The Challenge of Violent Crime

As law enforcement officers, we are sworn to protect the citizens of our communities from all forms of crime. Yet there is little doubt that our greatest challenge is to protect our citizens from the horror of violent crime. Each of us has witnessed the devastation that violent crime brings to our communities and the lasting and often irreparable harm suffered by the victims and their families. Violent crime rates reflect, better than many other statistics, a community’s sense of safety.