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Sheriff reports crimes down for second straight year

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WAXAHACHIE- Sheriff Johnny Brown reports it was another good year for the rural residents of Ellis County.

Part one crimes have once again declined.

Part one crimes include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft.

These crimes are reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigations and make up the “report card” for law enforcement agencies nationally, according to a news release issued by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

“When I took over as Sheriff in January 2009, one of my main goals was to reduce crime in Ellis County,” stated Brown.

“First, I insisted that all the sections within the sheriff’s office work together and share information. Second, we put more marked cars on the roads. With this new practice we spread out and performed joint enforcement ventures with other law enforcement agencies in the county. Through cooperative effort we have achieved our goal to reduce crime. These efforts have really paid off.”

“In 2008 there were a total of 1,792 Part one offenses reported. In 2009, the first year I was sheriff, those numbers dropped to 1,361. Now, at the end of 2010, those numbers dropped again to 1,178. Reported burglaries of homes and buildings alone dropped by nearly 200 offenses per year during this time. In total, there has been a 34 percent decrease in major crimes reported in the last two years.”

“I need to make one thing clear. Law enforcement has not been the sole reason for the decrease. We are finding that our citizens are taking a more active role in watching out for their neighbors by calling us whenever they see something that just doesn’t look right. I love seeing them become more involved in their communities. I hope more citizens become a part of this trend and get on board by their giving law enforcement agency a call when they see something going wrong. After all, law enforcement can only be as effective as the citizens they serve.

Working together, we can continue this trend making Ellis County a safer place for all,” stated Brown.

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