Bloomington police focus on community for fighting crime

By WEEK Reporter

February 10, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 12:36 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Communication is what the Bloomington Police Department is hoping will keep crime rates down in the community.

Bloomington City Council was presented with the City's Annual Crime Report for 2013 Monday night.

Over a span of five years there wasn't a significant increase in crime, but the city saw a six percent increase in DUI arrests since 2012.

The police department said that is because more officers are on patrol.

Police Chief Brenden Heffner said community involvement is what helps the crime-fighting process.

"When we engage the public more, not just being seen arresting people. People talk to us about different things, we build a better trust with the citizens, and when you have trust that aids us in fighting crime," said Police Chief Brenden Heffner, Bloomington Police Department.

Bloomington Police Department will also focus on illegal gun possessions, street level crimes, and west side youth issues for 2014.