Petal still on track to being safest city

Petal still on track to being safest city
City of Petal. Source: WDAM

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Petal is continuing the trend of being one of the safest cities in the state.

The Petal Police Department uses Community Oriented Policing methods to patrol the city in efforts to keep crime down.

Percentages of crimes are up in some felony areas, according to Petal crime statistics, but the raw numbers are extremely low.

"Crime is slightly up, and you know that comes from the summer months, more people out and about, of course with school being out, you have smaller crimes, vandalism, trespassing and things like that," Petal Police Chief Leonard Fuller said.

From January to June 2015, the department had 121 cases, in the first six months of 2016, which is down 2.48 percent, with 118 cases. The department has closed 94 of those cases in 2016.

"Fortunately we haven't had any robberies this year or murders, so we are proud of that, we have had an extra aggravated assault, but both of those we have made arrests in," Fuller said.

Photo source: Petal Police Department crime statistics

"You know, violent crime is still down, and we're glad for that, we attribute that to Community Oriented Policing, getting out and being a proactive police department," Fuller said. "It goes with bike patrols in neighborhoods in the evening, business walk-throughs, and just having officers constantly out in the community."

Petal Mayor Hal Marx said, "I can't say enough great things about our police department, they love what they do, and doing it for the city they live in. They believe in the concept of community policing, so they get out there, they are visible and they get to know people, they make their patrols through neighborhoods, and I think that reputation over the last few years, has carried over."