ONLY ON 3: Savannah Police working to improve clearance rates

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Savannah Police are working to end local violence by clearing cases. Police say clearing cases means an arrest was made.

Captain David Gay, Criminal Investigations Division at SPD says the way they solve crimes hasn’t changed. “Three things to solve crimes. Evidence, witnesses, and confessions. I mean that goes back to the beginning of time,” he said.

Captain Gay says solving crimes is not easy but police at SPD are using an old set of tools to improve clearance rates.

“It starts with a solid foundational investigation, good police work, gaining as much information as you can from the victim and the crime scene ultimately, hopefully identifying a suspect. Trying to have that conversation with the suspect to see if leads to a confession,” Captain Gay says.

But there are also factors that contribute to crimes such as gangs and drugs.

According to SPD in 2017, 80 percent of crimes were solved.

In 2018, 93 percent of the crimes were solved.

And from January to mid-February 50 percent of crimes have been solved.

But they’re still having trouble increasing those numbers.“Probably the number one factor is getting information,” Captain Gay.

And that’s where the community can lend a helping hand to those in blue. “This is a partnership, everything the police department does is in concert with the community. We cannot afford not any community can, to put a police officer on every single corner or install enough video cameras to cover the entire city,” Gay says.

There are always opportunities to assist. Police say they have a tip line and crime stoppers.

Captain Gay emphasizes that it is ok to approach an officer if you have information.

There are always opportunities to assist. Police say they have a tip line and crime stoppers.

Captain Gay emphasizes that it is ok to approach an officer if you have information.

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