The mayor of Petal said crime in the city has gone down since last year.
Mayor Hal Marx said the rate for robberies and major crimes is down in Petal.
Marx said the city was safer in 2015 and he credits the police department for its service to the community.
“I guarantee you are going to be hard pressed to find a city our size in Mississippi that has any lower numbers than that so we are very pleased with that,” Marx said. “And I think that is in large part because of our community policing that our police officers do. They are visible in the neighborhoods and they work with our citizens."