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Hancock County law enforcement leads the state in solving cases

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The Ellsworth American

Hancock County law enforcement leads the state in solving cases

by Kate Cough

ELLSWORTH — If you commit a crime in Maine, there’s a 64 percent chance you’ll get away with it, according to the latest data from the Maine Department of Public Safety, which collects monthly reports from agencies around the state.

Unless you’re in Hancock County that is, where law enforcement officers solved 60 percent of crimes in 2017 — the highest percentage of any county in the state.

“We’ve always taken pride in our high clearance rate,” said Ellsworth Police Department Chief Glenn Moshier. “It can be misleading but I think it can be a useful tool.”

A crime is considered “cleared” (solved) when a suspect has been charged, arrested or turned over to the court. Cases may also be considered cleared for other reasons, such as when a suspect dies, or if a victim declines to participate in prosecution.

Clearance rates in Maine are higher than the national average, but they’re still low. In 2017, Maine law enforcement agencies solved an average of 36 percent of all crimes tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, compared to the national average of 23 percent.

In Maine, burglary cases were least likely to be solved, with only one-quarter of all 3,316 cases cleared.

Read more: https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/featured/hancock-county-law-enforcement-leads-the-state-in-solving-cases/