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3 crime is decreasing in the city of lafayette.the total number of reported crimes is under the 3-thousand mark for the first time since 2010.news 18's demie johnson reports how the city has accomplished lowering statistics --plus what it's doing to keep numbers down in the future. 3<2018 was one for the books for the city of lafayette. mayor roswarski: "we're starting to see a significant difference in our crime statistics." a difference mayor tony roswarski has been working toward since he took office in 2004.mayor roswarski: "the uniform crime reporting part one crimes that we have to send to the fbi numbers in 2018 are lower, lower than they were in 2004." the types of crimes the city is required to report to the fbi include both violent crimes, like assaults and homicides, and property crimes like arson and burglaries. roswarski says in part, lowering the statistics came from either re-vamping or creating divisions focused around each of those areas. mayor roswarski: "the community outreach department did 419 public presentations last year, the street crimes unit made over 1,000 arrests so when you make arrests of that magnitude, you start to drive those crime numbers down." chief patrick flannelly says the public is one of the department's most valuable resources.pat flannelly: "we're really in the information business and what we do or what we can do depends on the quality of information that comes into us." flannelly says lpd has an extremely high volume of calls. last year the department took more than 100-thousand.patrick flannelly: "meaning over 100,000 calls where officers took some sort of action on." flannelly says what starts with information from the public, ends with good old- fashioned police work.chief flannelly: "the work that they do everyday, sometimes it's unsung work but it's important work." in lafayette, demie johnson news18.> 3 chief flannelly and the mayor also told us about some steps they're taking to advance crime prevention even further in the future.they recently created the analysis resource center or arc to help them monitor body camera footage and other video feeds around the city in real time.lpd plans to give news 18 a tour of it.we'll be sure to give you a heads up when that story comes out.