SPD Reports 22 Percent Crime Decrease

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - In a newly released report., the Springfield Police Department says the city has seen a 22 percent decrease in crime in the first quarter of 2018, compared to last year.

That includes violent crimes -- which is down about 10 percent -- and property crimes decreased by 24 percent.

Chief Paul Williams said in the news release that crime statistics change from month to month, but the departments' crime prevention efforts, the relationship to the community, and the poor weather last quarter, all potentially contributed to the decrease in crime.

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