math, statistics, and facts to back up my ideas and plans. So brace yourself, because here they come. It may not be as sexy as platitudes and buzz words are, but it’s proven! I’m a finance guy, so it’s in my nature.

Five years ago, West Hollywood had 62 deputies in rotation. As of 2021, we were down to 59, which then dropped to 46 due to reasons that aren’t necessarily within our control (retirement, relocation, injury, deputies quitting, etc). After the decision in June takes full effect, we will be down to 42. That puts West Hollywood at 0.9 deputies per 1000 residents, compared to LA’s 2.3 per 1000. West Hollywood is a densely populated area with a lot of traffic for businesses, nightlife, and restaurants. We need a higher ratio of deputies to residents, not a lower one.

I spoke with Captain Moulder, our West Hollywood Sheriffs Captain, and asked specifically what they would do if they got that funding back. I wanted to make sure that the money is going to serve the residents, and not be wasted on things that aren’t going to make us safer. Captain Moulder told me that with that funding, the Sheriff’s Department would increase foot patrols in the neighborhoods. Before the pandemic, the city also allocated special funding to the Sheriff’s Department specifically for those foot patrols. I want to restore that funding as well.

Captain Moulder also said that they would like to increase the Entertainment Division (the division of the Sheriff’s Department that patrols the nightlife areas of West Hollywood – Santa Monica Blvd, Sunset Blvd, etc) from four nights a week (Wed-Sat) to five nights a week, and ideally every night, if the funding allowed for it. With the June budget decision, we did get another deputy for our Entertainment Division, and Part 1 crimes (the really bad ones) have decreased from 355 in June, to 242 in July, and even further still to 163 in August. Having more deputies on patrol keeps us safer.

Proponents of the defund movement are using examples of police brutality against minorities and excessive force to justify taking their funding away. I’m not saying that this doesn’t happen, I know it does. My father is a former police officer, and I went on ride alongs with him all of the time. While I never saw a use of excessive force with my own eyes, I certainly saw instances of officers abusing their power and treating some people better than others. But we can’t, and we shouldn’t, practice collective punishment. There are bad apples, but the vast majority of our peace officers are good, hardworking, caring, and fair people. Instead of punishing the many for the actions of the few, we should use some of that funding to establish and increase on-the-job trainings, and educating deputies on the experiences and fears of people who may feel like police are working against them, and not for them.

I’ve spoken with neighbors and residents as I’ve campaigned and canvassed, and that’s what they want, so that’s what I’m going to push for.

As always, I welcome and want your feedback! My plans come from talking to you. You can reach out to me by phone or text on my cell phone at (323) 250-0992, or by email at JC@JordanForWeHo.com. I promise you, you’re more likely to make an impression by contacting me directly with your constructive criticisms than you are by calling me mean names in a public forum under a fake name. But feel free to comment whatever you’d like. Snakes and stones never broke my bones 🙂

If you want to see more of my platform, please check out my website, JordanForWeHo.com, and if you support me, please do me a huge favor by telling ten other people to vote for me! I could really use your help. Thank you so much!

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About Jordan Cockeram
Jordan Cockeram is a candidate for West Hollywood City Council.

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Stephen
Stephen
1 month ago

I like his approach and temperament.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
1 month ago

This is what happens when you get people who think and act beyond soundbites, memes and hashtags, or in the insular world of social media echo chambers. This is also what happens when candidates for office engage in dialogue with those that others merely bash or bully from a dais or other platform. Yellers and screamers cry wolf and run out of energy or engagement. Thinkers are doers, not performers. It’s nice to have a healthy crop of thinkers as candidates for council. This is what happens when you get people who think and act beyond soundbites, memes and hashtags,… Read more »

Sherry
Sherry
1 month ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

yes and theres Wright who wants to abolish the police no thank you https://beverlypress.com/2020/07/city-calls-for-examination-of-law-enforcement-practices/

JF1
JF1
1 month ago

I like this guy. I won’t be voting for him this go around but I hope he runs against Shyne and Erickson in two years. One way to make WeHo safe again is to vote in someone that is the complete opposite of Horvath, Erickson and Shyne. This time around I will be voting for Meister, Duran and Heilman.

Michael
Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  JF1

Out of curiosity (if you don’t mind sharing) who are you voting for? I was going to vote for just the old guard, but then someone brought to my attention that if they all win, then in four years they’ll be termed out and there will be three completely vacant seats. I’m afraid of who that might draw out of the woodwork and run, and then win…

Eric
Eric
1 month ago

Thanks Jordan for showing reason amidst a current council that has been lacking reason and ignoring fundamental basics.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
1 month ago

Sounds good to me, Jordan, and I appreciate that you aren’t into “cop bashing” even though it is the popular thing to do. I could never be a cop because I couldn’t take the abuse that comes with the job. A good cop can have a bad day, but that shouldn’t define him. For the very few bad cops I wish their unions were not so powerful to protect them when they really need to go. That, I know, would be beyond what a city council can do but I just want to throw that thought out there with this… Read more »

Manny
Manny
1 month ago

Jordan’s right. More cops are better than less. When the Abbey feels the need to have their own security packing heat, that tells you something.

JF1
JF1
1 month ago
Reply to  Manny

So very true.

Randy
Randy
1 month ago
Reply to  Manny

The Abbey should have more security (they do not need to “pack heat”). Am I the only person who has traveled to Europe? Please, go to Spain, and see what the pick-pocketing situation is like there. Or South America. The Abbey should be taking responsibility for their customers, especially, since they are charging $14 for a cocktail.

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