CNMI police celebrate plummeting crime levels

2:31 pm on 29 August 2018

The Northern Marianas Department of Public Safety says crime has plummeted as a result of its war on drugs.

It says the crime rate is down 63 percent since 2013.

CNMI police headquarters

CNMI police headquarters Photo: RNZI/Mark Rabago

Public Safety commissioner Robert Guerrero said the CNMI Drug Task Force is going after drug users and dealers and this has put a serious dent in illegal drug activities in the Commonwealth.

Crime statistics for the past five years show reported domestic violence offences have fallen by over 78 percent and property crimes are down by 58 percent, leading to an overall decline in criminal offending of more than 60 percent.

CNMI police also said their awareness campaign on the dangers of drink driving has reduced the rate of driving under the influence offences by nearly 80 percent.

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