Springfield Police Department released its Quarterly Public Safety Report Tuesday. The issue provides information on how the department handles prioritization of calls for service. All requests for service that require a response from the police department are assigned a priority. The number one priority for calls are those which involve a life-threatening situation or where serious injuries are believed to exist. The second priority for calls are crimes in progress or having just occurred, where there is no known threat to life or serious injury. Priorities three, four and five involve past criminal or non-criminal situations.

The QPSR also features Springfield crime statistics for the third quarter of 2018. Between July and September, SPD reported an overall decrease in crime by 15 percent, compared to the same time frame in 2017.

Crimes against persons (violent crime) increased by one percent compared to the third quarter of 2017, while there was a 17 percent decrease in crimes against property.