It’s important to note that violent crimes were lower to include: ZERO Murders and a decrease of Aggravated Assaults by 17% as compared to the previous year. The overall decrease in crime in 2018 includes reductions in the following: Robberies 7%; Burgla- ries of Homes down by 14%; Burglaries of other buildings down by 28%; Thefts were down by 18%; Criminal Mischief was down by 15% and Burglaries of Motor Vehicles (BMV) down by 35%. (Thieves gain access to most BMVs due to owners leaving their vehicles unlocked and valuables either in plain sight or easily accessible.) Auto Theft, the only crime that increased last year, was up 12%. This past year we continued to develop our community programs and interaction which would not be as effective if not for our department volunteers. Citizen participation in our Citizens On Patrol, Citizen Police Academy Alumni, DeSoto Police and Clergy and Ministers on Call contributed thousands of hours to the department and the entire com- munity. Our Leadership Team continues to participate in Town Hall meetings; HOA meetings and various faith-based sponsored events. Our Drone Program continues to soar as we have three officers that are federally certi- fied drone pilots. Our unmanned aerial equipment increased to three units and provides our officers with aerial support at crime scenes, searches, pursuits and other incidents. I am proud of the overall efforts of our entire department and how diligently each em- ployee works to provide the best service to our community. The information on the fol- lowing pages is indicative of the accomplishments of 2018. We continue to strive to be a police department that is the model for excellence! Our ultimate goal is to work to- gether to lower crime and keep the citizens of DeSoto as safe and secure as possible. Thanks to all of our officers, employees and volunteers that work together to make our department better and our city safe!
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