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Crime stoppage : Whitehall police chief says efforts to halt violent acts are working

Nov 06, 2018 - The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

Whitehall Police Chief Mike Crispen was hired two years ago for a reason: The city needed to lower its crime rate.

So far, that has happened.

Through September, violent crime -- defined as murder, negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- has dropped 36 percent compared to 2016 rates, according to police department data. Burglaries have fallen 43 percent, down from 240 in 2016 to 137 in 2018.

Dispatched calls also are down 14 percent, suggesting a general ...