SUWANEE -- For the fourth straight year, violent crimes from January through May have decreased in Suwanee.
Deputy Police Chief Janet Moon reported to city council members last month that "part 1 crimes" committed in the first five months of the year were down eight percent from the same period last year. These types of crimes are defined as homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson.
That continues a downward trend since 2008. There were 174 part 1 crimes in Suwanee from January to May this year, compared with 161 during the same period last year and 184 in 2010.
Moon also reported that three new hires are progressing in the department. Jonathan Dawson and Sam Lauricella have each been released from the Field Training Officer program, and Chance Belcher graduated from the Police Academy last month.
Moon said the department currently has three vacant positions, and would conduct internal interviews to fill the position of Municipal Drug Task Force Officer and Detective.
Moon added that Chief Mike Jones has communicated with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia State Patrol about coordinating efforts following the service delivery settlement this spring.
"Both agencies assured him that should we need their assistance, they would be available," said Moon, who added that the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department provided assistance during the armed standoff on Scales Road in April.
The busiest intersections where crashes occurred in Suwanee were:
-- Highway 317 (Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road) at Satellite Boulevard
-- Peachtree Industria Boulevard at Moore Road
-- Highway 317 (Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road) at Interstate 85
-- McGinnis Ferry Road at Burnette Road