In September 2018, Police Chief Jimmy Liles left the Nixa Police Department and Joe Campbell took his place.
In 2018, Nixa established seven Neighborhood Watch groups, which brought the total to 33 groups in the city.
The Nixa police reportedly made 11,471 traffic stops in 2018. They gave a total of 9,841 warnings and issued 1,799 tickets. There were also 365 crashes.
There were 10 total formal complaints assigned within the department in 2018. Six of those complaints were not sustained and the other four were sustained.
Nixa police answered a total of 28,862 calls for service in 2018. From these calls for service, officers made 908 arrests and only used force on 17 occasions. According to the Nixa Police Department, officers used force during an arrest 2 percent of the time.
Calls for service have increased by 36.6 percent in the last five years.
“If you look at those numbers, most of them are trending up as we work through this five-year cycle,” Campbell said.
There were 538 drug charges in Nixa in 2018. This is higher than the average number of drug charges for the past six years, which is 453.
In 2018, there were 2,519 issued tickets; 3,692 filed reports; 111 DWI charges; 624 misdemeanor charges; and 359 felony charges.
There were 252 property crimes in 2018, which was less than 2017’s total of 311.
Recorded violent crimes in 2018 were five more than 2017’s number of 21.
Three arsons took place in 2018 and none in 2017.
There were 22 motor vehicle thefts in 2018 and 27 in 2017.
Larceny theft numbers were lower in 2018, with a total of 200, than 2017’s total of 244.
There were 27 burglaries in 2018 and 40 reported in 2017.
Twenty-two aggravated assaults were recorded in 2018, and only 9 were recorded in 2017.
There was one less reported robbery in 2018 than 2017’s reported total of four.
Reported rape saw a decrease from 2017’s total of eight to 2018’s total of one.
In both 2017 and 2018, there were zero reports of attempted rape, negligent manslaughter, and homicide.
“We’re doing pretty good when it comes to property crime,” Campbell said. “And the burglaries, thefts, stealing of motor vehicles—they’re all trending downward from last year. However, you can see there was a little bit of a jump in violent crime, and then the aggravated assaults went up quite a bit.”
According to the Nixa Police, there was a total of 541 cases in 2018. Eight cases were assigned/active, and 65 cases were unassigned. There were 436 workable cases and 100 inactive cases. Sixty-six cases were suspended, and 40 were unfounded. With a clearance rate of 60 percent, there were 262 cleared cases. The monthly case average for 2018 was 45.
Nixa’s animal control officers responded to 1,444 calls for service involving animals in 2018. Out of those calls, 21 were regarding dog bites and 167 were animal pickups, where dogs were placed in the pound. Nixa police reportedly returned 134 of the 167 impounded dogs to their owners, and the remaining 33 were sent to rescue for adoption. The other calls for service included dogs at large, animal abuse or neglect and barking dogs.