Chief Lee and her staff have wrapped up their Annual Kent Police Statistical Report for 2014.
Despite being down in staffing levels for most of the year, the Police Department’s performance didn’t miss a beat.
Calls were up, arrests were up, and crime clearance was up while traffic accidents and most serious crime incidents were down.
It’s tough to draw too many conclusions from the data since there’s some variability from year to year but it’s always better to see serious crime incidents go down rather than up whatever the reason may be.
Kent’s a great small town and it’s comforting to know that big city crime has not been able to take root here. But we can’t afford to be niave either because big city crime has tried and won’t quit trying. Thankfully neither will the Kent Police.
Policing will always have tactics, training, and technology but successful policing today is all about partnerships — partnerships with Kent City Schools, Kent State University, the business community, social service agencies, Portage County, neighborhoods and all of the residents that call Kent home.
If you have a chance to read the full report, you’ll see that Chief Lee puts a high priority on building these community relationships. She recognizes that fighting big city crime on a small city budget requires an all hands on deck approach. We all have a stake in keeping our community safe and we all have things we can do to keep it that way.
Anyone that is interested in getting to know more about the Kent Police, Chief Lee announced the opening of the next class for the Kent Police Academy. There’s nothing like a behind the scenes view of what it takes to keep Kent safe.