Mayoral candidates discuss Quincy crime rates
QUINCY, IL —
In the past decade Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley says crime in the Gem City has been on the rise.
But it was only in the last two years that Quincy has seen a higher increase in violent crimes.
Chief Copley did tell KHQA looking back at 2015-2016, crime did decrease but there was a nine percent increase in violent crimes.
"We've had about four years that it was fairly low, it mirrored one year a little higher and the next year back down," said Chief Copley.
Right now Mayor Kyle Moore and Jeff VanCamp face off in the current race for Quincy mayor.
It's evident that both want to tackle crime rates, however they don't see eye to eye on a plan of attack.
Independent candidate, Jeff VanCamp said, "If we're really going to move this community forward we have to confront the challenges that we have before us right now as well as embrace the opportunities."
"When our chief of police says man power alone will not solve the crime, it takes community effort, then my opponent needs to have more plans than we are just going to talk to people," explained Incumbent candidate, Mayor Kyle Moore.
Now VanCamp says he wants to put together a plan of action.
"We're going to be more proactive in talking to patrol officers with the administration in the police department, reaching out more proactively to business leaders, community leaders," VanCamp said.
All while Mayor Kyle Moore says he's already working to solve the problem.
"It's not just a police issue it's an economic issue as well and one of the things that I've done in my administration is expand opportunities for our kids, I've launched the Quincy Promise Program," said Moore.
Chief Copely says crime is a symptom of the community.
Copley explained, "If you're looking at making long lasting change in crime statistics you've got to change the culture of the community, it's more of the ability to do those things that we need them to help facilitate that for our department."
The election for Quincy Mayor is scheduled for April 4th.