The weekly report from the Greensboro Police Department (GPD) shows that violent crime continues to be down from 2020.
However, the number of homicides is creeping up closer to the figures for 2020, when the city had 61 homicides during the year – an all-time high.
During the reporting week, which was Sunday, Sept. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 2, there were no homicides reported. However in 2021 there have been 36 homicides compared to 42 during the same period of 2020. There have also been 829 aggravated assaults with a firearm compared to 915 during the same period in 2020.
While homicides are down this year, both traffic fatalities and drug overdose deaths are up in 2021. Through Oct. 2, 2021 there have been 38 traffic fatalities in Greensboro compared to 28 during the same time period in 2020. The number of pedestrians traffic fatalities has almost doubled from last year with 13 in 2021 compared to 7 during the same period in 2020.
There have been 101 deaths from drug overdoses in Greensboro through Oct. 2 compared to 85 during the same period in 2020.
The number of gun seizures by the Greensboro Police Department is up significantly this year with 1,419 in 2021 compared to 823 in 2020.
The GPD continues to struggle with a high vacancy rate. According to the report, on Oct. 4 the GPD had 108 vacancies. That figure includes 56 not fully trained and assigned personnel, which includes officers currently enrolled in the Police Academy, those who are pre-hires and those in field training as well as lateral hires who have not completed their training or been assigned.
Of the 52 vacancies remaining, 11 are for non-sworn positions and 41 are vacancies in sworn positions.
Because of the high number of vacancies, the GPD has implemented supplemental patrol assistance with officers from across the department answering calls in place of their regular assignments.