YAPHANK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Suffolk County officials are crediting intelligence-led policing policies for a continued decline in property and violent crimes.
Under the new policies, strategies are developed based on crime patterns and trends and then a plan of attack is implemented, Chief of Department James Burke told reporters Wednesday, including WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.
“It allows us to engage in predictive analysis and ensure the proper deployment of resources,” Burke said. “This enables the Police Department to focus on the crimes that most affect the citizens of the county.”
Burke said the new tactics were used to help police nab a suspect in 27 store burglaries in April.
“That one subject was responsible for nearly 20 percent of the county’s commercial burglaries at the time,” he said.
The latest stats show a 17 percent reduction in property crimes and an 8.5 percent decline in violent crime since 2012, when the new policies were implemented.
Although overall violent crime declined, murder and manslaughter rose by about 17 percent.
“The crime that poses the biggest challenge is shootings. It’s clearly shootings that are our biggest concern,” Burke said. “Clearly the proliferation of weapons is certainly a big factor in fueling why shootings occur.”
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