Violent crime in Cape Girardeau trending downward, 2022 numbers to be finalized soon

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Cape Girardeau Police Department Public Information Officer Bobby Newton wants the officers in the department to be seen by the community as much as possible. 

“What I try to instill in a lot of the officers coming up is get out there, get to know the community, let them see you, let them know that you’re just another friendly neighbor,” he said.

And Newton believes that community presence has contributed to a decrease in the rate of violent crime in the city. Though the department is still finalizing the numbers for 2022, indications are that the city’s violent crime rate is trending downward. 

“A lot of that is associated with more officers on the street,” he said. “We’ve gotten several officers out of the academy that are proactive and that we’re training.” 

Newton encourages the people in the community to be their eyes and ears when it comes to reporting crimes. 

“We can’t be everywhere at once, so I’m constantly telling the community, if you see something, say something, give us a call, and we’ll come out and check it out,” he said. “They know what’s normal in their neighborhoods, they know what’s average, and so we need their help to call us whenever there’s something that’s not normal.” 

And as the department’s new public information officer, Newton already has goals in place.  

“I have a lot of plans in the near future to get out in the community more, be more involved with community events and get to know the citizens of Cape Girardeau because they’re our eyes and ears,” he said. “They’re the ones who help us, so it’s important for us to have that relationship with them, to be able to have that two-way street.” 

The department is expected to finalize the crime numbers for 2022 in the coming days.

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