CONTACT PERSON: Lyle Gensler, Public Information Office, 972-237-8851
The Grand Prairie Police Department is pleased to announce a historic 30 percent crime rate decrease from 2010 to 2013 and the third consecutive year of a crime rate reduction. The 30 percent overall crime decrease consists of a 14 percent drop in Violent Crimes and a 30 percent decrease in Property Crimes. The most notable decreases were seen in the following areas:
- 43 percent decrease in burglaries
- 37 percent decrease in auto thefts
- 25 percent decrease in thefts
- 22 percent decrease in robberies
The Grand Prairie Police Department attributes this sustained decrease in crime to "smart policing" concepts, which involve a three-part strategy of the following:
- Focus on intelligence-led policing and technology to place resource on crime hot spots;
- Community Policing – significant increase in volunteerism and community partnerships addressing quality of life issues;
- Responsibly aggressive enforcement and identification of active, repeat offenders.
Since 2010, GPPD has seen a 204 percent increase in traffic stops, 35 percent increase in arrests and more than 120 active police volunteers now serving in areas such as Citizens on Patrol, Volunteer Police Chaplains and Volunteers in Policing.
The Department also credits the enhanced use of social media and working with residents and the media toward increased awareness and timely reporting of criminal activity.
Several new GPPD initiatives for 2013 included:
While many factors affect a crime rate, the Grand Prairie Police Department believes their holistic approach to policing and increased community partnerships have contributed to less crime and improved quality of life in the city.