Cape Girardeau Police announce lowered crime rates in the city

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The city council hosted another public meeting on September 6 and with that meeting, the chief of the Cape Girardeau Police Department shared statistics which displayed lower crime rates in the city.

The chief mentioned a variety of statistics in which displayed Cape Girardeau’s crime rate which has since been lowered.

He also mentioned a decrease of police calls by over 2,000. Violent crimes including weapon violations and assault have decreased 8.7%.

But one statistic was shown to increase, the number of gunshots fired. In 2021, shots confirmed was at 52 and in 2022, it went up to 54. Shots where the subject was hit was at four and was increased to six.

Police say this is due to the new ShotSpotter system which went into action in April of this year.

Staff is also shown to be lowered. Cpl. Ryan Dreoge explains that the increase of staff would help reduce those numbers further.

“You know we know that there is still a lot of work to be done in this community to make it a safe community and were committed to keep plugging away at that,” explained Wes Blair, Chief of the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

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