Leaders of the San Diego police officers’ union described an alarming trend in a letter published by Voice of San Diego last week. They claimed crime had risen in the city for six straight months.

In this edition of Fact Check TV, Andrew Donohue and Scott Lewis examine the city’s crime statistics and whether the union’s statement was accurate.

The union leaders didn’t dispute our findings. Jeff Jordon, the union’s vice president, thanked us for correcting the record. He wrote in an email last week:

You should rate it false. The op-ed relied on information from [the Police Department] as it was explained. If it’s not accurate then say it. It is why I respect VOSD, and we will work harder to make sure there is more clarity.

If you’re hungry for more Fact Check TV, you might also enjoy these recent episodes:

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New episodes of Fact Check TV appear on NBC 7 San Diego every Friday during the 6 p.m. newscast and our website the following Monday. If you want us to Fact Check a claim, just send me an email explaining the statement and why it merits review.

Keegan Kyle is a news reporter for Voice of San Diego. He writes about local government, creates infographics and handles the Fact Check Blog. What should he write about next?

Please contact him directly at keegan.kyle@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5668. You can also find him on Twitter (@keegankyle) and Facebook.

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