In Griffith, Police Chief Greg Mance is crediting a 12-percent overall drop in crime in town last year to a number of factors – including partnerships with residents, rental property owners and IUN's Center for Urban and Regional Excellence and Dr. Joseph Ferrandino, together with the work of the department's officers and staff. Chief Mance says in 2013, violent crime – which includes murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault – fell by 36-percent. And aggravated assault, defined as "the unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe bodily injury, usually by means of weapon," declined by 78-percent, from 23 to five occurrences. "I am extremely proud of the accomplishments made by the men and women of the Griffith Police Department in 2013," said Mance. "Working at times with staffing down 16 to 25-percent, we overcame adversity and made a noticable difference in our community. In 2014, we will resume our authorized strength of 31 sworn officers and we look forward to the additional opportunities this will afford us."