Police chief talks crime rates, officer demand

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LINCOLN, Neb. – While Lincoln has seen a six percent decrease in Part 1 crime over the last year, Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said Thursday morning the demands on officers continue to increase.

The chief says Lincoln saw a six percent decrease in overall crime from 2017 to 2018 and a three percent decrease in violent crime.

While crime is down, Bliemeister said the demands of the workforce are not.

He also said mental health calls have continued to go up, and are currently up 24 percent in the 5-year trend.

“Our services, our response is demanded more and more every single year and we have great training and advanced training for our officers but we can only intercede in the immediate,” Bliemeister said. “We cannot solve the complexities of mental health issues that face society today.”

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