LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—The Lafayette Police Department is taking a closer look at its crime statistics from 2019.
"We feel pretty good about where we are,” said Chief Patrick Flannelly of the Lafayette Police Department.
Flannelly said in 2019 the city saw noticeable decreases in robberies and property crimes.
"If you ask somebody do you feel safe,” said Flannelly. “That's what's really important.”
Important stats include 55 *less cases of robberies, from 2019 to 2018 and an 8-10% *decrease in property crimes.
"What they're concerned about is can I walk my dog around the block and feel safe about it,” said Flannelly.
But there are still things the department is looking to tackle in 2020.
"Drugs are probably still our biggest concern,” said Flannelly. “Because they're really at the center of what drives all of our other crimes."
The department said it is finalizing the drug statistics from last year although Chief Flannelly said, "We're taking more guns off the street."
LPD wants to target guns due to the increase in gun-related crimes.
"It just seems like we're in an environment where people are using fire arms to settle disputes,” said Flannelly.
In 2018 the department had 30 cases it was investigating on shots fired. In 2019 they were investigating 60 cases.
"It's very concerning when we have people that want to settle disputes with fire arms, aggravated assaults escalate from hands and fist,” said Flannelly.
He said the department will continue doing what it can. Overall he's proud of the work police officers and the community do to help contribute to a safer environment.
"We're a safe community and it's our goal to keep it that way,” said Flannelly. “Do we have things we need to work on, absolutely"
Chief Flannelly says the department is till working to finalize any numbers for 2019. WLFI will update you as new information becomes available.