Tips to Keep Your Community Safe

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Crime in Des Moines is down by nearly 20 percent from last year. Public safety officials say they can do better, but they need your help.

The Des Moines Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in Iowa. But with more than 200,000 people living in Des Moines and less than 400 police officers; officials say that communication is crucial. “Community participation is vital. Without them we couldn’t do nearly the job that we do with the success that we have,” said Sergeant Paul Parizek.

Authorities encourage residents to share all concerns and questions with their community assigned officer.

It’s also important to keep the lines of communication open with community members. You can post concerns or updates on private social media apps or create a private page on Facebook.

Officials say events like National Night Out serve as an ice breaker to open the lines of communication between community members and authorities.