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Hammond crime statistics show some are up and some are down

Posted: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | Views: 1678

Hammond crime statistics show some are up and some are down
From Hammond Police

Hammond, LA – The Hammond Police Department has released the 2017 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and has included the crime statistics from the past two years. 
 
Chief James Stewart has released the 2017 crime statistics, and while rape cases saw the most significant increase, murders were down to 4 from 7 in 2016. Three of the four murders have been solved, and detectives are working hard on the unsolved one. Aggravated assaults were down. Robberies were up slightly. Auto theft remained static. Larceny and thefts were down significantly.  The increase in rapes were the result of better reporting and several child molestation cases that were solved as well. This past year, more than 80% of all cases were solved.
 
Both the HPD Patrol and Criminal Investigations departments working together have solved a number of cases. The Street Crimes Unit working with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF); Homeland Security investigations (HSI); the Attorney General’s office; and Probations and Parole made numerous warrant arrests and located several probation violators.  A number of gun cases were developed with BATF and referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana for prosecution.  
 
HPD’s drug interdiction program includes one detective assigned to Drug Enforcement Administration and another to HSI. This compliment, along with HPD’s continued working relationship with Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has enabled a number of significant narcotics cases in the city and parish. Some of those cases are now coming before the court for prosecution.  Opioid overdoses are a continuing problem, not only in Hammond, but parish-wide as well. 
 
The HPD Juvenile Division is working with the Attorney’s General office to track sexual offenders in the city of Hammond to ensure these offenders are in compliance with all laws governing their condition of release.     
 
More citizens are reporting suspicious activity, which allows HPD to respond, locate and identify those individuals and investigate them further for active warrants or instant criminal activity in the area. Homeowners associations have held meetings that included Chief Stewart and his officers to develop relationships and discuss crime prevention. These meetings have proven useful to everyone.         
 
The traffic division has been a great asset during the day handling traffic matters that would otherwise be directed to the patrol division. In general, HPD responds to an incident within five to eight minutes, and officers continue to work on responding even faster.     
 
Hammond Police Department is asking anyone with information about a crime to contact them at 985-277-5700 or call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL).  Be a part of the solution, and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.