- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The number of reported crimes in Hammond has significantly declined during the first half of this year. That’s according to the Hammond Police Department’s midyear Uniform Crime Report.

Chief Roddy Devall tells The Daily Star (https://bit.ly/1IrxGgZ) the numbers are down 15 percent overall from January to June in comparison to the same six months in 2014,

The total number of reported crimes for the first half of this year is 1,069, compared to 1,258 for the first half of 2014.

The chief said Tuesday police are not doing anything differently than last year. He attributed the decrease in reported crimes to officers on the streets being more proactive and being seen more by the public.

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Information from: The Daily Star, https://www.hammondstar.com

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