The city of Topeka is breaking trends when it comes to violent crime, so much so that we have gained the interest of researches from Michigan State University.
Since 2000 most cities with a population greater than 100,000 have seen an increase in violent crimes, Topeka breaks that trend and the researches want to discover why.
“What we're trying to do in the study is to try to find out what are some of the strategies put into place here in Topeka that might be able to account for some of this positive news,” Dr. Ed McGarrell with Michigan State University said.
What they found in their two day study is good communication between law enforcement agencies, informed media outlets, and strong community involvement. Dr. McGarrell says it goes farther than just police responding.
"Try to go beyond that to analyze these crime patterns. What can we do to try to address these particular problems?"
‘This is just a start we want to have an ongoing relationship with them. We want them to analyze the things we're doing as a community to respond to crime reduction," Topeka Police Chief, Ron Miller said.
The Chief went on to say that Topeka was one of four cities, Chicago, Tampa, and El Monte California to be studied; he is proud of the national positive attention, “The community is the one who takes credit for what's happening. I'm very proud of this community and what we have done to make this a safer place."
The complete findings of their study will be released at the end of August.