(WIBW)-Tuesday's two murders are just the latest incidents that have violent crime on the rise in the capital city so far this year.
Chief Ron Miller talked about the numbers today.
Overall, the statistics show that Topeka has seen 645 fewer cases involving property crime, but the real level of concern is the fact that people reported 70 more violent crimes from January through September of 2012, compared to the same time last year.
Officers have strategies in place to decrease the rising rates of violent crimes and Chief Miller says there is a silver lining in how communities are working together, "Property crime is down, significant numbers show us the community is actively involved in securing their homes and belongings. As a community we are heading the right direction with property crime but we have to keep after it and work diligently to keep these reductions."
Also as part of today's crime meeting, three officers were presented awards for their accomplishments.
One special young man, Jake Bolander, the son of fallen officer Joey Bolander, received the flag flown in memory of his father who was killed in a helicopter crash in 2000.
He recenlty built a recreation facility in front of the Fraternal Order of Police as part of his eagle scout project.