Irvine Retains Safest City Status

Monday, September 25, 2017

Irvine, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2017) – Irvine is the Safest City of its size for Part 1 violent crime, FBI data for calendar year 2016 shows. The information released today shows that Irvine has the lowest rate of violent crime of any City in the nation with a population of 250,000 or more. This is the 12th consecutive year Irvine has earned the Safest City designation.

The FBI’s Annual Uniform Crime Report measures Part 1 crime, which includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, auto theft and arson.

Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner recognized the efforts of the Irvine Police Department. “The whole City Council and I sincerely thank the men and women of the Irvine Police Department, and other City staff, for the efforts they make each day to keep Irvine’s residents, businesses, and visitors safe. Their dedication and hard work has paid off again for the City, and the citizens of Irvine are indebted to them,” Wagner said.

Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel commended the efforts of Police Department personnel for their dedication to duty and lauded their commitment to keeping Irvine safe.  “The men and women of the Irvine Police Department are consummate professionals who time and again exceed expectations in their service to our community.”

He also praised the efforts of City leaders and the community for their commitment to public safety. “City leaders have consistently supported public safety efforts, ensuring we have the resources we need to provide unparalleled service to our residents,” he said. “Further, the importance of the Irvine Police Department’s partnership with the community can’t be overstated. The dedication of our residents to participate in crime prevention efforts has been critically important to preserving the quality of life we have all come to appreciate.”

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