Here’s a recap of public safety achievements in 2013:

  • Set record low crime rate for 8 consecutive years.
  • Continued Rape Aggression Defense classes to educate and instruct women in personal defense strategies and tactics
  • Reduced crime by 15 percent with the Belt Line/Northgate Initiative (BNI)
  • Received the “Rookie of the Year Award” from the National Association of Town Watch for BNI Team’s National Night Out event
  • Benefited from the donation of 6,959 hours from Irving Citizens on Patrol volunteers
  • Continued the grant funded “No Refusal” initiatives during major holidays and spring break week to deter impaired drivers
  • Continued growth of the Hispanic Citizens Police Academy
  • Held an active shooter exercise in March 2013 with cooperation from the Office of Emergency Management, the Fire Department, Irving ISD, Las Colinas Medical Center and the Texas Division of Emergency Management
  • Presented more than 310 fire safety education programs to 18,286 residents; conducted 690 school fire drills; performed 12,315 building inspections; and conducted two Citizen Fire Academies
  • Achieved below-national benchmark response time for fire equipment and EMS
  • Achieved 53 percent Cardiac Arrest Return of Spontaneous Circulation through Fire/EMS response
  • Inspected 99 percent of high-hazard occupancies for fire safety
  • Visited by 1,543 people during Animal Services’ third annual Wags and Whiskers Week ending with the Pet Pawlooza event
  • Established benchmark for live-release rate with municipal agencies to an average of 84 percent
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