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2011 Springfield Police Report Shows Dip in Crime, Increase in Meth Labs

(Springfield, MO) -- The Springfield Police Department releases its first annual department report since 2008.  The report was eliminated for a few years to save money.
(Springfield, MO) -- The Springfield Police Department releases its first annual department report since 2008.  The report was eliminated for a few years to save money.

The 2011 report shows crime trending downward compared to 2010.

The Police Department worked five murders in 2011 which is down from 11 in 2010.  It also saw decreases in rape, burglary, auto theft, and arson.

2011 also meant increases in personnel for the department.  The report shows there were 2.08 officers per 1,000 Springfield residents in 2011.  That number was 2.04 in 2010.

The Police Department says it saw an increase in meth labs in 2011.  The report says the majority of those labs were what officers call "shake and bake" labs.  That's when the meth lab is contained in small containers such as a two liter bottle.

Officers reported 108 meth labs in Springfield in 2011.  That number jumped from 67 in 2010.  They are finding labs in cars as the cooks drive around town.  The Springfield Police Department has an online database of all the meth labs that are found in the city limits.  That database is updated monthly.

To read the full report click the attachment.

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