We just tallied the numbers for 2010, and the results support what I thought was the case. Crime is down--way down.
From 2009 to 2010, overall crimes* dropped by 25 percent in Gulfport. That is an astounding reduction, and the most significant decreases were in the two areas where officers put the most attention--burglaries and auto thefts. While this is certainly good news, and while I'd like to credit our refocus on community policing last year, I will wait to see results from other local communities as well those around the state. After all, the drops we've seen in Gulfport could be part of a much larger trend.
Keep an eye out for the police department's 2010 annual report, which will be published in early February. This document will provide detailed analysis of crime and budget issues, as well as information on all operational components within the agency. Have a look at the 2009 version for an idea on what to expect.
*crimes for comparison purposes are those reported to the FBI as Part-One offenses. These include the following: murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.