Springfield Crime Continues Downward Trend: A Look At The 2019 Stats

Springfield Crime Continues Downward Trend: A Look At The 2019 Stats

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The city of Springfield continues to enjoy a downward trend in crime. It’s actually not a secret buried in numbers, anyone that lives in Springfield can tell you that violent crime and murder is down from its high several years ago. This report will take a look at the numbers for 2019 presented by the city’s Police Chief Jason Head.

If you’re just looking for an overview of the numbers, we recommend watching Chief Head’s recorded presentation at this week’s Board of Mayor & Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Springfield City Hall. (SEE VIDEO ABOVE) If you are a number nerd, we have added more detailed stats below.

Head said crime statistics were down in nearly all categories in 2019.

Violent crime – including homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, and criminal sexual assault dropped 30 percent from 2018.

Head also said there was a reduction in motor vehicle crashes which could be attributed to the increased traffic enforcement by patrol officers. The increased traffic enforcement also attributed to a 64 percent increase in DUI arrests, totaling 174 in 2019.

Crimes against property – including robbery, theft, and burglary dropped by 31 percent.

Head noted narcotics violations and weapon law violations increased. Illegal narcotics seized by police last year had an estimated street value of over $90,000.00. An estimated 217 grams of heroin seized attributed to two of the largest heroin busts ever recorded by the Springfield Police Department.

The Springfield Police Department continues its efforts to ensure the City of Springfield is a safe place to live and work. “Recognition should be directed towards the professional work that is exhibited by our employees,” said Jason Head, Police Chief. “I would like to thank our partners with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, many other local, state and federal organizations, and our community members that help keep Springfield a safe place.”

The data reported was collected from the Springfield Police Department’s internal reporting systems. The Tennessee Incident-Based Reporting System (TIBRS) will be released at a later date by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI).

See slide presentation below…

Springfield new armored emergency rescue vehicle.
Springfield’s new armored emergency rescue vehicle.