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Springfield, TN, May 23, 2019– The official crime statistics for 2018 have been finalized and released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in their annual Crime in Tennessee report. The annual comprehensive report is based on statistics according to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS), which is the State of Tennessee’s version of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Incident Report Based System (NIBRS).
Overall violent crime was down significantly from 2017. Shoplifting was also down over 13%. Increased enforcement and a continued effort to improve blighted areas has made a significant difference in the amount of crime Springfield is seeing.
“I am extremely pleased with the hard work and dedication that the men and women of the Springfield Police Department provide day and night to the City of Springfield,” said Chief Jason Head. “The 2018 crime data is only a small portion of the daily service that the officers and support staff provide to our citizens and visitors.”
The police department emphasizes that Springfield’s ability to continue being a safe place to live, work, and play is dependent in large part on the successful relationship between the department and its citizens. Keeping neighborhoods clean and reporting suspicious criminal activity to law enforcement is vital to the success of this mission.
Notable increases in the 2018 data were in DUI and drug arrests. The Springfield Police Department attributes these increases to different enforcement and detection methods that successfully caught previously undetected offenders rather than a numerical increase in the amount of crime.