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FBI Data: Overall crime continues to decrease in Springfield, violent crime down 9%

The FBI released its annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR) on Monday.  This report shows detailed crime information for cities across the country.  In the past ten years overall part one crime* has decreased by 44% in the city of Springfield and violent crime has decreased by 27%.  From 2018 to 2019, Violent Crime decreased by 9% and overall crime by 4%.  Nationally violent crime is down approximately 1% from 2018 to 2019. 

  • From 2018 to 2019, Overall Crime* decreased by 4%
  • From 2018 to 2019, Violent Crime  decreased by 9%
  • From 2018 to 2019, Property Crimes  decreased by 2%
  • From 2010 to 2019, Overall Crime* decreased by 27%
  • From 2010 to 2019, Violent Crime decreased by 44%
  • From 2010 to 2019, Property Crime decreased 47%

“This continues to show the hard work and dedication of our Springfield Police Officers and the strategies and technology we use to proactively combat crimes. These are the results of our police department working together with our residents in all our neighborhoods to provide help, support, services and public safety; that must continue,” said Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “I want to thank the brave and dedicated men and women of our Springfield Police Department for their hard work.  Under the leadership of Commissioner Clapprood, our SPD has made some significant gains to address crime.  From utilizing new technologies such as body-worm cameras, the crime analysis unit, and virtual training simulations to new policies and procedures for policing, our Springfield Police Department has been at the cutting edge for change, utilizing all of the tools available, and the results from this report is that our strategic approach is working.”   

The methodology the FBI uses for their Uniform Crime Reporting Program is different than what the Commonwealth and the City of Springfield use.  The Uniform Crime Reporting Program is a summary reporting system, while the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) is more detailed.  The city tracks crime data through NIBRS, which are submitted to the state and FBI.  2020 is expected to be the final year the FBI tracks data in this fashion.  The FBI is transitioning to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The NIBRS data collection will fully replace the traditional Summary Reporting System (SRS) on January 1, 2021.

*Uniformed Crime Reports are released annually via

*Part One Overall Crime includes Violent  Crimes such as murders, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault and Property Crimes such as burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. 


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