Shreveport, LA(KSLA)- The Shreveport Police Department has announced some good news on Friday.
According to a news release by the Shreveport Police Department, through the third quarter of 2010, Shreveport has ranked well and above the national average of cases that have been cleared for cities of comparable size.
Cleared cases are those that have been closed either by arrest or cleared exceptionally. Exceptionally cleared cases are defined in part as those where the offender died, the victim declined prosecution, the prosecuting authority declined to prosecute, or the victim is unwilling to cooperate with authorities.
The clearance rates are reported to the Department of Justice following strict guidelines established by that agency.
The clearance rates for Part I crimes are as follows:
Homicide- Shreveport Police Department: 83.3%-national average: 63.6%
Rape- Shreveport Police Department: 63.5%- national average: 40.4%
Robbery- Shreveport Police Department: 51.4%- national average: 26.8%
Auto theft- Shreveport Police Department: 14.9%- national average: 12%
Burglary- Shreveport Police Department: 17.9%- national average: 12.5 %
"These clearance rates are a testament not only to the hard work of the men and women of the Shreveport Police, but to the relationships we are building with the citizens we serve. Many of these cases would never have been solved without information we received from concerned citizens," said Chief of Police Willie Shaw praising the numbers.