SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) -- Scottsboro police say last year the department saw a continued trend in decreased crime.
The number of homicides Scottsboro police responded to in 2013 was zero.
Chief Ralph Dawe says that's a change from in the past. "It's a big difference. We had a lot of activity 15, 20 years ago," Chief Dawe says.
About five years ago though, that all changed. "It's a constant lower crime rate for the area," Chief Dawe says.
He says in 2013 crime numbers in Scottsboro continued the downward spiral the department has been seeing.
Chief Dawe says drug crimes brought in the most offenders last year, but he says it's hard to determine what that means. "It's hard to read these numbers. It could mean there's a lot more drugs out there, or it could mean we're just picking up the pace."
As for the reason for the lower rates overall, Chief Dawe says it's partly due to the work his officers do every day and partly because of Scottsboro's citizens."They call in and report crime and we're on top of it, and follow through with it, and put the bad guys in jail," Chief Dawe says.