The official release of "Crime in Tennessee 2012" confirmed that La Vergne experienced its lowest crime rate in at least a decade in 2012.
Along with that, the report said that La Vergne ranks 4th in Rutherford County for felony crimes, and was ranked lower overall than both Smyrna and Murfreesboro.
"A sign of a good leader is someone who surrounds themselves with qualified, smart people," said Chief Walker. "We have had the great fortune of hiring and retaining incredibly talented, professional law enforcement officers and it is my privilege to work with each of them. This team is a force to be reckoned with."
The crime rate in La Vergne has dropped 24% over the last two years, and 17% in the last year alone.
"I have heard people remark that the actions in the last two years at City Hall and at the Police Department have disrupted lives and they have said ‘it would all come out in the wash soon.' I am here to tell you this laundry is looking pretty good right now," said Mayor Senna Mosley.
"We are seeing a direct correlation between the Board adequately funding and equipping our law enforcement officers with this drastic reduction in crimes committed in our city. I am incredibly proud of our police force, every single one of them in patrol and crime suppression, criminal investigation, dispatch, and administration," Mosley continued.
Total offenses have dropped 20.2% and crimes against property have dropped 39%, while arrests are up 5.6%
La Vergne notes that domestic violence offenses are still of great concern. According to the release, domestic crimes make up 40.2% total.
"Our police are available at any time, day or night, to help any victims of domestic violence or other crimes," said Chief Walker. "Our duty is to ensure the safety of lives and property in La Vergne and we will do everything in our power to protect our community and its citizens."