Positive community interaction was a top priority for the Lilburn Police Department in 2017, according to the department's annual report released today.
“The Lilburn Police Department takes pride in the positive partnerships we have developed in the community,” Police Chief Bruce Hedley said. “We believe that face-to-face communication builds trust between the police and the public, which ultimately makes Lilburn a safer city.”
Officers conducted more than 22,000 area and business checks in 2017. To preserve accountability and continuity, each patrol officer is assigned a zone in the city and acts as the community liaison. All patrol officers attended at least one neighborhood watch meeting and provided assistance to the community outreach officer.
“Business owners and residents have the opportunity to get to know their zone officer, which helps us prevent crime and solve cases,” Hedley said.
The department amped up its community outreach efforts, including participation in
• 5 senior scam presentations,
• 4 career days at local schools,
• 4 security assessments for churches and businesses,
• numerous public events and festivals.
Overall, crime continued its downward trend in 2017. Violent crime, what the FBI calls “Part I Crimes,” has decreased 31 percent over the past five years.