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Highland Village takes Safest City honors for ninth consecutive year

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The City of Highland Village has once again been recognized as the Safest City in North Texas with a population between 10,000 and 100,000, based on the FBI’s 2009 Uniform Crime Report.

City officials credit the Highland Village Police Department’s Community Oriented Public Safety (COPS) model of policing, which focuses on partnerships and communication between officers, residents and businesses.

Patrol officers in the city don’t just respond to calls for service and write tickets, they are also responsible for reminding residents to close garage doors and lock their homes to eliminate “crimes of opportunity,” as well as overseeing the neighborhood E-Watch program for residents to report suspicious people or activity.

The department’s preventive policing programs under Highland Village Police Chief Ed O’Bara have won numerous state and national awards over the years, officials said.

Neighboring Corinth ranked 7th safest and Flower Mound came in at 14th place on the list.

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