New policing efforts help Klamath Falls cut crime

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - A community policing initiative in the southern Oregon city of Klamath Falls has been deemed a success, as the city has reported a seven-year low in crime statistics.

The Herald and News reported ( Sunday that city data show a 7.4 percent reduction in crime in 2016, compared to the previous year.

Police Chief Dave Henslee says the police department has focused on using enforcement based on community feedback and current crime trends.

Efforts have included analyzing criminal activity, encouraging officers to interact more with residents and local businesses and patrolling in areas with specific enforcement goals.

According to the crime report, the biggest downward trend was in assaults, robberies, rapes and homicides.

Klamath Falls did see an 8 percent increase in "society crimes," which include drug and DUII offenses.

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