CARTHAGE, MO.--- Carthage police officers release their year end crime report for 2013. The police chief says overall totals went up by about 40 reported incidents or about 5%. The department's clearance rate was also up, officers solved about 62% of all serious crimes, while the national average for most cities is less than 50%. In july, the department created the position of domestic violence follow-up officer. The chief believes that played a large part in reducing non-aggravated assaults.
"Simple assaults are usually the ones that translate to domestic violence, they were actually down, and out of the over 300 domestic violence reports we had, we only had 10 repeat where we actually went to the house more than once. So, I think at least initially the program looks like it's going to be very successful," said Greg Dagnan, Carthage Police Chief.
The department received more than 31,000 calls for service in 2013, which averages 87 calls each day.
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