NEWS RELEASE CONTACT: Lyle Gensler, GPPD Public Information Officer, 972-237-8851
The Grand Prairie Police Department is pleased to announce a 24 percent decrease in crime for 2012 as compared to 2011. The decrease is in Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) Part 1 Crimes, which is the program administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and used by most municipal police agencies to track their crime rate.
UCR Part 1 Crimes include: Homicide, Negligent Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Theft, and Auto Theft. This 24 percent overall decrease consisted of a 17 percent decrease in Violent Crimes and 25 percent decrease in Property Crimes and is the largest recorded annual decrease in the department’s history.
The Grand Prairie Police Department attributes this decrease to a commitment to a high level of Community Policing and the hard work of the men and women of the department. An increased focus on intelligence-led policing and technology has facilitated a more effective allocation of police resources in areas where crime was occurring, as well as areas where it was predicted to occur. The department has also created a Problem-Solving Unit, Known Offender Database, IMPACT (Intense Mobile Patrol Against Crime Trends) Team and utilized Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) to more effective concentrate on known criminal offenders and their activities.
The department also credits the significant decrease to a heightened level of community involvement and some examples of these new initiatives include:
While many factors affect a crime rate, the Grand Prairie Police Department believes their holistic approach to policing and increased community partnerships have contributed to less crime and improved quality of life in the city.