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New crime tool seen as helping

By Maura Wery

A new method of crime prediction contributed to reduced crime during 2012, an RCPD officer told Riley County commissioners Monday.

Capt. Kurt Moldrup said a laser-point initiative was being used to increase police patrolling in areas where crimes occur during certain times of the day and days of the week. He said the new initiative, along with steps such as the “Impact Zone” around Aggieville,  will keep lowering crime on “the front of officers’ minds” and will help lower crime rates due to more police being in more areas at once.

Noting use of the impact zone last year, Moldrup said crime rates decreased by nine percent overall in the city and by around 18 percent in the impact zones. He did not have any numbers regarding how much authorities believe the laser-point initiative was responsible for reducintg crime, but said officers believe it has. The hope is the laser point initiative will pull the 18 percent decrease in the Impact Zone across the city.

Moldrup said that one of the laser-point areas was the Garden Way apartments during the time of the homicide two weeks ago.

“We had officers respond quickly because they were so close,” Moldrup said.

Commissioner Bob Boyd requested that Moldrup bring in a listing of laserpoint areas outside of Manhattan city limits for a meeting next month to see whether it is lowering crime in the other parts of the county as well.

Disc Golf Fund

The Commission decided to okay a temporary fund for a Manhattan area disc golf club to accept donations to help fund nine new disc golf baskets for Fairmont Park.

Public works director Leon Hobson said \the Riley County for Disc Golf organization came to him requesting the fund be created in order to help collect donations. Hobson said the county has approved this sort of fund before for the Rocky Ford project.

Hobson said Public Works would be collecting around $5,000 for the baskets and then installing them for the group, paying for the cost out of that fund. Budget and finance officer Johnette Shepek said the only catch for the fund is it could never have a negative balance.

“As long as they pay expenses up to the account balance, they can use it,” Shepek said.

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