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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
During the first quarter of 2018, SPD reported an overall decrease in crime by 22 percent, compared to the same time frame in 2017. This is in comparison to the crime statistics from January through March 2017, and is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report (link to PDF below).
Crimes against persons (violent crime) decreased by about 10 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017, while there was a 24 percent decrease in crimes against property.
Chief Paul Williams comments on the notable drops in most of the crime categories.
“It is encouraging to see these statistics continuing to trend downward,” said Williams. “We do know that crime statistics ebb and flow each month. We give credit to our crime prevention efforts and the collaborative relationship between our department and the community we serve, and we also have to note the poor weather we experienced last quarter which potentially impacted crime. It is at times difficult to pinpoint specific reasons for the decreases, but we hope they continue.”
The Quarterly Public Safety Report also features information about the planning and implementation of the Greene County Family Justice Center which is slated to open in July 2018.
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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer 417-864-1786 LCox@springfieldmo.gov Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams