Ambridge Police Chief James Mann shared that "It's the totality of circumstances with aggressive police work, assistance from outside agencies like at Attorney General's office and all the drugs arrest that was made. When you add it all up you get less crime."
"We are particular about getting accurate UCR reports because that is how we got guys hired under grants" said Mann. "The extra full-time guys, the extra patrols, the multiple arrests, the partnership, it is the totality of everyone. "
"I rather see it go down 12% then up 12%."
According to Mikulich "A 12% reduction in reportable crime within one year of the community's commitment to hire additional full time police officers is truly working in concert and collectively with Borough Council's other continued goals to make Ambridge an even better place to live, work and raise a family."
Borough Manager Joe Kauer added "With the negative attention brought to the community with the falsity that Ambridge was the 2nd most dangerous community in the Commonwealth in 2014, the Borough Council and Mayor made improving public safety a priority."
In 2015, the Borough was awarded a competitive US Department of Justice COPS hiring grant that enabled them to hire two additional full-time police officers, and the Borough Council matched that with hiring a third full-time officer, all of which started on January 1, 2016.
The Council's efforts to dedicate increased funding for additional police officers have enabled consistency within the Ambridge Police Department that resulted in a more full-time police force that has increased community oriented policing efforts, priorities and strategies.
"Through successful community oriented policing, having shifts made of full-time police officers versus high volumes of part-time officer turnover, we have a better and more proactive Police Department" added Kauer.
" It is through their efforts and dedication, crime is now down -12.12% in one year. I know that the Borough Council and Mayor are proud of the community's police force, and as a community working together to fight crime, we are seeing positive results with the it visible not only in the UCR statistics but also with the way the citizens perceive safety here in their hometown. "
Mann asked for the citizens to keep reporting items and make sure that they are reporting it promptly.
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