The Grand Junction police department has released the 2018 crime report, and the numbers show that violent crime and crime as a whole is down in the city.
There is more to these numbers than meets the eye.
Two categories, DUI offenses and traffic tickets, made a drastic drop from 2017 to 2018 with DUI’s down by 21% and municipal traffic tickets down by 46%.
However, the Grand Junction Police Department says that does not mean fewer people are committing these crimes and violations, and could instead speak more to the city’s lack of resources.
What that might mean is that we have less officers who have proactive time to look for crimes like that and be available for crimes like that.GJPD
The department adds that traffic issues are one of the biggest complaints they hear about in the community. After the passing of the first responder’s ballot measure this spring, the Grand Junction Police Department hopes to bring in a dedicated traffic team.