A local township credits police work and community for a drop in crime last year.
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.
Rush Twp. Police Chief Kenneth Zipovsky stands outside a police cruiser.