By 1995 there will be no solution to the trend toward violent crime in the Southeast Asian communities "if the police cannot obtain the trust and assistance of the community in stopping crime," according to a study based on surveys of law enforcement officers.
The 236-page study cost $20,000 and took Garden Grove Police Capt. Stanley L. Knee six months to complete. It was conducted under the auspices of the California Police Command College.
According to the study, Orange County has a Southeast Asian population that is estimated at more than 100,000. Nationally the figure is close to 1 million. The county's refugee community is concentrated in Garden Grove, Westminster and sections of Fountain Valley, Santa Ana and Anaheim.
Knee's report states that thousands of refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia suffered great hardships to get to the United States and that when they arrived they often were forced to locate in low-income neighborhoods that "have traditionally had high rates of unemployment, poor housing and high crime rates."