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SAFE: Not Just A Show On Netflix

The City of Madisonville and the Madisonville Police Department are excited to have been announced as the safest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

“With a Crime Rate Per 1,000 at only 0.017 percent, the City of Madisonville has been statistically proven to be the safest city in the entire state,” said Mayor Kevin Cotton. “That is largely due to the proactive tactics of Madisonville Police Department and the quality of citizens we have within our city limits. I am thankful to have been elected to serve a city who continues to improve across the board.”

According to the National Council for Home Safety and Security, to identify the safest cities in Kentucky, they reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report Statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. Any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI or had populations under 10,000 were eliminated. They computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then they transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and normalized it so the final number was a score between 0 and 1. Next, they computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (total crimes / number of police employees). They consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. They transformed and normalized this number to also reflect a score between 0 and 1. Finally, they combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

“Within the last few years, MPD has implemented the deployment of officers and adjustment to infrastructure and operations,” said Major Andy Rush. “By no longer taking part in reactive policing, we are able to deploy our resources based on data accrued by numerous platforms. This adjustment has contributed to a 28 percent reduction in serious crime and a 11 percent reduction in motor vehicle accidents over the last calendar year.”

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