Safety & Security

Goal 1: Maintain a low crime rate
Source: Lincoln Police Department     SS Goal1     3/17/2014
About this measure:
This indicator consists of the Part 1 violent crimes offenses tracked nationally by the FBI in the Uniform Crime Report. They consist of murder& non-negligent homicide, forcible rape, aggravated assault and robbery.
Why this is important:
This indicator compares Lincoln’s violent crime rate to that of every United States city within 50,000 of our population (both directions) and to prior years. By maintaining a low crime rate we minimize the impact of crime and the fear of crime on the lives of Lincoln residents.
What is being done:
Police patrol; crime prevention programs; school resource officers, criminal and narcotics investigations; intelligence gathering and analysis; evidence processing and forensic investigation; court testimony and preparation; arrests and criminal citations; crime analysis; services to victims and witnesses of crime.



Source: Lincoln Police Department     SS Goal1     3/17/2014
About this measure:
This indicator consists of the crime of burglary (unlawful entry into a building to commit a felony or a theft) from the Part 1 offenses tracked nationally by the FBI in the Uniform Crime Report.
Why this is important:
This indicator compares Lincoln’s burglary rate to that of every United States city within 50,000 of our population (both directions) and to prior years. Burglary was selected as a measure of property crime because it actually affects residents where they live.
What is being done:
Police patrol; crime prevention programs; school resource officers, criminal and narcotics investigations; intelligence gathering and analysis; evidence processing and forensic investigation; court testimony and preparation; arrests and criminal citations; crime analysis; services to victims and witnesses of crime.



Source: Lincoln Police Department     SS Goal1     3/17/2014
About this measure:
Part 1 crimes are the offenses tracked nationally by the FBI Uniform Crime Report. They consist of murder & non-negligent homicide, forcible rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, auto theft, larceny/theft and arson. Cleared cases are crimes solved.
Why this is important:
This indicator compares Lincoln’s Part 1 Crime Clearance Rate to the national clearance rate and to prior years. Clearance rates provide a direct assessment of the goal of crime management - dealing with crime that has occurred and is reported.
What is being done:
Police patrol; crime prevention programs; school resource officers, criminal and narcotics investigations; intelligence gathering and analysis; evidence processing and forensic investigation; court testimony and preparation; arrests and criminal citations; crime analysis; services to victims and witnesses of crime.



Source: City Attorneys Office     SS Goal1     3/27/2014
About this measure:
The caseload measured includes cases reviewed and filed by the City Law Department in County and Juvenile Courts; cases declined; cases approved for participation in criminal, traffic, and juvenile diversion programs; probation revocation cases; cases appealed to the District Court; and code enforcement referrals. The Prosecution Division caseload is variable, and determined by the number of citations written by LPD and UNLPD. The decline in 2012 is partially attributable to the decision by UNL to implement an independent “diversion” program for students who were cited for the most common misdemeanors, usually alcohol-related.
Why this is important:
"Justice delayed is justice denied" is an age old adage that means legal cases should be resolved in a timely fashion. Higher case ratios impact the ability of prosecutors to timely complete cases.
What is being done:
Every offense committed within the City limits that violates a municipal code provision is referred to the City Prosecution Division. Each citation must be reviewed by a prosecutor and a determination is made on what charges may be appropriate within 7 days of issuance. After initial review, prosecutors are responsible for filing cases, preparing for trial, court sessions, and interaction with LPD officers, witnesses, victims, defendants, other agencies, and private defense attorneys. Although the average time spent on each case by the six prosecutors in the division is about 3.5 hours, this varies widely from a few minutes of clerical staff time to several weeks for appeals involving complicated facts or complex legal issues.



Source: City Attorneys Office     SS Goal1     3/1/2013
About this measure:
This measure reflects the final outcome of cases that were filed by the Prosecution Division of the City Law Department and disposed of in Lancaster County Court in 2013.
Why this is important:
Maintaining a high conviction rate makes the public streets of Lincoln safer for all members of the public. Success of prosecution is a measure of prosecutor effectiveness and can indicate staffing and resource shortfalls, process issues, or other issues that impact the division’s efforts.
What is being done:
Successful prosecution is a result of several factors – 1) a close working relationship with the Lincoln Police Department to ensure well documented and thoroughly investigated cases; 2) the prosecutors’ professional relationship with defense attorneys and other agencies; 3) level of legal expertise to effectively negotiate and strategize on the management of individual cases; and 4) level of support staff that allow prosecutors to focus on higher priority work.

Statistics regarding driving while under the influence of alcohol indicate that an average person stopped and cited for driving under the influence has committed that violation no less than 100 times prior to the stop, demonstrating the critical need for successful prosecution of these offenses. The City Prosecution Division averages a conviction rate of 90% in these cases, +/- 2%. Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers has recognized this as the highest rate of conviction in the state.