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Temple Police Department Chief Creig Lee attributed the city’s ranking to the cooperation between the community and the police department.

The City of Temple was ranked 20th in the top 50 safest cities in Georgia, the fourth year in a row that the city made the cut.

This year, the city jumped 25 spots on the list, from 45 in 2019 to number 20 safest in the state. The list is compiled by Safewise, a home security consultant.

To make its rankings, the company uses FBI crime statistics and U.S. Census population data. It then uses the crime data, specifically violent and property crimes, and calculates the rate of crime per 1,000 people in the city.

With a population of 4,462, the violent crime rate for 2020 was 0.9 per 1,000 people and the property crime rate was 19.0 per 1,000 people.

Part of the jump to the 20th rank included a decrease per 1,000 violent crimes, from 2.5 to 0.9 and a decrease per 1,000 from 30.0 to 19.0 for property crimes.

Other west Georgia towns were ranked by the company. Villa Rica placed 66th, Bremen placed 73rd, Carrollton placed 90th, and Douglasville placed 104th. There were a total of 127 Georgia cities ranked this year.

Temple Police Department Chief Creig Lee said that he was amazed by the city’s improved ranking over previous years. He said it was partly due to the cooperation between the community and the police department, and what he called the “amazing work” of his everyone on his team.

Lee said that his department is close knit and added that everyone is like family. Part of being a smaller force, he said, means that the chief has the time to put into the police department.

From suspicious people to traffic calls, Lee said that his department always jumps on every call that they receive.

Meanwhile Mayor Michael Johnson also praised Chief Lee for their efforts in keeping the town safe.

Both men also said the citizens helped keep Temple safe through being law abiding as well as assisting the police such as through the various neighborhood watches.

“I think we’re a town where the majority of our citizens take care of their own business, and are not looking for opportunities to do things that violate laws,” said Johnson.