At a press conference Thursday, Danville Chief of Police Scott Booth revealed that an analysis of 2019 violent crime and robbery rates had dropped dramatically from their 2018 numbers.
The Danville Police Department tracked the numbers for burglary, aggravated assault with any weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, forcible sex offenses, robberies and murders, and found that each of them occurred far less last year than in 2018.
Robberies benefited from the largest drop, with 22 reported robberies in 2019 versus 60 in 2018, a 62 percent decrease.
Burglary rates saw a 19 percent decrease, aggravated assault with any weapon fell 44 percent, aggravated assault with a firearm specifically fell 59 percent, forcible sex offenses fell 44 percent and murders fell 27 percent.
Another significant statistic Booth showed was that Danville's 2019 crime clearance rates, the number of cases that are resolved, for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and burglary are each significantly higher than the FBI's 2018 clearance rates.
Booth attributed this reduction in crime to a number of things including the adoption of a new organizational strategy called "stratified policing."
For the full story, see the Jan. 29 edition of the Star-Tribune.