Despite the fact that the Greensboro Police Department currently has 119 vacancies, overall crime was down in 2021 compared to 2022.
While crime statistics are trending in the right direction, down, the vacancy rate in the Police Department is trending in the wrong direction up. In October 2021, the GPD had 108 vacancies, so in three months the number of vacancies has increased by 11.
Greensboro Police Chief Brian James in a report to the City Council in December said the GPD was learning to do more with less and that appears to be true.
There were 53 homicides in 2021 compared to 62 in 2020, and while that is a decrease, 53 is the second largest number of homicides on record in Greensboro.
In 2021, there were 75 rapes compared to 88 in 2020 and 1,983 aggravated assaults in 2021 down from 2,004 in 2020.
In 2021, there were 551 robberies, 243 of those were robberies with a firearm compared to 2020 when there were 585 robberies with 298 of those being robberies with a firearm.
James said that the GPD was concentrating on getting more guns off the streets in 2021 and as a result 1,772 guns were seized in 2021 compared to 1,260 in 2020.
Burglaries in 2021 were down in 2021 with 1,759 compared to 2,220 in 2020, but theft from motor vehicles was up with 3,060 in 2021 compared to 2,963 in 2020.
Motor vehicle theft was almost the same with 1,121 in 2021 compared to 1,126 in 2020.
Both drug overdoses and drug overdose deaths were up in 2021 with 846 drug overdoses and 122 drug overdose deaths compared to 677 drug overdoses and 113 drug overdose deaths in 2020.
Traffic fatalities were also up in 2021 and the number of pedestrians killed more than doubled. There were 52 traffic fatalities in 2021 and 17 of those killed were pedestrians compared to 35 fatalities in 202 with 8 pedestrian fatalities.