TPD Chief Kral addresses neighborhood watch Monday night
TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) —
Toledo Police Chief George Kral discussed decreased crime statistics at a neighborhood watch meeting Monday night. He tweeted earlier Monday that shootings in Toledo were down 9% in 2017 from 2016. Kral attributes it to dedicated work among his officers and community help.
"I can't begin to state how important they are. We have about 280 officers that are actually assigned to field operations. We have 287,000 citizens and 88 square miles. You do the math. It's very hard to police that area. That's why we need citizens to help us out, to call us when they see something suspicious."
Kral addressed the Glendale 2 Glanzman Neighborhood Watch Organization at the Heatherdowns branch of the Lucas County Public Library, and discussed recent crime statistics that he has seen, including a 17% drop in shootings since 2015.
He also mentioned that the TPD took 13.5 million dollars worth of narcotics off the streets.
"It's good old fashioned police work. With the use of technology and the help of groups like this one, that helps us with information that we wouldn't readily know."
The neighborhood watch members sat in and asked the chief and officers about their concerns in the area.
Organizational Leader Patrick Harvey thinks that a lot can be done by just simply getting to know your neighbors.
"I just think that everybody needs to work together, be more neighborly to everybody. If you don't know your neighbors, reach out to them. Have a cup of coffee at this time of year, or whatevery you want to have. We need to be more neighborly to everybody."