Bedford Police Department working on strategic plan to curb crime

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BEDFORD (WSLS 10) - The Bedford Police Department is working on its strategic plan for the next five years in an effort to curb crime.

In 2015, a state police crime report said Bedford had the highest incident rate compared to nearly 40 other cities in the commonwealth.

Those numbers are expected to stay the same in 2016.

Crimes such as assaults and larcenies are a big concern of the police department.

In 2014, there were 278 larceny cases. In 2015, 275 cases and so far this year there have been 79.

After losing several officers to promotions and other jobs last year, the department lost nearly a quarter of its force.

Now, with the department at full staff, the chief is looking to make some changes.

"We're working together to build a strategic plan for the next five years and how we'll address some of the crime issues we're having and how we'll move the department forward in other ways," said Chief Todd Foreman.

In addition to going around to different neighborhoods the police chief is also going to businesses to see how he can help them.

"We want to ask them about their quality of life, the police department, what they think of the community those kinds of things," says Chief Foreman.