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Waco Chief of Police reports decrease in overall crime

The Waco Police Department Headquarters in Waco, Texas.
Autumn Jones
The Waco Police Department Headquarters in Waco, Texas.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Waco Police Department reported a decrease in both violent and nonviolent crimes between 2018 and 2023. Violent crimes decreased from 2,650 to 2,283. Non-violent crimes decreased from 18,080 to 16,239.

Waco Chief of Police Sheryl Victorian announced at the Waco city council meeting Tuesday evening that the city has seen a significant decrease in both violent and non-violent crimes over the last five years.

From 2018 to 2023, violent crimes dropped 13.8 percent, and non-violent crimes decreased 10.2 percent.

DILLON MEEK: “I am thrilled that we are seeing the lowest crime rate since 1993 in Waco right now.”

Waco Mayor Dillion Meek said this decrease is the result of years of strategic planning alongside McLennan county officials, Waco police officers, city management, and the city council.

DILLON MEEK: “Public safety has been one of our top priorities in Waco and that is supported by our budget. What I’m proud of is that we took a holistic response, looking at community policing and relational policing, as well as tough on crime measures we could take. I think that all of that works together to ensure our community is safe.”