Police data: Savannah's crime drops, arrests up

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Violent crimes dropped 25.1 percent in 2010 over the previous year, according to data released Wednesday afternoon from the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.

Total crime in 2010 was down 14.7 percent from 2009.

Goals set by Police Chief Willie Lovett to reduce violent crimes by 5 percent and overall crime by 10 percent, were surpassed, according to SCMPD.

The 10,047 crimes reported were the fewest of any year since the 1970s, and the number of homicides is also the lowest since the 1970s, according to SCMPD.

Lovett attributes several factors: the decrease to the growing relationship with the public, the decentralization of many of the operations of the department and the assignment of responsibility of crime in the five precincts to the officers within them.

Arrests also dropped. Data show there were 11,771 arrests in 2010 that is up from 11,714 arrests in 2009.

Several initiatives were successful in 2010, including Juvenile Officers; Jingle Bell Patrol; Firearms Investigations Unit; Chaplains Corp., according to police.

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