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SCMPD Chief: Department making progress

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Savannah's Chief of Police talked numbers and goals with city council members Thursday.

During the work session, Metro Police Chief Lumpkin went over crime stats, saying while the perception that crime is on the rise in Savannah, which the crime stats are actually trending down.

In relation to the crime stats the chief shared Thursday, he says it's all about transparency, adding they're going to write the reports and not "cook the books" to give citizens a false sense of security.

Chief Lumpkin says he believes the department has made some significant progress in the last three or four months. He adds although violent crime numbers aren't particularly good in certain categories, they are significantly lower than the last three months of 2015. And the chief believes that unlike last year, crime will gradually trend down, in part due to the sheer number of officers that they'll have on the streets by this fall.

One hundred and ten officers are still in the training phase right now. But city officials added numbers of uniforms on the streets won't solve Savannah's problems alone.

"As the mayor said also, we have some issues with structure with kids, we have some issues with graduation rates and we have some issues with poverty. We are going to arrest our way out of it. If you look at the number of arrests that we've had, we have arrested a tremendous number of people. And 144 that the Marshal's Service picked up are not counted in those numbers that I presented in there,” said Chief Lumpkin.

Those numbers Chief Lumpkin is talking about are violent crimes task force arrests. In the categories of felony and misdemeanor arrests, guns seized and traffic citations, numbers are up from last year more than 130 percent or more in each category.

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