JAMESTOWN – The number of crimes increased more than 30 percent in the City of Jamestown last year.
That’s according to data in the Jamestown Police Department’s 2020 report released on Friday.
In the last year the estimated number of total crimes increased 31.4 percent from the year before. However, property crimes dropped 1.9 percent.
The number of violent crimes increased from 191 in 2019 to 251 in 2020; while the amount of property crimes decreased from 1,142 in 2019 to 1,120 in 2020.
“I am proud of our police officers and staff working to ensure the safety of city residents,” said Chief of Police Tim Jackson in a statement from the city. “Any increase in crime, especially violent crime, is concerning, but also in line with what the rest of the country saw during the COVID-19 crisis.”
Jackson says going into the new year, his department will focus on connecting with the community more; by establishing a citizen’s police academy and youth mentoring program.
“The Jamestown Police Department will continue in its efforts to be more open, transparent, and honest with the community,” he said. “With a number of different programs that we have begun in 2020 and starting in 2021, I am looking forward to continuing the outreach that is necessary to build up trust between the community and police force.”
The force is also working with city leaders to complete the Governor’s Police Reform Initiative.
“In the most difficult of years, I am extremely proud by the work and service our police officers and staff provided to the City and its residents,” said Mayor Eddie Sundquist. “I am excited about the community outreach initiatives that Chief Jackson has promoted to help foster a better and more connected relationship between the public and the police force.”
Among accomplishments the department’s touts in 2020, was an increased focus on community engagement, a return to the ‘beat’ with 400-foot patrols conducted throughout the year, and increased collaboration between the Chautauqua County Sherriff’s Office and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.
Viewers can read the full report posted below: