El Paso recognized as second safest city in America

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - The City of El Paso was recently named second safest city in America in a report from SafeWise's "50 Safest Metro Cities in America - 2017" list.

“We are proud to be recognized as the second safest city in the country. It’s a testament to the excellent work by our police department and first responders. We must support their efforts,” said City of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

The report used the most recent FBI crime data from 2015 in order to rank cities with a population of over 300,000 residents. The report released August 14 names New York City as the safest city in the U.S.

The data rankings are part of an aggregation of violent and property crime, according to SafeWise. Each of the categories were equally weighted and city rankings were determined b the per capita crime rate.

In part, the site states, “Because El Paso is a border town, its low crime rate may surprise you, but it shouldn’t. Officials say that this community is made stronger by the hard-working ambition of immigrant families and individuals who make border towns their home.”

“This recognition clearly reflects that our police safety initiatives are working well for our diverse community. We will continue our 10 year staffing plan of 300 new officers so we can continue to lead our country in public safety,” said El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

SafeWise is a home-security and safety brand committed to increasing safety education, awareness and preparedness in American communities. SafeWise has been recognized by The Huffington Post, AngiesList, Mashable and Homes.com for their home security-brand comparisons and safest-cities reports.

The complete list of the “50 Safest Metro Cities in America – 2017” is available online at https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-metro-cities/

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