Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mayor Morse and Chief Neiswanger Announce Low Crime Numbers

Mayor Alex B. Morse and Chief James M. Neiswanger are proud to announce Holyoke’s record low crime numbers! Crime is down over 15% for the last four years. Holyoke had 6,291 reported crimes in 2012. In 2015, there were 5,329 crimes. That is a significant reduction of almost 1,000 crimes.

In 2000, the Holyoke Police Department started reporting our known crimes into the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Crime in Holyoke is at its lowest point in the last 15 years.

Year - Number of Crimes
2001: 8070
2002: 7540
2003: 7288
2004: 7039
2005: 6601
2006: 6907
2007: 6552
2008: 6866
2009: 7118
2010: 7176
2011: 6326
2012: 6291
2013: 6304
2014: 5688
2015: 5329

There are many factors which affect this trend to include our continued Community Policing efforts; our many and varied outreach programs and the efforts of our School Resource Officers; the close collaboration with our State and Federal law enforcement partners and the strong support from District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s Office. This is also a direct result of all the great work that the brave men and women of the Holyoke Police Department do every day to help keep our citizens safe. The Uniform Patrol Officers are out there 24 / 7 and respond to every call, be it a motor vehicle accident or an armed robbery. They do a magnificent job around the clock. The Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Narcotics Detectives have their hands full with major case work and conduct effective investigations which result in the seizure of weapons, drugs and many arrests. Our detectives work hand in hand with the Massachusetts State Police, The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Over the last several years, the Police Department has made reductions and adjustments to facilitate the delivery of police services to the community. The City and the Police Department are making significant progress with these downward trends in crime. These trends do not happen without the focused efforts and support of many people who are trying to make Holyoke a great place to live and work. We are counting on the continued support of Mayor Alex Morse and the Holyoke City Council, both of whom have supported these efforts annually and we rely on that support to allow us for continued effective police operations.

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