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Canton Ranks Among Safest Communities in U.S.

The ranking by Congressional Quarterly Press is announced amid two armed robberies in Canton Township in the past few weeks.

CQ Press, a national publication that covers social and political issues, ranked Canton Township the 33rd safest community in the nation -- the highest ranked Michigan community, followed by Sterling Heights at 34th and Troy at 36th.

Canton's ranking was out of 432 cities and townships with populations over 75,000, according to Canton Public Safety's press release.

News of the ranking came just before an armed robbery at a Verizon store on Monday prompted lock-downs at four Canton elementary schools. Earlier in February, there was an armed robbery at a Family Dollar on Joy Road in Canton.

Public Safety Director Todd L. Mutchler said Monday's armed robbery was a perfect example of how prepared police were to catch all three suspects. Police identified suspects in Monday's armed robbery in part by finding known associates from other crimes, he said. 

"We’re really using technology to accelerate our investigations," he said.

The suspects are expected to be arraigned Wednesday.

Community relations are key

Mutchler said information sharing is also important, as in the armed robbery at Family Dollar where the suspect was determined because of Public Safety's solid relationship with other jurisdictions.

"We’re still following sound, proven policing principles," he said. "All the technology in the world doesn’t change the fact that you need to talk to people."

He said officers get a pulse for what's going on in the community in terms of crime, neighborhood issues and illegal business activity like tobacco and alcohol sales to minors.

"We're really grateful for our relationship with Canton Public Safety,"  P-CEP Interim Director of Community Relations Mary Holaly said in reference to Monday's armed robbery. "They do a great job and they always keep our children's safety in mind."

"C.E.," a Patch reader, also commended officers for quickly arresting the suspects Monday.

"Glad I live in a community where emergency services respond quickly and work hard to keep the bad guys off the streets," the reader wrote.

Independent publisher CQ Press based its ranking on crime statistics -- for murder, rape, robbery, burglary and more -- from the FBI’s 2011 Crime Report, according to the press release. A formula measures how each city compares to the national average in each given category. 

"I think that we have the perfect recipe to have achieved that ranking," Mutchler said. "A caring community, a professional proactive police force and a group of elected officials that are committed and fully support public safety."

NCS February 27, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Wow... Credibity, huh?
Boiling February 27, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Try Powder Springs, Georgia.
Sally Marie February 27, 2013 at 02:53 PM
@Joewheeler, your comment is highly offensive. My husband is black and we live in Canton. The black population in Canton accounts for 10% of the population. The U.S. black population is 14% of the overall population. So, Canton is pretty racially representative in that regard. My husband is also from Detroit and sees more of a correlation between socioeconomic status and safety of the community as opposed to race.
Sally Marie February 27, 2013 at 05:35 PM
@joe Comparing Detroit and Canton is like comparing apples and mangos. The household income in Detroit is averaged at $25,787 while Canton's is $82,669. Detroit has very high poverty levels compared to Canton. What you are missing is the fact that people who live in Canton make significantly more money than the population in Detroit. Unfortunately, there is a large population living in poverty in Detroit that happen to be black. You get very similar problems in poor, poverty stricken white neighborhoods. There are plenty of highly educated, hard working people in Detroit. They just don't live in the poorer neighborhoods, because they can afford to live in the nicer areas of Detroit and send their children to better Detroit schools or private schools. Education level and income level affect crime way more than race. Your equation in your very first comment should have been: income & education level = safe wholesome community. The household income in Detroit is averaged at $25,787 while Canton's is $82,669.
PaulaY February 27, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Amen!
Ryan Hamilton February 27, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Joe Wheeler for president
Marcia Peterson Buckie February 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Sally Marie it looks like Archie bunker may have been reincarnated.
Marcia Peterson Buckie February 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM
That's a really ridiculous comment. What does wholesome mean? No drug use. I grew up in a northern suburb and we had 4 black families at our large high school. Guess what. Lots of drug use.
Tristan February 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM
I think old Joe just wanted to get a few readers ticked off and he did. What he said was stupid since it's not always Detroit blacks who have commited crimes in Canton. I dont care where they were from......a crook is a crook. I would like to say the Canton Police were on top of things as usual....Great job guys! You make me feel good about all those tax dollars I pay every year. Keep on doing what you do best and please stay safe!
John McKay (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Joe Wheelers comments have been removed - Joe, let's keep from making generalizations about race.
Joe wheeler February 28, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Of course my comments were removed! That's the way it is in PC America now. Remember, It's not a stereotype if its always true....
Joe wheeler February 28, 2013 at 04:46 AM
im gonna bet I'll be banned from posting anything next for stating facts that are easily obtained from google. PC America & white guilt....gotta love it!
John McKay (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 05:01 AM
So by that logic, considering it's NOT always true, that makes it a stereotype...

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