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Evanston Police Department Annual Reports
In comparison to the year 2010, overall crime saw a very minor reduction of .3 percent. There were 2324 part I crimes reported in 2011 compared to 2331 in 2010. However, the most significant reductions occurred in the area of violent crime. Murder was reduced by 40 % (5 in 2010 to 3 in 2011), Aggravated Battery & Assaults were reduced by 23.8 % (126 in 2010 to 96 in 2011) and police response to calls of shots fired had a reduction by 28.3 percent. Evanston Police responded to 129 calls of shots fired in 2011 compared to 180 shots fired calls in 2010.
During 2011 the Evanston Police Department concluded two major undercover narcotics operations that were initiated with the goal of reducing violent crime. Those operations were Operation Bloodhound which specifically targeted the “Belizean Bloods” Street Gang and Operation Replay which focused on narcotics sales at street & mid-level dealers in Evanston and surrounding communities. These two operations netted a total of 54 individuals arrested.
Illegal drug dealing has a direct link to attributing to violent crime within criminal organizations. These extended undercover operations had a direct result of disrupting these types of criminal organizations selling illegal drugs and using firearms to conduct their day to day criminal enterprises. Evanston is a safer place because of these cooperative efforts by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cook County Sheriff working with Evanston Police.
The majority of crimes reported each year and in 2011 for Evanston are thefts. In 2011, an increase of 4.1 % (66) in thefts for Evanston. Of these reported thefts, many are crimes of opportunity in which items were left unattended by the owner and specifically, 163 reported thefts occurred by items being taken from unlocked vehicles. This number affects the reported theft rate by 9.7 percent and the overall crime rate by 7 percent.
The Evanston Police Department is continually committed to allocating proper resources to address crime issues, resolving quality of life issues in neighborhoods and making Evanston a safer place for all who reside and visit this north shore community. This strategy is implemented by the department conducting weekly deployment meetings with command staff members to address and analyze reported crime for the week, neighborhood issues, and intelligence provided by officers and detectives in identifying criminals.
Community policing is a large component of the Evanston Police Department’s philosophy on crime reduction. The police department’s community strategies bureau and it’s officers, work closely with aldermen, city department’s and other agencies involved in enhancing the community’s atmosphere to address chronic issues with poorly managed buildings and residences that cultivate criminal activity.
The Evanston Police Department had the high honor in 2011 of being recognized nationally for a consecutive year in a seperate category. This was done by announcing that the department had won the National Traffic Safety Challenge by the International Association of Chief’s of Police for the traffic management bureau’s efforts in outstanding traffic safety and enforcement initiatives.
Part I Crime Index
A traditional indicator of a jurisdiction's crime level is a measure called the crime index, which comprises all Part I offenses except involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, and justifiable homicide.
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