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Violent crime down in Fort Wayne

(Photo Supplied/Jeff Bowman)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Violent crimes in Fort Wayne were down in the first half of the year.

Photo Supplied – Heather Starr/WOWO

Mayor Tom Henry and Deputy Chief Jim Feasel have announced reductions in several areas, including homicides, shootings, and violent crimes, from January 1st through June 30th compared to the same time period in 2018.

Homicides are down nearly 48%, non-fatal shootings are down 17%, and violent crimes are down a little more than half a percent.

“Public safety is a top priority. By working together, the FWPD, residents, neighborhoods, and businesses are collectively making a positive impact to help ensure Fort Wayne is the safest city possible,” Henry says.

“Our officers are committed to providing the best public safety services possible. I’m proud of their efforts. We believe our proactive and innovative approaches to law enforcement and open communication with the public are making a positive difference,” Police Chief Steve Reed says.

*Homicides are down 47.83 percent
*Non-fatal shootings are down 17.31 percent
*Violent crimes are down 0.59 percent
*Arrests for possession of a handgun without a license are up 21.74 percent
*Drug overdoses are down 33.58 percent
*Property crimes are up 1.94 percent

Update on FWPD efforts:
*The 20 individuals of the 64th recruit class graduated last month and are performing patrols with their field training officers

*Nine lateral officers have finished their entry training and have begun field training

*Several children in grades 5-8 completed a summer camp earlier this month led by the Fort Wayne Police Department

*Homicide Unit continues to address violent crimes

*Vice & Narcotics Division continues to address drug issues, and Vice & Narcotics Division Commanders continue proactive efforts focused on known violent offenders

*Quadrant Commanders continue proactive joint enforcement efforts with other agencies to address issues in high crime areas

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1 comment

Buck July 30, 2019 at 9:01 am

Congrats to the Fort Wayne Police Department! The dedicated, brave, and exceptional officers we have in our city have made this possible. Keep up the great work! You have our support!


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