GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows a significant decrease in the amount of juvenile crime in Grand Rapids over a seven-year period.
According to The Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index Report, the Grand Rapids Police Department saw a decrease of more than 30 percent from 2006 to 2012 in incidents involving juveniles between the ages of eight and 16.
Among the findings in the report:
- The time periods of 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. had the most juvenile offenses
- A rapid increase in crime and status offenses at the age of 13
- A more than 44 percent decline in unique youth arrests and status offenses
Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk spoke at the news conference held for the study’s release, and said that while his department was pleased with the decrease in crime, it didn’t mean that the community could relax its efforts.
“We must remain ever vigilant to make sure that our children continue to get the support that they need,” Belk said.
The study was compiled by Our Community’s Children, Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and GRPD.