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Durham police statistics for 2015 show decline in arrests

DURHAM (AP) — Durham police say statistics have shown that the department took more calls for service last year, but arrests were down 10 percent in the southeast New Hampshire town from 2014.

Officials say calls for assistance have increased by approximately 3 to 5 percent annually over the last 10 years.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports data released by the Durham Police Department for 2015 also found that assaults decreased by 25 percent and thefts dropped 30 percent.

Town Administrator Todd Selig says the figures demonstrate the town's success in addressing problematic behavior that has plagued neighborhoods surrounding Durham's downtown.

Using federal grant money, Durham hired a problem oriented police officer to follow up with downtown area residents in the immediate aftermath of any issues that should arise.

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