Preliminary statistics from the LPD’s Crime Analysis and Intelligence Unit (CAIU) indicate that there has been an overall 16% decrease among selected crime categories in 2011 as compared to 2010. Please note the 2011 crime statistics will not be finalized by the Massachusetts State Police Crime Reporting Unit/FBI until March/April 2012. The following percentages show the comparison from 2010 to 2011 in these specific categories:
Aggravated Assault: -15%
Car Breaks: -27%
Homicide Victims: -50%
Of note, there were 3 homicide victims in 2011, the lowest number of victims since 3 occurred in 2007. The LPD attributes the decrease in crime to several on-going initiatives, which include directed patrol strategies, community policing strategies, Shannon Community Safety Initiative, the Smart Policing Initiative, and the Lowell Violence Reduction Initiative. “Although these programs, strategies and initiatives have proven successful, the success that we have achieved over the past year can also be directly attributed to the hard work and commitment by the men and women of the Lowell Police Department. As always, we will continue to do all we can to protect the citizens of this City,” said Superintendent Ken Lavallee.
The LPD has long been committed to implementing proactive, innovative, and community oriented policing strategies as a way to prevent and deter crime from occurring in the city. By utilizing grant funds and strategically using overtime funding, the department has maximized the available resources to positively impact crime. The LPD has prioritized reducing gang and youth violence, targeting drug and drug-related crime, and addressing crime and disorder, particularly in the Downtown area of the city during and immediately after liquor establishment’s close for the evening. In addition to these strategies, the LPD has continued to prioritize the enforcement of firearms related crime, illegal narcotics crime, and traffic violations.
Lavallee added, “The department has successfully collaborated with state, federal, and county law enforcement agencies, state and city government, private businesses, non-profit organizations, media outlets, neighborhood associations and local educational institutions. We are particularly grateful to the City Manager’s Office, the City Council members, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). Their continued support has allowed the LPD to maintain current staffing levels and has enabled us to continue to provide the highest quality of law enforcement services. Furthermore, the LPD is particularly grateful of the dedication by the citizens of Lowell who are clearly committed to working with the department in order to maintain public safety.”