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Longview Police Report

Posted on 29th April 2016 at 09:40

Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha says that drug arrests are up substantially in the past year, after full staffing of the LPD Street Crimes Unit was restored. Duscha presented the 2015 Police Department report at last night’s Longview City Council meeting, reporting that felony drug arrests are up 214 percent between 2014 and 2015; in 2014, 79 felony drug arrests were made, compared to 214 arrests in 2015. The amount of drugs seized also increased, up seven percent over the previous year. The Group A Offense Rate dropped by 11 percent between 2014 and 2015, but certain crime categories did increase. Robberies were up 30 percent in 2015, and domestic violence incidents were up 11 percent. Burglaries were down 25 percent, shoplifting incidents dropped by 32 percent, larceny went down 16 percent, and car prowls dropped by 13 percent. LPD also reports that 27,057 photo enforcement tickets went out in 2015, compared to 10,182 the year before. Calls for service continue at high levels, with nearly 49 thousand calls last year. Duscha reports that the number of calls for service has increased by 25 percent in the past two years.