NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department released statistics Thursday that they say show an overall decrease in crime this year over last year. The report compares crimes stats in the last quarter of 2014 with stats for the first quarter of 2015
According to the quarterly Uniform Crime Report (UCR), overall persons and property crime in New Orleans dropped 16 percent in the first quarter of 2015 when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. Burglaries, thefts, armed robberies and assaults all dropped by double digits, according to the NOPD news release.
The number of reported rapes increased by 8 percent - an increase of six reported rapes when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
The number of murders in the first quarter of 2015 increased by 21 percent when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. However, the number of murders has consistently decreased over the past three years, and remains at the lowest number of murders since 1971, according to the NOPD.
To continue to add to the manpower, NOPD Chief Michael Harrison has moved nearly 30 officers from administrative duty to street patrols. He has also enhanced the NOPD Reserve Unit, recruiting more than 100 former police officers to volunteer to assist with street patrols.
In 2015, the NOPD continues its Get Behind the Badge recruitment campaign. NOPD graduated 27 recruits earlier this year. NOPD Recruit Class #172 is currently in training at the Academy and is expected to graduate in the coming weeks. Another recruit class is expected to begin training later this month.
On Thursday (May 14), 20 members of the NOLA Patrol will graduate from training.