LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - One month into the new year and it is time to review the previous one. Both Lafayette and West Lafayette mayors addressed their cities Monday.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski passionately said, "heart and soul goes into everything we do." The mayor focused most of his speech on the city's success of tackling crime.
Roswarski said the city's number one priority is public safety. That's why the city's poured money and resources into the fire and police departments.
In 2013, LPD's budget was just over $14 million. Today, the department's budget is more than $18 million. The mayor said the Street Crimes Unit is completely staffed with six officers, one K-9 and one sergeant.
There are also 17 officers who live in city limits and take their patrol cars home. Nine more officers are expected to be able to do that by the end of the year.
Roswarski also said the drug-related arrests in Lafayette increased by 92 percent.
"Crime is down 20 percent in the last two years," said Roswarski. "Burglary and thefts are at the lowest level they've been since 2010."
Roswarski said he joined a lawsuit to hold drug manufacturers and distributors responsible for their role in creating the opioid crisis. He said it's been a major drain to our community's resources.
The mayor said goals for this year include more workforce development. He said he's excited for for 2018 is starting construction on the new Loeb baseball stadium.