SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah City Council members are getting a first-hand look at some year-end crime statistics for 2015 as well as on-going police initiatives.
Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Jack Lumpkin shared a variety of information to give council members an idea of the direction of the department for 2016. In several ways, this presentation mirrored the stats given to Chatham County commissioners last Friday.
In addition to looking at part one crime numbers, Savannah's aldermen and mayor got to see the clearance rate of these crimes, which was at or above the national average in the categories of rape, homicide, burglary and auto theft cases.
Chief Lumpkin also discussed the success of the Violent Crimes Task Force and Undercover Narcotics Investigation Team, which combined took nearly 200 guns off the streets that were possessed by criminals jurisdiction-wide.
Chief Lumpkin also talked about the initiative End Gun Violence: Step Forward, and how in the first call-in phase they were able to identify more than two dozen members of a gang called the Fifth Ward. And even though the next call-in might not happen until March or April, the chief says the efforts of the department's specialized units and officers overall will not back off.
"Now that doesn't mean that we're not going to start working on the next group that we think is the most violent. We have identified a group that we think is the most violent. And we're working now, planning to do something in that arena," said Chief Lumpkin.
The department is also experiencing the lowest position vacancy rate in 10-plus years, with only 27 open spots.