Police Chief George Gascon has approved a request by the deputy chief of investigations to move inspectors into the unit that investigates homicides.
The homicide detail has long been criticized for its less-than-average record at making arrests in killings. One solution that was kicked around for years was transferring more inspectors to the detail.
At times, because of retirement, injuries and restrictions on overtime, the homicide detail was at less than 18 inspectors. Now, after transfers from details such as robbery, narcotics and sexual assault, there are 31 inspectors assigned to homicide.
Gascon’s success at clearing homicides in Mesa has been clearly documented. When he arrived, police were solving about half of the murders in that city. When he left, the clearance rate topped 90 percent.