New York State Crime Statistics Reveal Positive Momentum in Columbia County
(Hudson, NY) Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka today unveiled details from recent New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) reports on crime statistics. These statistics reveal a dramatic improvement in Columbia County residents’ safety over the past five years.
“Partnering with Sheriff Bartlett, Hudson Police Chief Moore, New York State Police and other law enforcement agencies, we’ve implemented an efficient, effective and collaborative approach to reducing crime in Columbia County,” said D.A. Czajka. “I applaud the many men and women in law enforcement for their hard work in helping us achieve these outstanding numbers.”
Comparative statistics demonstrated Columbia County’s position as much safer than the rest of New York:
• The “Top Charge” conviction rate (convictions for the highest charge brought against a defendant in a given case) in Columbia County from 2012 to 2016 was 96%, 99%, 100%, 100% and 97%, respectively. The New York State averages for those years were 56%, 57%, 57%, 62% and 60% (Top Charge Analysis 2012 to 2016, source DCJS)**;
• Columbia County’s Felony conviction rate from 2012 to 2016 was 80%, compared to the New York State average of 68% (Dispositions of Felony Indictments and Superior Court Informations, source DCJS)**; and
• For 2016, Index Crimes per 100,000 population in Columbia County was 1,320 while the Statewide average was 1,904. (2016 County Index Crime Counts and Rates per 100,000 Population, source DCJS)**.
“These numbers – especially the ‘Top Charge’ figures – are a reflection of my policy in place for all twelve plus years as D.A., to refuse to plea-bargain indictments,” added D.A. Czajka. “Sheriff Bartlett, Chief Moore, the New York State Police and my dedicated staff will continue to aggressively pursue justice for the people of Columbia County.”
Other local highlights from D.A. Czajka’s presentation included:
• Reported serious crimes in Columbia County are down from 1,425 in 2012 to 803 last year*;
• Felony convictions are up from 75% to 88%*;
• Violent felony convictions are up from 63% to 82%*; and
• Drug felony convictions are up from 70% to 89%*.
*(Index Crimes Reported: 2012 – 2016 by County and Agency, source DCJS)**
“The bottom line is that crime is down but the conviction rate is up,” said D.A. Czajka. “That means that fewer Columbia County residents are being victimized but, for those who are victimized, we’re bringing the offenders to justice in the courtroom.”
“Beyond the numbers, the most important point to remember is that every number represents a real person right here in our community,” added D.A. Czajka. “We had nearly 700 fewer index crimes per 100,000 than the State average. That means that literally hundreds fewer people in Columbia County were victims of crime compared to the rest of New York State.”
Sheriff David Bartlett has held that position since 2014. He has been in virtually every position of the Sheriff’s office since former Sheriff Paul Proper appointed him Deputy Sheriff in 1984.
Hudson Police Department Chief L. Edward Moore has held that position since 2013. He had been a New York State Trooper since 1981 and served as Troop K’s highest ranked non-commissioned officer since 2003.
Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka has served our community as County Judge, District Attorney and Public Defender. He is currently serving in his fourth, non-consecutive, term as District Attorney.
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