The Leeds Police Department has released statistics showing a decrease in most crimes during 2010 as compared to 2009.
Police Chief Ted Cook credits having more officers on the streets as one of the primary reasons for the decrease.
“One of the single biggest reasons (for the decrease) would have to be our personnel. We have been able to rebuild the department from having only 18 officers only three years ago to having 22-25 officers last year. We are certainly in better shape patrol-wise than we were in previous years,” Cook said.
Along with the additional personnel, Cook also credited the work done by his officers.
“Our officers are doing an outstanding job and they deserve credit for the reduction. You can’t see these reductions and not see their efforts,” he said.
One of the biggest shifts came in burglaries, which decreased by 33 percent from 2009 when there was a total of 165 burglaries reported. In 2010, that number dropped to 110.
Likewise, felony theft reports fell 18 percent, from 239 in 2009 to 196 in 2010.
Robberies were slightly down, from 37 in 2009 to 35 in 2010.
There was an increase in some of the more rare crimes. One example is homicide where there was one in 2010, but none in 2009. There were seven rape cases in 2010, compared to only three in 2009.
The homicide involved the death of Shaun Rose in March. The LPD has made an arrest in the case and continue to investigate the incident, according to officials.
The department also indicated that overall calls and incident reports were down in 2010.
One number that was up from the previous year was the total spent to jail inmates – from $38,000 to over $49,000.
“The court id doing more to help us put, and keep, criminals in jail. They do show leniency and give people second chances where they are due, but repeat offenders are being put behind bars,” Cook said.