CPD holds press conference revealing violent crime statistics

Chief of Police Celeste Murphy says there has been "recent uptick" in September

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — The Chattanooga Police Department is now addressing the city’s recent trends in violent crime.

On Wednesday, the CPD held a press conference revealing crime statistics in the city.

Chattanooga’s Chief of Police Celeste Murphy specifically discussed recent cases of violent crime in the city, including shootings, that have occurred since September 1.

Murphy says while violent crime has spiked lately in Chattanooga, so far this year, the city has seen less of it to this point than it did a year ago.

Following a September that opened with numerous shootings, Murphy says the city’s initiative for countering violent crime is as strong as ever.

“We saw this at the beginning of the summer and now towards the end of the summer, we’re seeing that uptick, as well,” Murphy said. “It’s now time for us to remind those that are the bad actors in Chattanooga — the same thing that they saw at the beginning of the summer, we’re letting them know now [that]we’re still about that business.”

Stats show that simple assaults make up approximately 58% of violent crime cases in the city while aggravated assaults are at 38%.

CPD Assistant Chief Jerri Sutton says, in most of cases, the shooters know who they are looking for and open fire when they find them.

“The majority of the shooting incidents involved individuals who have ongoing issues with one another,” Murphy said. “Some of the shootings are gang-related. The highest number of shootings were in June and August, as well. September is above the monthly average right now at an average of about six.”

As the summer winds to a close, Chattanooga’s Chief of Police says CPD is doing all it can to crack down on violent criminals.

Those who continue to abuse the law, she says, may be seeing CPD sooner than they think.

Murphy: We are trying to focus on our repeat offenders because it’s just a small percentage of people that’s gang-related and non-gang-related that are driving the violence in this city. We’re going to get a handle on it.

The CPD says that approximately 51% of violent crime cases have already been cleared by arrest, exceptional clearance or some other means.

For those who may have information on recent crimes, as always, CPD encourages you to report it to them.

You can still do so anonymously.

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