Little Elm was recently named one of the top 15 safest communities in Texas by a reputable website that analyzes FBI crime records.
CreditDonkey examined violent crimes, robberies, property crimes and burglary accounts for each Texas city with 10,000 or more residents. These statistics landed Little Elm No. 13 out of 50 on the list.
Assistant Chief of Police Greg Wilkerson said the police department has to submit town-specific crime data to the FBI on a regular basis, at which point the FBI files the data and makes it accessible to websites such as CreditDonkey.
Part of what makes Little Elm so safe is the interactive relationship the police have with the community, Wilkerson said. Groups such as Citizens Police Academy (CPA) and Neighborhood Watch solidify that relationship.
“It’s very important to partner with the citizens,” Wilkerson said. “They’re our eyes and ears.”
Another factor that landed Little Elm on the safest community list is the exceptional internal management within the police department, Wilkerson said. The administration side of the department monitors things like how much time the officers spend on answering calls, filing paperwork and patrolling. There’s a “myriad of different responsibilities” officers have, Wilkerson said, and it is important to maintain an even balance to keep the community safe.
Town Manager Matt Mueller said this achievement is not much of a surprise.
“We continually show up on lists like these,” Mueller said. “It shows that Little Elm is an overall great place to live. It has outstanding public safety and individuals. It all goes back to different areas of the community that work together well and make the town a good place to live.”
Going forward, LEPD plans to establish a CPA Alumni Association that would allow CPA graduates to help the department patrol areas and assist with working accidents and directing traffic. They would be provided with cars, as well. These graduates would go through additional rigorous class and field training before being allowed to serve the department. At no point will they be allowed to make arrests.
“They are mainly meant to serve as a deterrent,” Wilkerson said. “They’ll help free up time of our sworn officers to patrol more.”
Wilkerson said no plans are official yet, but he hopes for this program to take effect sometime this year to help keep Little Elm safe.
To view the full list of this year’s safest cities in Texas, go to creditdonkey.com/safest-texas.