Good policing and community cooperation helped to quickly solve homicides
The City of Harvey closed the year with a significant decrease in homicides. Harvey Mayor Christopher J. Clark identified several proactive measures that triggered the decline.
“My administration has been laser-focused on improving public safety,” said Clark. “Since I took office, we have added an additional $1 million dollars to the police budget, purchased new vehicles, hired new police officers, reorganized the department to put more officers on the street and are in the process of constructing six (6) new community hubs/police substations. The decrease in violent crime can be attributed to those actions and the hard work of our officers.”
Records show that Harvey Police Department is solving more cases, particularly murders. To close out the year, an arrest was made for the 2020 murder of Ryan Reed. The Harvey Police Investigations Division, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, placed Annalisa J. Whiteside in custody and charged her with homicide for fatally shooting Reed in the area of 154th and Hoyne.
In addition, after a prompt and diligent investigation, Harvey Detectives closed the homicide investigation of Kenneth Tyrone Donel. On Saturday, December 10, 2022, Harvey Police were dispatched to 15306 Robey where Donel was found deceased. Four days later, Harvey detectives arrested and charged a suspect with homicide.
Harvey Police Chief, Cameron Biddings said, “These recent homicide closings have been the result of good police work combined with the cooperation of the community and other law enforcement agencies working together.”
Mayor Clark and Chief Biddings will hold a Public Safety Forum on January 10, 2023, to hear from residents and discuss programs and efforts that have led to a 59% decrease in homicides from 2021.