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Public Safety News
Galveston Police Department
News Release
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Galveston Police Chief Reports Significant Decrease in Island Crime
Major Crime Down 33% Compared to Same Time Last Year 

Galveston, Texas – This week the Galveston Police Department released statistical data reflecting a 33% decrease in major crimes for the first two months of 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010.  Property crimes, a priority area for the department, showed the most significant drop.  This reduction in crime occurs during a fiscal year that began with budget cuts and loss of personnel.

Galveston Police Department Crime Report Highlights:

  • Major crimes reduced by 33%
  • Property crimes:
    •  Burglaries reduced by 65%
    • Robberies reduced by 62%
    • Auto thefts reduced by 64%
  • Calls for service reduced by 12%
  • Total reports taken reduced by 9%

“Galveston Island is a safer place today and the level of public safety that we enjoy now is a tribute to the men and women who work so very hard and do so often under some very adverse conditions,” stated Galveston Police Chief Charles Wiley.  “The newfound partnerships we’ve developed through our community-policing program have paid huge dividends,” he added.  Report

Last January, the Galveston Police Department reorganized under the community-policing initiative CAMSTAT.  The development of tactical operations has been streamlined, communication and the exchange of intelligence information improved, and the department continues to build strong partnerships with Island neighborhoods to address crime.




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