Study: Juvenile crime down in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A study shows encouraging news for Grand Rapids: juvenile crime has dropped significantly.

The Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index Report (GRJOI) was released Tuesday. It shows a 30 percent drop between 2006 and 2012 and a 40 percent drop in unique arrests or different juvenile offenders.

The study also shows teens and preteens, ages 12 to 14 years, are at most risk of getting involved in a crime between 2 and 4 p.m., immediately after school. Mayor George Heartwell action taken within Grand Rapids Public Schools has helped decrease the crime rate.

"We had no after school programs in any of our schools, but with a partnership with our schools, our community, and ELO, we have programs in our school and I don't think it's a coincidence we've seen a drop in juvenile crime," Heartwell said.

The reports says the most common juvenile crimes include assault, disorderly conduct, and shoplifting.

The GRJOI was produced through a partnership between Grand Rapids Police and the organizations: Our Community's Children, and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy's Community Research Institute.

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