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Police Union Endorse Gaffney, Is It Too Little Too Late?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

 

Joe Petty's strongest challenger, Michael Gaffney, today received the endorsement of the Worcester Police Union, New England Police Benevolent Association Local 911. 

In a City in that has deep concerns about crime the endorsement just one week before the election seems to offer little for Gaffney.

Crime Data

According to GoLocal's analysis, Worcester has the 8th highest violent crime rate.

As GoLocal reported after analyzing the FBI data:

From to 2013 to 2014, the number of reported rapes in Worcester dropped 31 percent (22 in 2013 compared to seven in 2014). The city of Fitchburg, with a population nearly five times less than Worcester, reported 31 incidents of rape.

In 2014, the city of Worcester witnessed 1,762 violent crimes and 5,604 property crimes - a significant decrease from 6,239 property crimes in 2013. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Worcester also saw decreases in murders and robberies.

Politics of Public Safety

During the past month of the campaign, sitting Mayor Joe Petty and Congressman Jim McGovern making announcement after announcement. In contrast, Gaffney's campaign has been quiet. The most recent news item posted on his campaign website is from June.

 

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#50 Ayer

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.52

2014 Violent Crimes: 28

2014 Population: 7,938

Murder:  0

Forcible Rape: 6

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 22

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#49 Monson

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.53

2014 Violent Crimes: 31

2014 Population: 8,762

Murder:  0

Forcible Rape: 6

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 22

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#48 Dudley

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.54

2014 Violent Crimes: 41

2014 Population: 11,562

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 6

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 22

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#47 Ware

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.55

2014 Violent Crimes: 35

2014 Population: 9,838

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 4

Robbery: 6

Aggravated Assaults: 25

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#46 Falmouth

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.55

2014 Violent Crimes: 113

2014 Population: 31,760

Murder: 2

Forcible Rape: 9

Robbery: 13

Aggravated Assaults: 89

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#45 Whitman

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.58

2014 Violent Crimes: 53

2014 Population:14,789

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 10

Robbery: 6

Aggravated Assaults: 37

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#44 Great Barrington

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.58

2014 Violent Crimes: 25

2014 Population: 6,971

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 26

Aggravated Assaults: 120

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#43 Salem

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.59

2014 Violent Crimes:154

2014 Population: 42,847

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 26

Aggravated Assaults: 120

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#42 Malden

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.59

2014 Violent Crimes: 219

2014 Population: 60,925

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 63

Aggravated Assaults: 148

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#41 Adams

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.61

2014 Violent Crimes: 30

2014 Population: 8,296

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 22

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#40 Southbridge

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.67

2014 Violent Crimes: 62

2014 Population: 16,858

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 11

Robbery: 11

Aggravated Assaults: 40

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#39 Taunton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.69

2014 Violent Crimes: 208

2014 Population: 56,277

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 15

Robbery: 47

Aggravated Assaults: 146

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#38 Palmer

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.7

2014 Violent Crimes: 45

2014 Population: 12,161

Murder:  0

Forcible Rape: 6

Robbery: 8

Aggravated Assaults: 31

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#37 Deerfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.74

2014 Violent Crimes: 19

2014 Population: 5,080

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 15

Robbery: 47

Aggravated Assaults: 146

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#36 Chicopee

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.81

2014 Violent Crimes: 213

2014 Population: 55,831

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 30

Robbery: 59

Aggravated Assaults: 124

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#35 Athol

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.94

2014 Violent Crimes: 46

2014 Population: 11,655

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 5

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 38

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#34 Truro

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.96

2014 Violent Crimes: 8

2014 Population: 2,019

Murder:  0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 6

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#33 Everett

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 3.96

2014 Violent Crimes: 172

2014 Population: 43,368

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 10

Robbery: 67

Aggravated Assaults: 95

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#32 Barre

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.01

2014 Violent Crimes: 22

2014 Population: 5,473

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 1

Aggravated Assaults: 18

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#31 Fairhaven

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.02

2014 Violent Crimes: 65

2014 Population: 16,157

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 8

Aggravated Assaults: 49

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#30 Quincy

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.16

2014 Violent Crimes: 392

2014 Population: 94,035

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 35

Robbery: 72

Aggravated Assaults: 285

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#29 West Springfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.31

2014 Violent Crimes: 124

2014 Population: 28,767

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 14

Robbery: 28

Aggravated Assaults: 82

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Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.37

2014 Violent Crimes: 38

2014 Population: 8,676

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 8

Robbery: 2

Aggravated Assaults: 28

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#27 Pittsfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.41

2014 Violent Crimes: 194

2014 Population: 43,895

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 35

Robbery: 30

Aggravated Assaults: 129

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#26 Northhampton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.63

