Safer streets

A lo­cal town­ship cred­its po­lice work and com­mu­nity for a drop in crime last year.

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - FRONT PAGE - — Staff re­port

Rush Twp. Po­lice Chief Ken­neth Zipovsky re­ports a re­duc­tion in ma­jor crimes in 2018.

Part 1 of­fenses, which in­clude se­ri­ous crimes such as ar­son, ag­gra­vated as­sault and bur­glary, dropped an av­er­age of 35 per­cent com­pared to 2017 crime sta­tis­tics, he said.

Part 2 of­fenses, which cov­ers all non­ma­jor crimes, also saw an over­all de­crease, Zipovsky said. How­ever, there was a marked in­crease in one area over the prior year, which were drug vi­o­la­tions, he said.

The in­crease in these ar­rests is a di­rect re­sult of the proac­tive po­lice of­fi­cers of the Rush Twp. Po­lice Depart­ment and the part­ner­ship that they have fos­tered with the mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, Zipovsky said.

All but three of these drug of­fenses were com­mit­ted by non­res­i­dents of the town­ship, he said.

Most of the ar­rests oc­curred in sit­u­a­tions where of­fi­cers were con­duct­ing traf­fic stops for vi­o­la­tions of the ve­hi­cle code or in­ves­ti­gat­ing sus­pi­cious people or ve­hi­cles, he said.

SuB­mit­teD phOtO

Rush Twp. Po­lice Chief Ken­neth Zipovsky stands out­side a po­lice cruiser.

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