Local4 takes a closer look at G.I. Police Department's annual crime stats

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - G.I.P.D. says they are proud of their community policing efforts as well as admitting they have some improvements to make.

Clearance rates for violent and property crime are above the national average. Unfortunately the department is working with a reduction in staff, of two officers, to help balance the city's budget.

A primary focus of the public safety study is to take a look at where the department exceeds and where there is room for improvement.

Police Chief Falldorf says they do rely on community partners as well as partnerships with other agencies.

The bad news is they are still looking to meet their goal of being more proactive rather than reactive to situations in the community.

"When you look at 2015 to 2017, violent crime actually went up 134%, but when you look at 2017 and 2018 violent crime has went down about 14%," said Police Chief Robert Falldorf, Grand Island Police Department.

The chief credits the reduction to diligency in targeting high crime areas as well as increased visibility in these neighborhoods.

Another key program that the department is concentrating on is de-escalation, training officers to use words and body language instead of force to resolve a situation.