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Annual report: Crime down, arrests up, new K-9 donated

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A decrease of nearly 17 percent in violent crimes.

Click on the photo to view the annual report

Click on the photo to view the annual report

More than 860 DUI arrests.

A new police dog, courtesy of a donation by Rotary South.

Last year included many significant accomplishments for the Fullerton Police Department, which this month released its 2013 Annual Report. The report is packed with these and other nuggets of information in a 42-page magazine available here: Annual Report 2013

The mission of the Fullerton Police Department, says Chief Dan Hughes, is to provide a prompt response, a caring attitude and a visible presence. And the department performed exceptionally well in 2013 despite the challenge of having fewer officers, Hughes says.

Crime was down, and the quality of life in Fullerton enhanced, the chief says.

“I am humbled by the accomplishments of the men and women of our department and am inspired by the selfless acts by these professionals to make our community a safer place to live, work and visit,” Hughes writes in his introduction to the annual report.

Some highlights:

* There were no homicides in 2013.

* Property crime was down 2 percent.

* Rapes were reduced by 19.2 percent.

* Robberies were down 19.7 percent, aggravated assaults dropped by 18.6 percent, residential burglaries slipped by 14 percent, commercial burglaries were down by 11 percent, and vehicle burglaries dropped 24 percent.

* Patrol officers in Fullerton handled more than 72,000 incidents in 2013.

* Patrol officers also boosted efforts to reduce incidents of alcohol- and drug-impaired driving, leading to an average of nearly 2.4 DUI arrests per day.

Nationally, 105 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013. Ten of these officers worked in California. A Fullerton officer was shot multiple times after conducting a car stop for traffic violations, but survived.

“Thankfully,” Hughes writes, “the training, preparedness and the wearing of his bulletproof vest led to his survival and although he received serious injuries, he is back to work patrolling the streets of our community.”

Hughes cites the work of his entire department for the successful year as well as the leadership of his top two aides, Capt. George Crum, head of the Operations Division, and Capt. Lorraine Jones, in charge of the Support Services Division.

Hughes notes that beyond fighting crime, his department, in 2013, continued to remain engaged in a host of activities, including:

* Collaborating with elementary and high schools to provide safety tips to teachers and students

* Holding classes to provide parents information on the latest drug trends facing youth

* Forming partnerships with nonprofit organizations to better serve some of the less fortunate and vulnerable members of the community

* Holding two Citizen Academies

* Attending and participating in numerous community events

* Forming a Community Advisory Committee to the chief.

“There is a renewed energy to collaborate with community members to improve the quality of life in our great city,” Hughes writes.