Crime Numbers Down

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Mayor Cheri Barry and Assistant Police Chief James Sharpe sat down together Wednesday to discuss crime numbers in the city.

Sharpe says arrests are up, and most crime stats are down, with one exception.

"We have had an increased amount of armed robberies," says Sharpe, "but these are being committed by either one individual, or groups of the same individuals committing multiple offenses, but like I said we have made arrests on those."

Months after a series of public events in Meridian where citizens voiced concerns about crime in the city, like that Crime Summit called by Mayor Cheri Barry, it seems that many residents have answered the call to be a part of the solution.


"I think it takes teamwork, and it takes this community getting involved," says Barry, "and I think that's been proven that's what's being done."

Sharpe says that extra patrols and using grant money to fund overtime pay has helped make more arrests possible.

"Commercial burglaries [for example] are down 52%, so we're making great strides."

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  • by sharpshooter on Apr 12, 2012 at 06:57 PM
    I don't live in meridian so I don't know how the police do, but I do know the crime is bad their and done mostly by the same type of people. Maybe they don't want to arrest them or risk to have to shoot one because of the drama and treats and marches that follow. Its the same for the police as it is for a normal citizen protecting his home or neighborhood.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    Crime numbers are generally down across the country. Statistically, crime could be down, but what does that mean? Nothing, to potential and future victims of crime. Meridian police have fudged the numbers in the past to make Meridian look safe. That was with a different chief of police and different mayor. We can hope that is not what is happening here.
  • by Angela Location: NC on Apr 12, 2012 at 09:47 AM
    From the stories i read its not down. Was not down when 5 thugs killed my brother in August in Meridian.
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      by Peabody on Apr 12, 2012 at 05:57 PM in reply to Angela
      Understand your anger. So sad that someone can't come to our town to work and feel/be safe. Punks around here get a slap on the wrist and just get more brazzen after every crime they get away with with no jail time. Just say'ng a lot a the problem is not the cops fault but the judges that keep letting the punks out. Bottom line, we can put the killers to death, say we are so sorry a hundred times but nothing we can do will make it good. Hold his memory high,tight and proud.
  • by cw on Apr 12, 2012 at 09:11 AM
    can you say PROPAGANDA
  • by YourNeighbor on Apr 12, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    This is a crock! Anyone can manipulate statistics. Crime is NOT down. So, they made a few arrests for burglaries in my neighborhood, even if they get prosecuted, they'll get out with a slap on the wrist and a small fine (which they'll pay by stealing from me again so they can sell the goods). They NEVER get jail time.
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      by Not Surprised on Apr 12, 2012 at 07:47 AM in reply to YourNeighbor
      They are just taking a page from the sheriff's department. If your home is broken into and nothing is taken, they won't fill out a crime report. What a convenient way to keep the crime statistics down!!!!
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        by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2012 at 06:45 AM in reply to Not Surprised
        LOL. Somebody always has to bring the Sheriff Department into it. Haters! You do realize it would be a benefit for departments to say their crime numbers are up rather than down because they get more money from the federal government if there is a "problem". oh wait, everything is a conspiracy...ahhhh.
  • by yearight Location: city on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM
    I overheard a day shift last week working their butts off with numerous wrecks with injuries, etc. and at NO time did I hear the Chief or one of the Assistant Chiefs on the radio offering help until Sharpe went home for the day..he made a couple of traffic stop by his home and you would have thought he was catching a mass murderer....really pitiful the way the police dept. has gone down hill the last couple of years...nice job Mayor...wonder what "FRIEND of a FRIEND" will get promoted or hired next.
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      by YourNeighbor on Apr 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM in reply to yearight
      Every time I go to Cefco, the same policeman is in there drinking coffee and flirting with the cashier. Of course, he's in full uniform and the police car is still running in the parking lot (to make sure it's still cold when he finally returns, I guess). But....don't dare try to drive your golf cart down the street without a reprimand. Meanwhile, my neighbor's car is getting broken into and our lawn mower gets stolen. Our tax dollars at work! Fire all of them. Hire Barney Fife; he'd do a better job!
  • by Pop on Apr 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
    If people don't call cause yall take so long or don't want to do anything when u get there, numbers go down, so with arrest up that means to me crime is up and still no drug arrest or shutting down gambling places.... Get real and get to work
  • by Armed Location: Meridian on Apr 11, 2012 at 05:11 PM
    Crime is down?? Now instead of 4 robberies in 4 days, we just let the same person rob 4 places simultaneously in the same day. I feel safe already!!
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      by YourNeighbor on Apr 12, 2012 at 05:53 AM in reply to Armed
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