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Published February 13, 2013, 05:56 PM

Crime analyst to help guide Fargo police

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Personal and property crimes have taken a jump in Fargo. The police today, are leasing a snapshot of the crimes in 2012, in the city.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Personal and property crimes have taken a jump

in Fargo. The police today, are leasing a snapshot of the crimes in 2012,

in the city.

DUI arrests are down in the city, but still, more than 1,000 people were pulled over and arrested. Chief Ternes calls it "far, far too many."

There were fewer traffic citations written. 4,000 less than last year.

And there was an increase in gross sexual imposition cases reported. Twenty-two more than the previous year.

Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes says there was also increases in burglary and car theft cases.

While there were more calls to police this past year, there actually were fewer arrests.

And while the DUI numbers are down from a year ago, Ternes says one reason may be fewer officers on night patrol looking for offenders.

He says he hopes to add more patrol officers in the coming year.

Chief Ternes also announced the police department has hired its first ever Crime Analyst.

In the past, a detective would sort through reports and information to spot trends, but the computer is taking on criminal behavior, with positive results in fighting crime.

The police department hopes the newly hired crime analyst will expand on what the department has focused on recently: Being proactive, analyzing data and police reports to respond to a neighborhood specifically.

Keith Ternes, Fargo Police Chief: “There might be a certain part of the city where crime is more prevalent and that is where we focus our resources.”

Rather than responding to neighborhoods after theft and burglaries happen, the technology is now there to map out trends and hotspots.

Ternes: “So officers are spending time in that area, to try and address crime as opposed to aimlessly driving around waiting for the next call or waiting for the next traffic violator to drive by.”

Fargo's first crime analyst will begin next month. And will map out how best a growing, sprawling city can keep crime down.

Fargo reported two homicides for 2012. That's compared to just one in 2011. The new crime analyst comes from Seattle, where there were 21 murders last year.

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