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Posted on: January 3, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Crime Statistics and 2019, A Letter from Chief Flynn

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With the final 2018 crime statistics in, we now know that in 2018 Marietta enjoyed a resounding 12% average reduction in overall crime over the previous year, and an aggregate reduction of 35% over the past four years. The Marietta Police Department attributes most of the cities crime reduction success to training our officers in advanced community policing techniques and strategic data-driven deployment of our excellent officers.  Nevertheless, a policeman’s work is never done and the department is now embarking on a new aggressive strategic plan for 2019 that will address the public safety issues that are of most concern to Marietta citizens.

In 2019, our main areas of focus in terms of crime prevention will be the urban and suburban crime issues that plague many of Metro-Atlanta jurisdictions, but have not yet significantly impacted Marietta.  Those issues include:

  • Relatively new types of thieves that go by labels as porch pirates, door flippers, and sliders.  Thieves are thieves by any name, and we are going to do everything in our power to prevent them from targeting Marietta residents in 2019.
  • Human Trafficking in all of its ugly forms has grown exponentially by use of the internet and social media in many cities.  We are not going to allow it to target Marietta children by getting a foothold in our community.
  • Gang violence is flourishing in far too many cities in America  and we do not intend to allow Marietta to become one of them. We will work aggressively, but certainly not abusively, with our Federal, state and local task force partners to keep gangs out of our beloved city.  

The most powerful and effective crime fighting and crime prevention tool we have in Marietta is the trust and cooperation of Marietta citizens. Shortly we will be announcing a new initiative to better empower Marietta Citizens to work with the Marietta Police Department and we are confident that 2019 will be our safest year yet. 

Chief Dan Flynn

Marietta Police Department

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