A look at seven days of crime in Des Moines
In a perfect world, there would be no crime. No homicides, assaults, robberies, domestic disputes, burglaries and so on. But we are all far from perfect, and crime continues to be an everyday occurrence. Each week, in Rapsheet, we publish “Busted,” a column that highlights an alleged criminal in our city. This week we’ve expanded our investigating to publish our third annual “Busted” issue that is chock full of alleged criminals.
By no means was last year easy for the Des Moines Police Department, as it had nearly $2 million cut from its budget and had three officers sustain serious injuries while on duty. Yet the department, with 279 sworn officers, is still a dedicated group of individuals who put their lives on the line for our safety.
Officers responded to 194,665 calls in 2009 and had approximately 41,000 cases reported — a drop of about 10,000 cases from the five-year average. The department credits the drop in reported crime because of “community policing,” a term describing working closely with neighborhood groups that has been effective, along with an increased presence in the downtown entertainment district...Read More>>