SJPD Addresses Numbers Behind Recent Crime

By Carver, Kristen | St. Joseph News-Press, March 13, 2018 | Go to article overview

SJPD Addresses Numbers Behind Recent Crime


Carver, Kristen, St. Joseph News-Press


The St. Joseph Police Department is encouraging the community to understand the numbers behind recent crime in the city.

USA Today published an article called, "25 cities where crime is soaring." St. Joseph, Mo.-Kans. ranked seventh.

"Anytime you are looking at statistics you have to look very carefully to see what it is they're comparing, and what's their source. I would encourage readers to make sure what they are comparing" said Police Chief Chris Connally.

Connally noticed community members expressing their concern about the article and decided to give it a read himself.

The article compared crime rates from 2011 to 2016 in the St. Joseph metropolitan area, which is a four-county area including the city of St. Joseph. According to police, the city makes up about 60 percent of the population in the metropolitan area.

"I checked our numbers, which of course are different from the metropolitan-area numbers," Connally said. "Our numbers are a little lower than the metropolitan area numbers, however, our rate of change, we make up a lot more of the crime because we have the largest part of that area. …

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