Crime Down Across Hennepin County

Updated: 02/15/2013 11:09 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Over the past six years violent crime is down across Hennepin County.

The Hennepin County sheriff's office says violent crime has decreased by 37-percent from 2006 to 2012 across the county.

2012 had one of the lowest levels of crimes like; murder, manslaughter, rape and robbery in more than two decades, according to a release from the sheriff's office. 

From 2011-2012, there was about a three-percent increase in violent crime countywide. Despite that, the sheriff's office says last year’s overall violent crime numbers are historically low. 

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek credits the expansion of partnerships among law enforcement agencies, enhanced criminal information sharing and analysis, and improved use of technology by law enforcement to the decrease.

“Our quality of life is improved significantly when we make public safety a priority throughout the county. The partnerships between all local law enforcement agencies, businesses, schools, and the residents are playing a significant role in crime prevention,” said Stanek.