Robberies have increased about 15 percent, mostly due to a spike in cell phone thefts and the black market that has popped up for the pricey devices. Also, the homicide rate has stayed flat. So far, there have been 173 shootings and 30 homicides this year. Twenty homicides have been solved. Chief Sheppard says that is significant because of increased community assistance.
"In the overall numbers, we take great pride in the fact that they are down. Very much frustrated over the fact of the shooting incidents and the number of guns we find on the street. again we need to shut down where the guns are coming from, we need to change the mindset of his culture if violence where shooting someone is a way to deal with a dispute so that is frustrating," he said.
Chief Sheppard says he would always love more staffing to reduce crime, but that is not possible. He says they have to be smart about how they used the resources they have.