Violent crime is down in the city of Rosenberg. This and more were discussed when Police Chief Jonathan White presented his monthly and year-end police reports at the city council workshop meeting Tuesday.
“We finished the year with a 6% decrease in violent crime compared to 2018, and a 70% clearance rate of violent crime arrests,” White revealed. The clearance rate is calculated by dividing the number of crimes that are charged by the total number of crimes recorded.
“I’d like to comment on the 6% decrease on violent crimes,” council member and former RPD officer Kevin Raines started. “That’s huge. That’s really great.
“Plus you got a 70% clearance rate on violent crime? That is awesome. I mean, you couldn’t ask for any better. Please pass it on to those guys what a great job that is.”
White assured Raines he would. White also said that Group A crimes are down 42% in comparison to December of last year, with an annual 13% decrease.
Group A crimes include robbery, shoplifting, homicide/manslaughter, sex crimes, aggravated assault, burglary, criminal mischief and animal cruelty.
In December, the police department received 9,886 calls, according to White.
In December 2018, the communications division received 9,938 calls, equating to less than a 1% decrease.
The department had a 1% increase in calls from 112,823 in 2018 to 114,450 in 2019.
“The only one that bothers me a little bit is the increase in patrol calls,” Raines said. “Just want to stay on top of that and make sure we’re keeping enough guys out there to handle what needs to be done.”
White said the department has three applicants in the process of being hired.
“We’re trying,” White told council. “We haven’t hired anybody since the last request, but we do have three in the process.
“It’s a very competitive process. We’re looking for the best in the county.”
The department also provided city court security, delivered Meals on Wheels, presented a tour of the department to the Fort Bend Leadership group, monitored active shooting drills at Church of Living Waters, assisted with a blood drive at the department and delivered Christmas gifts to underprivileged families in the community.
The next Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Feb. 4 at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.