Taking a closer look at notable city data—and interesting numbers.
30-year crime rate low, and then some: In 2014, the city reached an important public safety marker: a 30-year low in recorded criminal incidents. But the crime rate has since fallen even farther. So far this year, Somerville’s crime rate is 2.5 percent below 2014.
1,156 percent more community-building SPD contacts: While crime has decreased, overall police activity as increased. External calls for services, traffic enforcement, and proactive enforcement categories each saw an increase in activity ranging from 1 percent to 8 percent from 2012 to 2016.
667 school visits: A part of the remarkable increase in the SPD’s efforts around community engagement can be credited to the STEPS (Students and Teachers Engaging Public Safety) initiative.
18 graduates: What began as an idea from one of our Somerville Police officers ended with 18 proud graduates of the first ever Somerville Junior Police Academy. Over the span of a week, 7 Somerville Police officers along with 10 staff members from the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, trained middle school students in the areas of physical fitness and first aid.
Read the rest of the column in the Somerville Times.