MONROE, La. (KNOE) - New information released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Louisiana says the state has experienced a drop in violent crime.
According to recently released FBI crime data, violent crime fell 3.3% nationwide from 2017 to 2018.
Specifically in Louisiana, the U.S. Attorney's office says FBI data for 2018 shows drops in several metropolitan areas.
That includes a drop of 38% in the city of Monroe from 2017 to 2018.
Other major metropolitan areas included showed drops as well. A 14% drop was reported in Shreveport, 9% in Lake Charles, 5% in Lafayette, and 0.7% in Alexandria.
The FBI says violent crime in these five major metropolitan cities decreased from 4,997 events in 2017 to 4,206 events in 2018, resulting in 791 fewer victims of violent crime.
According to FBI data, violent crime includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault offenses that involve force or threat of force.
Check out the graphic below for specific crime data comparing 2017 and 2018 in Monroe.
The U.S. Attorney's Office contributes this drop in crime to the Justice Department's Project Safe Neighborhoods program, which they call an evidence-based program effective at reducing violent crime.
“The revitalized Project Safe Neighborhoods program is a major success,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “It packs a powerful punch by combining advanced data with local leadership, further reducing violence in communities across the country and improving overall public safety. U.S. Attorneys continue to focus their enforcement efforts against the most violent criminals and work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal police. The Justice Department’s relationships across the board have never been stronger.”
“My number one priority remains aggressively prosecuting violent crime in the Western District of Louisiana through the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative,” said U.S. Attorney David. C. Joseph. “PSN is a proven strategy that works when federal, state and local law enforcement partners come together to identify and prioritize prosecution of the most violent criminals in our neighborhoods — holding them accountable for their crimes and preventing future criminal conduct. We will not allow a culture of violence to deprive honest, hardworking Louisianans of the freedoms and opportunities we cherish as Americans."