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Fayetteville police chief: Crime down in 2014

Posted August 25, 2014 11:15 p.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2014 5:42 a.m. EDT

— 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.