Holly Springs remains one of the safest towns in North Carolina, Police Chief Paul Liquorie told the Town Council Dec. 15 in delivering the Police Department’s annual report.
The rate of violent crime in Holly Springs is almost 10 times lower than the national average, while property crime rate is almost three times lower than the average nationally. Statistics show a continuing reduction in overall crime in the community.
Holly Springs perennially has ranked at or near the top of N.C. safest city and town lists compiled by websites employing official crime data.
The HSPD annual report outlined at the Council’s Dec. 15 meeting provides an overview of crime statistics and department activities in crime prevention and community relations. The 2020 report covers the period October 2019 through September 2020.
Traffic safety continues to be a primary issue for the Police Department and for the community. Officers conducted more than 5,700 traffic stops during the year. The traffic team issued multiple violations while responding to more than 550 citizen-initiated traffic concerns.
The 900 traffic accidents covered by the 2020 report resulted in two deaths and 112 injuries.
For transparency, the annual report includes demographic data for traffic stops as well as arrests.
The Police Department has conducted extensive research, testing and evaluation of body-worn cameras. Once fully operational, the cameras will aid in greater accuracy in reporting, faster resolution of complaints, and identification of improved training needs.
The Police Department’s home web page includes links for online reporting of complaints, compliments, and traffic safety concerns such as speeding. As part of departmental transparency, citizens can see documents on arrest demographics, use of force policies, training criteria, and the body camera plan.
Also at its Dec. 15 meeting, the Council discussed odor mitigation efforts at the county’s South Wake Landfill just outside Town limits. Council members have been working with a citizen committee to discuss the continuing odor issue at the landfill.