FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI)—Crime in the city of Frankfort is going down which is leaving city officials and community members excited about the future.
Take a drive down State Road 28 East in West Central Indiana and you'll find Frankfort.
It's now known as the 23rd safest town in the state.
"All credit goes to the men and women of this department, how hard they work every day and the ownership they have for this community. They go out and 100 percent every day."
Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon is pleased the city that was ranked 50th in state safety ratings, has come so far in just a year's time.
But he and his department aren't taking all the credit.
"Well it certainly is an effort between the mayor's office and us to decrease crime."
Mayor Chris McBarnes is in his seventh year at Old Stoney. Over that time, his intentions to build strong relationships with city departments and the community have flourished. That includes making sure officers have the tools needed to succeed.
"For example implementing and putting two canine officers on the street in our city. Mixing it up and going to 12 hour shifts."
Those relationships are creating a buzz around the city that the mayor is excited about.
"So I'm excited now that Frankfort has the opportunity to showcase ourselves as one of the safest cities in the state."
With the city's progress, he hopes expansion is on the horizon.
"I think it's going to lead to more people looking at my hometown and saying 'you know what? that's where I want to raise my kids.'"
And Randy McVee agrees. He said the low crime rate makes Frankfort a great place for his family.
"It means everything you know for the grandkids and the future of the city."
Chief Bacon said the community is perhaps the largest piece to the safety puzzle.
"Without the community's participation, crime rates really don't change."
Which is a growing relationship Mayor McBarnes said will propel them well into the future.
"I think the sky is the limit now."