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Crime drops in Waterloo

by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Despite making headlines for most of the year  overall crime fell in Waterloo. Mayor Buck Clark and Interim Police Chief John Beckman made the announcement this morning during a news conference.

"We were a bit surprised to be very honest with you. We're very pleased. It was a very busy year," said Interim Police Chief John Beckman.

Overall crime dropped by two percent from 16,700 in 2008 to 16,400 in 2009.

"We had an actual slight decrease in the number of violent crime occurnaces last year and there was a slight increase in part "B" crimes which is a good thing, both of those numbers are good," said Mayor Buck Clark.

Group "A" crimes dropped by .47 percent while Group "B" crimes, which includes driving while intoxicated, public intoxication, and trespassing went up by more than five 5 percent. City officials say that is a good sign police are out there aggressively looking for those breaking the law.

Despite those positives there was a negative, armed robbery went up by 78 percent between 2008 and 2009, but police say they have it under control. A major bust happened just a couple of weeks ago.

"On New Year's Eve night we were able to take a number of persons into custody who were responsible for a number of those armed robberies so New Year's Eve night was very successful in terms of making arrests and wrapping up several investigations," said Beckman.

In the spring Mayor Buck Clark is preparing to put his community policing initiative into effect. He's hoping to get police officers out of their squad cars, when they can, and get to know the people they are protecting.

The Tri-County Drug Task Force was also busy in 2009, seizing more than $79,000 worth of meth, $1.2 million of ICE, and $77,000 worth of crack cocaine.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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