2014 Violent Crimes: 132

2014 Population: 28,465

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 20

Robbery: 19

Aggravated Assaults: 93

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#25 Dennis

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.68

2014 Violent Crimes: 66

2014 Population: 14,074

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 10

Robbery: 4

Aggravated Assaults: 52

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#24 Hadley

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.73

2014 Violent Crimes: 25

2014 Population: 5,277

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 5

Robbery: 3

Aggravated Assaults: 17

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#23 Webster

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 4.80

2014 Violent Crimes: 81

2014 Population: 16,869

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 10

Robbery: 8

Aggravated Assaults: 63

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#22 Wareham

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 5.04

2014 Violent Crimes: 114

2014 Population: 22,585

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 13

Robbery: 9

Aggravated Assaults: 92

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#21 Lowell

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 5.44

2014 Violent Crimes: 598

2014 Population: 109,729

Murder: 6

Forcible Rape: 40

Robbery: 181

Aggravated Assaults: 371

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#20 Revere

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 5.56

2014 Violent Crimes: 303

2014 Population: 54,402

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 30

Robbery: 62

Aggravated Assaults: 211

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#19 North Adams

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 5.56

2014 Violent Crimes: 75

2014 Population: 13,471

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 6

Robbery: 7

Aggravated Assaults: 62

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#18 Barnstable

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 6.24

2014 Violent Crimes: 279

2014 Population: 44,642

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 19

Robbery: 28

Aggravated Assaults: 232

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#17 Leominster

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 6.55

2014 Violent Crimes: 270

2014 Population: 41,179

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 18

Robbery: 45

Aggravated Assaults: 207

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#16 Montague

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 6.57

2014 Violent Crimes: 55

2014 Population: 8,365

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 3

Robbery: 9

Aggravated Assaults: 43

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#15 Haverhill

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 6.97

2014 Violent Crimes: 436

2014 Population: 62,552

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 19

Robbery: 60

Aggravated Assaults: 357

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#14 Boston

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 7.25

2014 Violent Crimes: 4,749

2014 Population: 654,413

Murder: 53

Forcible Rape: 280

Robbery: 1,680

Aggravated Assaults: 2,736

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#13 Gardner

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 7.37

2014 Violent Crimes: 151

2014 Population: 20,462

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 11

Robbery: 15

Aggravated Assaults: 125

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#12 Lynn

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 7.77

2014 Violent Crimes: 716

2014 Population: 92,131

Murder: 5

Forcible Rape: 24

Robbery: 162

Aggravated Assaults: 525

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#11 Provincetown

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 8.05

2014 Violent Crimes: 24

2014 Population: 2,980

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 2

Robbery: 0

Aggravated Assaults: 22

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#10 Fitchburg

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 8.14

2014 Violent Crimes: 330

2014 Population: 40,492

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 31

Robbery: 65

Aggravated Assaults: 234

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#9 Yarmouth

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 8.36

2014 Violent Crimes: 198

2014 Population: 23,683

Murder: 0

Forcible Rape: 10

Robbery: 11

Aggravated Assaults: 111

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#8 Worcester

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 9.61

2014 Violent Crimes: 1,762

2014 Population: 183,248

Murder: 6

Forcible Rape: 7

Robbery: 402

Aggravated Assaults: 1,347

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Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 9.66

2014 Violent Crimes: 390

2014 Population: 40,336

Murder: 3

Forcible Rape: 31

Robbery: 99

Aggravated Assaults: 257

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#6 Brockton

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 10.5

2014 Violent Crimes: 992

2014 Population: 94,427

Murder: 12

Forcible Rape: 64

Robbery: 192

Aggravated Assaults: 724

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#5 Springfield

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 10.8

2014 Violent Crimes: 1,662

2014 Population: 153,766

Murder: 13

Forcible Rape: 94

Robbery: 583

Aggravated Assaults: 972

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#4 Lawrence

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 10.9

2014 Violent Crimes: 855

2014 Population: 78,169

Murder: 6

Forcible Rape: 26

Robbery: 324

Aggravated Assaults: 499

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#3 Chelsea

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 11.12

2014 Violent Crimes: 427

2014 Population: 38,396

Murder: 4

Forcible Rape: 21

Robbery: 171

Aggravated Assaults: 231

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#2 Fall River

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 11.6

2014 Violent Crimes: 1,036

2014 Population: 88,915

Murder: 1

Forcible Rape: 80

Robbery: 221

Aggravated Assaults: 734

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#1 New Bedford

Violent Crime Per 1000 residents: 12.6

2014 Violent Crimes: 1,199

2014 Population: 95,366

Murder:  3

Forcible Rape: 86

Robbery: 254

Aggravated Assaults: 856

 
 

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