Hopewell Police Reduce Crime Stats

Hopewell Police Reduce Crime Stats

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LockUup

Petersburg, VA

#1 Jun 12, 2012
Hopewell and Petersburg in 2011 ranked second and third in per-capita violent crimes, with 6.2 and 4.9 violent offenses per 1,000 residents, respectively. But both localities showed significant improvement over the year before, with violent crime falling 32 percent in Hopewell and 17 percent in Petersburg.

Two years ago, Hopewell had the region's highest per-capita violent crime rate with 9.2 offenses per 1,000 residents.

Hopewell Police Chief John F. Keohane, who was hired in April 2011, credits the crime drop to police arresting "some primary big hitters" responsible for driving up the number of robberies and aggravated assaults. One man, dubbed the "Paper Bag Bandit" because he disguised his gun with a paper bag, was implicated in at least four Hopewell robberies in December. He was also charged with shooting and wounding a Hopewell restaurant owner in a robbery attempt at his Prince George County home.

Hopewell police also worked with city bar owners to reduce late-night crime and assaults, and arrested more than 25 street-level drug dealers in an operation with Virginia State Police.

"We focused on drug dealers because many of them have a violent history," Keohane said.
VN Vet

Hopewell, VA

#2 Jun 12, 2012
Chief Keohane is a great leader. He is doing a fine job of running the police dept., much better than the last clown that city council and the city manager put in there. Now if the city manager would leave him alone to do his job, things will work out well.
GI Joe

Ellicott City, MD

#3 Jun 13, 2012
72.4% of statistics are made up.
58.9% of the population knows that.

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