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    Violent, property crimes down in Leesburg in 2014

    The Town of Leesburg last year saw a decrease in violent and property crimes despite a spike in calls for service, according to a report recently released by the Leesburg Police Department.

    Major crimes, which are murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, decreased by 36 percent. Property crimes, which are burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts declined by 36 percent.

    Overall, part one crime was down by 17.3 percent, according to the report.

    Within these areas, robbery went from seven cases in 2013 to 11 in 2014 and burglary increased from 47 incidents to 53 incidents.

    Leesburg Police officers responded to 50,642 calls for service in 2014 compared to 49,140 the prior year.

    The year also brought accolades to the department, as they were on Oct. 23 awarded Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission Reaccreditation.

    On Oct. 27, the department was bestowed the International Association of Chiefs of Police/Cisco System Community Policing Award.

    Citizen complaints and use of force

    Six formal complaints out of more than 50,642 documented citizen contacts were filed in 2014. In addition to citizen complaints, the department self-initiated 13 complaints.

    An administrative investigation was initiated in each of the 19 cases. The complaints involved concerns such as improper application of law, improper application of department policy or procedure and allegations of misconduct.

    Sustained violations of department policy were found in seven of the cases and appropriate corrective action was taken.

    Eight investigations are pending and one was not completed due to employee separation prior to adjudication.

    In the remaining three, the employee's actions were found to be correct or the complain unfounded, according to the report.

    There were 39 incidents of use of force out of the 50,642 documented contacts that occurred in 2014 with two resulting in minor injuries to the suspect and three resulting in injuries to officers.

    Traffic

    There were no fatal crashes within the Town of Leesburg in 2014, despite an increase in most crashes.

    Traffic crashes with injuries, reportable crashes, non-reportable crashes and hit and runs were all up in 2014. The only category to see a decline in numbers was alcohol-related crashes.

    Overall 2014 crash statistics rose 19 percent from 2013.


    Dangerous intersections

    The intersection of Battlefield Parkway at East Market Street saw the largest number of automobile crashes last year with 44 reported wrecks.

    With 18 crashes, the intersection at the Route 15 Bypass and Edwards Ferry Road came in second, followed by the intersections of East Market Street and Cardinal Park Drive with 12; the intersection of Fort Evans Road and Battlefield Parkway at 11; the intersection of East Market Street and Fort Evans Road at nine; and the intersection of East Market and Plaza streets at nine.


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