From Crime Prevention to Redevelopment, Here’s What Davenport Asks Iowa Lawmakers In 2022 | Politics and Elections

Mohr said he wanted to “look at how this is funded, where it fits in the (state) budget and how much these judicial districts have received for it.”

“If half of the judicial districts already have it, I am inclined to take a serious look at it for ours,” he said. “The safety of our fellow citizens is a top priority.”

City officials will also push this year for a change in state law that would allow Davenport and other cities in Iowa to raise a new dedicated tax in a bid to increase security personnel. public.

Davenport saw a 13% increase in rates of violent crime, including homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, in the first three quarters of 2021 compared to the same period in 2019.

In particular, Davenport saw an 18% increase in shots fired (from 140 to 165) and a 60% increase in non-fatal shots (from 20 to 32) from 2019 to 2021. Additionally, Davenport has reported nine homicides in 2021. as of Dec. 1, seven of which were a direct result of gun violence.

“While the Davenport Police Department has and will continue to make internal changes to respond to the increase in crime in our community, they are doing so with few additional resources,” wrote Ott and Bladel. “As Davenport and other urban metropolitan areas respond to an increase in gun crime in their community, the city is financially constrained in its ability to add more public safety resources. “

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