Authorities in St. Tammany Parish today released the 2018 crime report. The numbers look encouraging.
Sheriff Randy Smith says the biggest decline came in homicides, comparing 2017 to last year. There were five homicides in 2018 and seventeen the year before.
''One homicide is one too many, but to reduce it from seventeen to five, that makes me happy,'' said Smith.
Smith says non-violent crime dropped nineteen percent, but robbery and simple battery went up. He credits a special intelligence unit that worked to round upsuspects.
''They were either drug dealers often with records, or people involved with domestic violence,'' Smith said.
He thanks the hard work of his deputies and detectives to keep clearance rates high, much higher than the national average.