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Annual report says Kannapolis crime rate below average

KANNAPOLIS ó Kannapolis has a crime rate 50 percent below the state average for cities of comparable size, according to the Police Department’s 2009 annual report.
The report details the department’s activities from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009.
This year’s highlights also include re-earning the CALEA accreditation for the next three years, the reinstitution of the traffic unit, and the transition to new OSSI technology that improves officer efficiency in the field.
“As with every year, there has been a vast amount of change both economically and operationally,” Kannapolis Police Chief Woody Chavis said in a press release. “Our personnel have again stepped up to the plate and provided quality law enforcement service to the city of Kannapolis with great pride and professionalism.”
With a 2009 fiscal year budget of just less than $7 million, Kannapolis Police had the lowest per capita cost in the region of $161 per citizen. This is down from $176 per citizen during the 2008 fiscal year.
During the 2009 fiscal year, there were 1,335 crimes ó 166 violent crimes and 1,169 property crimes. In fiscal year 2008, there were 1,446 total crimes.
The Kannapolis Police Department provides 24-hour patrol, 911 communications, criminal investigations, traffic safety, crime prevention, high school and middle school resource officers and D.A.R.E. officers and other programs.
The full report can be downloaded from the city Web site at www.ci.kannapolis.nc.us/dept_pd_forms_documents.asp.

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