Muterspaw said domestic violence calls are down this year from 158 last year to 111 this year.
While the lower crime rating is encouraging, Muterspaw said there are improvements that still need to be worked on.
“Our DUI arrests could be better, traffic enforcement could be better, and our response time to low priority calls should be better,” he said. “But those are things that are dictated by staffing and time management. As long as our serious and violent crimes are down, I can live with increases in smaller things for the time being.”
Muterspaw said this trend is a positive thing for Middletown.
“You must win these battles to win the war and that is what we are trying to do,” he said. “The key in this progress is your community involvement. What a difference that makes when a hard working officer gets community help.”