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Police chief addresses crime rates in 2015

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott addressed the Jonesboro city council Tuesday night about crime rates in the city.

After a little more than a year on the job, Chief Elliott explained that overall, crime is down 14 percent in the city of Jonesboro from this time last year.

Chief Elliott said he attributes that in part to an increase in community policing.

He told the council that reaching out and making connections with all walks of life helps lower crime.

"Improved relations allow the community residents to have more trust and less fear of the police, have less tension and conflict, gain greater cooperation from the police, gain increased safety for children and seniors and gain quicker resolution to crime," Chief Elliott said.

According to statistics from JPD, though there has been an increase in reports of aggravated assault and arson, reports of murder, rape, robbery, burglary and theft are down from this time last year.

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