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Crime rate down in Lufkin, city officials say there is room for improvement

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Crime in the City of Lufkin is down and for the first time the Lufkin Police Department released an annual crime report earlier this week.

"Our officers have been out there really working hard," said Gerald Williamson, Lufkin Police Chief.

Even though the crime rate decreased in 2013 its still remains high in comparison to cities of similar size.

"We're a dynamic community and we have a lot of opportunity here and all the good things we have in our community also draws the bad here as well," said Williamson.

The city's population falls just under 36,000 people but Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown says as an economic hub during the day the city's population reaches 100,000.

"It looks like we are worse off than busier cities and the main reasons is because we have so many people that come into the community during the day," said Brown.

 In the past year there were four murders, 30, robberies 90 aggravated assaults, 394 burglaries and over 1,400 thefts.

The report says an emergency 9-1-1 call was received every eight minutes and an officer was dispatched for service every 15 minutes.

"One thing in the report in particularly proud of is the sheer volume of calls our officers handle," said Williamson.

Williamson also credits Crimestoppers, last year they received over 400 tips that resulted in 36 arrests, he says help from the public helps officers do their job.

"From the front end when they actually report incidents to us to after if they have info that will help us," said Williamson.

And their ultimate goal is to protect and serve and Williamson says he and the department are committed to lowering 2014 crime rate.

Williamson says the department is partnering with the U.S Marshals to work on preventing gang related crime.

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