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Ardmore cuts crime rate with more patrols

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ARDMORE, Okla. -- In 2014, the City of Ardmore was popular for all the wrong reasons. It counted 1,400 reported crimes that year, including more than 500 violent crimes.

With a population just over 25,000, police said that number was far too high.

The Oklahoma attorney general agreed, and the Ardmore Police Department was awarded $65,000 to help pay overtime so officers could focus on high crime area.

Now the crime stats speak for themselves.

"We believed that we could make a huge difference in our community if we just had money to pay," Assistant Chief Kevin Norris said. "We didn't need any more equipment or any more vehicles... we just needed to put more people on the street. We've proven the more officers we have on the street, our crime goes down."

Ardmore resident Emmy Ellis agrees.

"I think it's an excellent idea what they've come up with, and I respect the police officers and the town," she said. "They've got a hard job.

And Norris said his agency had help in bringing the crime rate down. 

"I think between the police department and the community working together, it's a unified team effort," he said. "All of us brought the crime down... not the police and not just the citizens, but all of us working together."

Norris added that the department may be the recipient of another, smaller, grant to help the city keep a lid on crime.

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