Protecting the present for the security of our future. That's the message the Laredo police department says is part of their annual safety report for 2013. According to the report, crime as a whole has gone down over the past few years. Investigator Joe Baeza explains.
"Over the last 2 years we’ve had a decrease in violent crime. That's murders, rapes, aggravated assaults, and robberies."
As advancements in technology happen, so does the way law enforcement fights crime. Laredo P.D. rolled out the Tip 411 program. This way police can get information on what's happening on the streets.
"That was away people can text info anonymously. “Some people feel apprehensive to call but this keep them 100% anonymous."
Other areas where Laredo P.D. made changes is the amount of training officers go through. In 2011, officers attended sixty-four different training courses and now that number has more then doubled to three hundred. With this new training come special teams not available before in Laredo.
"A few years ago we didn't even have a bomb squad. We would shut down a street for hours and have to wait for the San Antonio unit to arrive."
Living in a safe community is important. Eddie Benavides has grown up in Laredo and says he's happy to hear crime is down and the hard work Laredo P.D. does to keep it that way.
"You find it reassuring knowing my child will be protected. I'm glad its happening."