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10/9/2013 - Mayor Yaede Commends Hamilton Township Police Division for a Job Well Done; Overall Crime Rate Down in 2013


Mayor Yaede Commends Hamilton Township Police Division for a Job Well Done; Overall Crime Rate Down in 2013


Today, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede commended the Hamilton Township Police Division for a job well done as the recently compiled crime statistics show that over the first nine months of 2013, crime has dropped when compared to the same time period last year.


“The members of the Hamilton Township Police Division have once again made Hamilton Township proud,” said Mayor Yaede.  “The new crime statistics clearly show that our efforts to keep Hamilton safe are working, and Chief Collins and everyone at the HTPD should be recognized for their work and dedication to protect and serve the people of Hamilton Township.”


The HTPD Uniform Crime Report (“UCR”) complied through the end of September 2013, reflects a 3.65% drop in overall crime in Hamilton Township from January through September 2013, when compared to the same time period in 2012.  The UCR also shows that burglaries, which have been in the news over the last several months, have decreased 3.77%.  This drop in crime is the result of proactive policing and changes in the HTPD designed to improve efficiency and put more police officers on the street.  These changes include instituting 12-hour patrol shifts, civilianizing certain jobs to take officers out from behind a desk and put them out on patrol, hiring 16 new police officers to refill the HTPD’s ranks, continuing community policing efforts such as the Neighborhood Watch, and launching a Virtual Neighborhood Watch on the Hamilton Township website to provide crime prevention information to residents wherever they may be. 


“The personnel of the Hamilton Police Division works tirelessly day-in and day-out to ensure the safety and security of Hamilton’s residents and businesses,” Chief James Collins commented.  “These statistics are a testament to that work.  However, although these statistics show a drop in crime, we must always remain vigilant to ensure that Hamilton Township maintains its reputation of being one of the safest communities in the nation.”


“This year the HTPD received recognition from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the ACLU for its service and dedication to law enforcement, and now it is confirmed that its efforts are paying off and crime has dropped.  I am proud to serve as Mayor of Hamilton Township and to recognize the best police force in the entire nation,” Mayor Yaede concluded.