Police chief questions method of ranking most dangerous cities

Police chief questions method of ranking most dangerous cities
FBI UCR Database warns against using numbers to rank cities. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Chief Ross Thompson (Source: KAIT-TV)
Chief Ross Thompson (Source: KAIT-TV)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Earlier this month, a Region 8 city was ranked in the Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in America, according to a list released by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

However, the city's police chief is now questioning the study's method of ranking.

The study used the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting database, which Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson said specifically warns against solely relying on when ranking cities.

Chief Thompson said the UCR is strictly raw crime numbers, and there are so many other factors that go into determining the safety level of any community.

"When you take a look at just that raw data, it doesn't tell you the full picture of what's exactly going on," Chief Thompson said. "It actually does a disservice, even the FBI website says that it does a disservice to the communities."

Chief Thompson did recognize that Blytheville's crime numbers are too high.

But the department has been implementing new programs and working hard to combat that.

And Chief Thompson said those numbers have actually declined in recent years.

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