Police Chief Reports Crime Down 21 Percent Over Past Three Years

Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall said this week that overall crime statistics are down more than twenty percent over the last three years, despite a steady increase in the city’s population.

In a brief presentation to the Buckeye City Council Tuesday night, Hall attributed the decrease in crime numbers to the proactive community policing efforts by his officers and residents responding positively to that work.

“We can’t do it alone,” Hall said. “Our citizens have remained vigilant, they’ve been doing a great job of calling things in.”

According to the crime statistics for the first nine months of 2016, crime is down in Buckeye some 21 percent in the past three years, including a four percent drop so far this year.

Violent crimes are down 17 percent from the first of the year, Hall said.  While there has been a spike in robberies, police feel a recent arrest may have stemmed the tide in that area.

“This is systemic county-wide, and we are meeting with the Arizona Auto Theft Authority to strategize on how to decrease those numbers,” Hall said.  “Education may be a key to stopping those numbers from rising.”

Arsons are down to just one so far this year, Hall said.  Police feel that may be the result of the arrest of a serial arsonist who was associated with many of the arsons that occurred last year.

Police Chief Hall also told the Council he would learn more in early November about the department’s efforts to earn a prestigious accreditation from an international law enforcement agency.

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Representatives of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies were in Buckeye in June for an on-site assessment of the department that included interviews and testimony from business owners, residents, and other community stakeholders.

The assessment reviewed the department’s standards on policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.  Hall said he hoped that based on the group’s preliminary report, his department would receive the accreditation that has gone to just one percent of law enforcement agencies across the nation.

Source: Buckeye Crime Down 21 Percent Over Past Three Years, Chief Reports – City of Buckeye, Arizona