Top-level crimes, as classified by the FBI, decreased for a second straight year in Roswell in 2016. The overall decline (11.5 percent) in Part I crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, arson) within the city comes despite a 2016 rise in murders and arsons. Meanwhile, Roswell saw a slight increase (9 percent) in Part II crimes (non-violent crimes against persons and property crimes) last year.
A detailed breakdown of the crime numbers is included in the Roswell Police Department’s 2016 Annual Report. The full report can be viewed online at http://www.roswell-nm.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1624. A link to the report can also be found in the News Flash section of the RPD section of the city website (www.roswell-nm.gov).
The report contains a large amount of information, from the department’s recruitment efforts and staffing history in recent years to multi-year statistics showing changes and trends in local crime, arrests, drug seizures and number of calls coming through the dispatch center for the various local and regional emergency agencies. The year’s activities of RPD’s various divisions (Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Special Investigations, Support Services, Professional Standards) are represented in the report.
The report also highlights some of the criminal cases investigated, incidents handled, public outreach efforts initiated, community education opportunities presented and training undertaken by RPD in 2016.
“The foundation of our agency’s overall goals are crime reduction, increased transparency and enhanced lines of communication with stakeholders and community,” RPD Chief Phil Smith writes in the annual report. “In the order of quality and not quantity, we adhere to the model of hiring and recruiting only the most qualified personnel. We pursue the mission of reducing victimization through proactive problem-solving and community partnerships.”