Crime on the rise

AIRWAY HEIGHTS—A city’s rapid growth rate often translates to increased criminal activity. Such is the case in Airway Heights and that has law enforcement seeking creative ways to keep a handle on things.

Police Chief Brad Richmond said that his department is short-staffed and has learned to “do more with less” as crime numbers rise.

“Last year, we had over 17,000 calls for service, which is an all-time high,” Richmond said. “This year, we are already on pace for 20,000 – 21,000 calls.”

The major crimes investigations team is under added pressure, too, the chief said, which makes it challengin...


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