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Fayetteville police chief: Crime down in 2014

Posted August 25, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014

— Violent crime in Fayetteville is down 4.4 percent and property crime is down 11.9 percent for the first half of the year, Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock said Monday night.

Medlock, who provided the statistics during a city council meeting, added that overall Part 1 crimes (violent and property) is down 11.3 percent in the city.

Use of force by officers is down 62 percent, which includes a 54 percent decrease in injuries to suspects and a 33 percent decrease in injuries to officers, Medlock said.

The reduction in use of force incidents is due to an increase in reality-based and de-escalation training as well as continued emphasis on crisis intervention training to deal with those with mental disabilities, officials said.


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  • BEACH Aug 27, 2014

    THAT CHIEF IS DREAMING , crime is worst this year that ever. 5 people killed in 4 days 2 wks ago.

  • babylaceycarpenter Aug 26, 2014

    I would like to see a complete breakdown of crimes. If the chief really wants us to believe this, he wouldn't be "generalizing" all crimes into only 2 categories, violent and property. Also, property crimes that include serious damage to personal property, are still violent crimes. His division of crimes into personal and property, are misleading. By his thinking, shooting up a home, as long as no one is at home, would not be classified as violent.

  • jurydoc Aug 26, 2014

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    This isn't a survey. There was no sampling. Thus "margin of error" is irrelevant. This is a simple % drop.

  • jurydoc Aug 26, 2014

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    This comparison is across time. Only if the definitions and recording changed across the time period would there be an issue.

  • mustysteer Aug 26, 2014

    Why does everyone have to be so pessimistic about these findings. ANY positive news is good news. I think the police department is doing the best they can, given the budget and manpower they have to work with. If you don't like the numbers, come up with solutions on how to change them, rather than just sit there and whine and cry.

  • Viewer Aug 26, 2014

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    With a population of about 300,000 persons living in the general area a bad thing every day is no surprise.

    Hey Chief, Give us the hard numbers we can figure the % ourselves. Very glad to read that the officers are receiving more relevant training.

  • rcsser Aug 26, 2014

    Criminals know we're packing more heat than them. Didn't you see Bloomsburg commercial on what happens if you don't own a gun. All this time I thought he was anti gun. Turns out he's just ignorant. From all of us NRA people. Thank you Mr Bloomsburg!

  • Chris Mullins Aug 26, 2014
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    So what does that mean exactly? 95 murders a day instead of 100?

  • disgusted2010 Aug 26, 2014

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    A margin of error applies to the use of random sampling in statistics. Here ALL crime is recorded so the numbers are the actual numbers and not predictions based on sampling.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 26, 2014

    I want to know the actual numbers for the various crimes. Don't give me any per capita nonsense.