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The FBI’s released its annual Uniform Crime Report this week revealing a decline in violent crime in Jefferson City from 2013 to 2014.

The data show a decrease in almost every violent crime category, excluding murder.

Councilman Rick Mihalevich is the chairman of the city’s Public Safety Committee.

He said the city’s initiatives concerning public safety could be responsible for the decline.

He also said the police department is finally fully staffed.

Jefferson City Police looking for new officers

Oct 7, 2014
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Jefferson City's Police Department is seeking to fill positions that have been open for almost a year. Several officers retired in 2013 and the department is still looking for deputies to replace them.

The city police board wants to hire 7 new police officers, and 61 people have applied for the jobs. The department is now down to the last 10 who best fit the requirements.

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The Cole County Sheriff’s Department and Jefferson City Police are working on a heroin awareness campaign.