Wyoming violent crime down 17%, drops 3.9% nationwide

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CASPER, Wyo. — New Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows that violent crime dropped 17% in Wyoming between 2016-2018.

“Violent crimes include homicide, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery,” a release from the Wyoming District of the U.S. District Attorney’s Office says. “During this two-year period, homicides in Wyoming dropped from 19 in 2016 to 14 in 2018.” 

“During the same time aggravated assaults dropped from 952 to 722 and robbery went down from 57 to 43.”

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The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Index shows that nationwide, violent crime dropped 3.7% between 2017-2018.

“Law enforcement agencies throughout Wyoming submit reports on offenses, arrests, clearances, and other supplemental information to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation,” the release explains. “Those reports are processed and a yearly report is sent to the FBI for compilation and analysis.”

U.S. Attorney Mark A. Klaassen credits Wyoming law enforcement agencies for the drop in violent crime.

“’This decrease in violent crimes is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement across the State of Wyoming,'” he said in the release. “‘I appreciate their efforts and assistance these partners provide to our federal law enforcement agencies as we continue our Project Safe Neighborhoods program emphasis.”

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime.

“PSN is an evidence-based program proven effective at reducing violent crime,” the release states. “The goal of PSN is for a broad spectrum of stakeholders to work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.” 

“As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs with the goal of achieving lasting reductions in crime.”