MORROW, Ga. - Just one month after launching a new, data-driven unit, the Morrow Police Department said they have already seen results.
"We've noticed that having a proactive unit in the city is really helping with crime rates. It's bringing them down," explained Morrow Police Sgt. Q. Lumpkin.
The M*PACT (Morrow Proactively Attacking Crime Trends) unit is made up of two officers who use crime statistics to determine where and when they should patrol.
"They're looking at the crime trends, they're looking at the areas that are high in those statistics and they're attacking them because we don't want that kind of activity in our city," said Sgt. Lumpkin.
So far, MPD said they have seen robbery and other theft rates decline. Auto thefts, however, are up slightly. So, the unit will target that crime next.
M*PACT issued 251 citations and made 27 arrests in its first 30 days, including the arrest of Don Hayes. Hayes, according to police, had been on the run for two years--wanted on a robbery warrant in New York.
"Morrow is a wholesome community," said Lumpkin. "Our citizens are ones that are hardworking. They're here and they're trying to make a difference and they don't want people who are wanted or who are bad people in the city."