Clarksville’s population grows as crime rate drops, state statistics show

Clarksville’s crime rate has been slowly declining since 2017, and 2021 was no exception.

In 2021, the crime rate fell from 8.3% per 1,000 population to 7.7% per 1,000 population, according to statistics provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

The news comes as Clarksville continues to experience steady population growth.

The city has gone from over 150,000 in 2017 to over 164,000 in 2021, making the drop in the crime rate an even more remarkable achievement, the TBI said.

Clarksville Police Chief David Crockarell attributes the decrease to his officers, said city communications specialist Casey Williams. They worked hard to get the department accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

“As a CALEA accredited agency, we work together to hold ourselves accountable and to a higher standard,” Crockarell said.

“They work hard for the citizens of Clarksville and Montgomery County to make them feel safe and the TBI Crime Report data shows it.”

CALEA is a voluntary accreditation, designed to help public safety agencies with an established set of professional standards.

Public initiatives such as “Slow Down Clarksville” and “Park Smart” are still being promoted to help and continue this trend, city officials said.

The CPD reminds people to beware of school buses at the start of school, to lock vehicles, secure valuables and take their keys with them when leaving their vehicles.

Clarksville Police Department officers and members of the local nonprofit YAIPaks Outreach partnered in February 2022 in an initiative to help prevent pedestrian fatalities involving motor vehicles.

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