For Riley County residents accustomed to consistent, effective law enforcement, word that the rate at which serious crimes occur in the county dropped considerably in the last five years comes as no surprise.
As a story in Wednesday’s Mercury reported, the incidence of serious crimes declined from 29.2 per 1,000 residents to 18.8 per 1,000 residents between 2008 and 2013.
RCPD Director Brad Schoen, meeting with the Law Board on Tuesday, credited policies the department initiated in 2008 that focused law enforcement efforts on areas in which crimes occurred with the greatest frequency. Sometimes enforcement means extra patrols, but other times it can mean simply the presence of a stationary police cruiser at various intervals, a tactic which often is enough to deter misbehavior.
We join the Law Board in commending the RCPD for its good work. The RCPD, a source of pride for residents, has long been the sort of organization other departments strive to emulate.
Because of the leadership of Director Schoen and his predecessors, RCPD officers have not only been superbly trained, they’ve carried out their duties courteously as well as professionally.
The RCPD’s mission, as listed on its website is “To reduce crime and improve the quality of life for the citizens we serve.” Day in and day out, in ways large and small, the members of the Riley County Police Department are accomplishing that mission.