The Town of Kearny’s Uniform Crime Report Index for 2015 shows there were 1,130 reported crimes in 2015, a drop of 12% from the previous year’s number of 1,285. These numbers mean that 2015 was the Town of Kearny’s lowest crime year in the past 15 years.
Categorized by type of offense, there were drops in robberies, aggravated and simple assaults, motor vehicle thefts and larcenies in 2015. There were no homicides or reported rapes. The only categories that saw year-to-year increases were burglaries, from 82 to 99, and arson, from zero to 2. The data also show that the Kearny Police Department responded to 25,602 calls in 2015 and made 1,057 arrests. A majority of the persons arrested were not residents of Kearny.
“Safety and security are essential to the quality of life in a community. The Kearny Police Department continues to be highly effective in reducing crime by responding to calls quickly, which is necessary to deter criminals and maintain public safety,” said Mayor Alberto G. Santos. Mayor Santos further noted that 13 new officers joined the ranks late last year, filling vacancies that had occurred due to retirements, and that the Town continues to invest in technology such as surveillance cameras and license plate recognition cameras.
The total number of uniformed personnel in the Kearny Police Department at the end of 2015 was 108. With a total population of 41,389, there was 1 officer for every 383 residents in Kearny. The police department is led by John Dowie, a lifelong resident who has served as Police Chief since 1998.