Officers need pat on back for hard work

Police officers have a difficult job. They are entrusted to keep the community safe, not to mention the other many duties that go with wearing a badge.
Dec 3, 2013

Police officers have a difficult job. They are entrusted to keep the community safe, not to mention the other many duties that go with wearing a badge.

It’s refreshing to know the crime rate in Lebanon is down compared to last year’s numbers, and it seems to be for good reason.

From the leadership on down the ranks at the Lebanon Police Department, there is a caring group of men and women who certainly have our best interests at heart. The proof is in the numbers.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, when comparing January through October 2013 versus the same months in 2012, robberies are down 57 percent, aggravated assault is down 21 percent, business burglaries are down 63 percent and residential burglaries are down 15 percent.

Bowen said numerous recent studies have shown Tennessee to be the most dangerous state in the U.S. and that’s something they always take notice of.

“Our main function is to solve and prevent crime,” Bowen said. “We keep up with these crime trends, and I’m really proud of both of the burglary categories that have gone down this year and I believe that proactive policing has really had an effect on those.

“It’s a proven fact that proactive policing has an effect on crime. A burglary is less likely to occur if they see blue lights in the area.”

Bowen said traffic stops were up this year in the January to October date range, with 2013 seeing 3,000 more traffic stops than 2012 and that attributes to officers being out and seen and being proactive.

He said of the traffic stops that officers were 50-50 on when they offered warnings and when they issued citations.

Certainly for many of us, having the security of an effective police force there when we need it is something to be expected. But it’s a luxury to have officers the likes of what we have in Lebanon, and for that we are thankful.

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