Senator Sharon Runner’s, R-Antelope Valley, legislation to provide necessary data on crimes against children passed the Senate Public Safety Committee Tuesday.
Senate Bill 1075 would require the California Department of Justice to include the number of recorded child molest offenses in the Crime in California Report prepared annually by the Department.
“As a state, we rightly devote considerable resources towards the protection of our children but we do not know how many child molest offenses are reported each year,” said Runner.
The California Department of Justice has prepared annual statistical reports on crime for more than fifty years. The report chronicles both violent and property crimes and currently highlights trends and statistics for homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault as well as burglary, grand theft and vehicle theft. Arson was added in 1980.
“State and local law enforcement relies on accurate crime information to allocate resources and funding. It is time that crimes against children receive the same consideration as rape, robbery and vehicle theft,” said Runner. “SB 1075 will bring these crimes to light and provide policymakers and law enforcement with much needed data.”
SB 1075 passed with the help and support of joint author Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) who sits on the Senate Public Safety Committee.
“I am proud to support SB 1075. Keeping our state safe starts with a comprehensive understanding of the problems we face,” said Anderson. “It is time the Department of Justice began collecting accurate data of child molest statistics in the annual Crime in California Report.”
SB 1075 passed with unanimous, bipartisan support and now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Elected in March 2015, Sharon Runner represents portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties as Senator for the 21st District. Her district includes the Antelope Valley, Victor Valley and portions of the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information, visit http://district21.cssrc.us/.