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24 Year Record Low Crime Rate Represents Staggering 53% Drop in Crime

                2019 proved to be the lowest year of crime in St. Charles Parish in the last 24 years.  Each year, the F.B.I. compiles crime statistics across seven major categories.  These categories include murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and auto theft.  These crime statistics are known as Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) incidents.  In 1996, the UCR incident total was 2,818.  In 2019, that number was only 1,316.  This represents an astounding 53% drop in crime.  Amazingly, this reduction in crime coincides with an increase of parish population by over 5,000 people during the same time period.

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                 There are several factors that contribute to our low crime rate.  First and foremost, we have a group of well trained, dedicated and motivated men and women in uniform who take crime prevention and apprehension personally and seriously as they live and raise families here as well.  Technology also plays an important role in this prevention and apprehension effort.  We now have the full cooperation of our District Attorney and his assistants who are working diligently to prosecute and imprison those career repeat offenders who are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime.  Also, many years of community outreach to our young people in the form of DARE, School Resource Officer Program, the Sheriff’s Summer Camp and other juvenile justice initiatives have created an atmosphere of respect and success in St. Charles Parish.  Citizen involvement is also a very valuable contributor to the safety of our communities.

                Many people may be surprised at these great statistics due to the effect of social media.  People are almost instantly exposed to crime and other incidents as they happen across the parish.  Twenty years ago, the only source citizens really had to hear about crime incidents were the few that made the evening news or the parish journal which represented only a small fraction of what was really happening.  Today, just about everything is reported, giving the impression that there is more crime.

                As always, we are honored to serve and protect the communities within St. Charles Parish.  We will continually strive to find new ways to further reducing crime in all areas.

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