A safe city generally means safer schools. So we felt it was newsworthy to mention here that, for the 10th straight year, Irvine boasts the nation’s lowest per-capita violent crime rate among cities with a population of at least 100,000.
Figures indicating as much were released this week as part of the FBI’s latest Annual Uniform Crime Report. Spanning all of 2013, the report reveals that last year marked a new per-capita low for violent crime in Irvine, which is home to nearly 250,000 residents.
“This is really great news for our community,” Irvine Police Chief David Maggard said. “This is clearly a city-wide effort, and I am most grateful for the incredible work of the men and women of the Irvine Police Department.”
The Irvine Unified School District is also extremely grateful to the IPD, which has been a model for effective and proactive community service. Among its many assists to IUSD, the department provides school resource officers for the district’s middle and high school campuses and dispatches D.A.R.E. officers to Irvine’s elementary schools.