2018 A N N UA L R E P ORT | 5
Staffing was mentioned as a critical concern last year not only for CPD but the profession in general. In 2018 we experienced a 21% reduction in attrition, but we were only able to hire two additional officers than the number that separated from service. As of the writing of this message, 2019’s attrition rate is significantly lower than prior years and our hiring rate is trending in the right direction. I am optimistic in our ability to be fully staffed by the middle of 2019 so that we may begin to focus on strategic growth. The State of North Carolina mandated that law enforcement agencies report crime statistics using the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) method in 2019 as opposed to Incident Based Reporting (IBR). The Concord Police Department became NIBRS compliant in fall of 2018 in preparation for the state mandate. While there are several changes between the IBR and NIBRS methods of crime reporting, the public might only take notice that Part 1 and Part 2 crimes (IBR) will be referred to as Group A and Group B offenses (NIBRS).
Gary J Gacek PHOTO: MICHAEL A. ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY
In fall we launched our Horse Mounted Patrol Unit. Sergeants Cydney McGhee and Lance Brooks submitted a proposal to use their personally owned horses for special events such as the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas Parade, and Law Day Ceremony. The sergeants and their horses, “Ace” and “Sarg”, were specially trained and certified for mounted patrol duties. Their proposal represents a very cost-effective way for the department to deploy a mounted patrol, and so far the public’s response has been very positive. Effective December 31, 2018, Deputy Chief Betty Stocks retired after a lengthy and successful career serving the City of Concord. On behalf of the department, I wish her and her family the best as she enters upon the next chapter of her life. Also on December 31, 2018, Major Jimmy Hughes was promoted to Deputy Chief and currently serves as the commanding officer of the Patrol Bureau and second in command of the entire police department. I have the utmost faith and confidence in his ability to assist me in leading this department into the future. Finally – and in keeping with the foundation of the department’s Mission of reducing crime, fear, and disorder in the City – I am very pleased to report that Concord’s crime rate reached its lowest level in over 20 years. Despite an increase in land mass, an increase in residential and commercial development, and an increase in population, overall Part 1 crime was reduced in 2018. Violent crime remained relatively stable, while property crime was reduced by 7% compared to 2017. Most noteworthy, burglary was reduced by 101 offenses. While we often discuss crime in terms of numbers or statistics, we should not lose sight of the fact that last year 101 fewer families (and businesses) were impacted by this very invasive type of crime. I hope you enjoy reviewing our 2018 annual report and I hope you find it informative. A lot of work has been performed on the public’s behalf this past year, and I am very proud of the men and women who comprise this great department for their contributions to public safety.
Gary J. Gacek Chief of Police Concord, NC
City of Concord NC - Police Department Annual Report