Winston-Salem PD: Crime down, arrests up

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Police said progress is being made in Winston-Salem with crime going down and arrests going up.

"We really started out the top of the year really high in crime and we knocked it down a lot," Police Chief Scott Cunningham told a crowd Tuesday evening at the National Night Out celebration at 14th Street Park in Winston-Salem.

Cunningham said crime is going down faster than it went up thanks mostly to more people reporting it to police.

Police said a new neighborhood beat system designed to build more trust between officers and neighborhoods is also helping.

National Night Out is an event held across the country to bring police and the public together.

Marva Reid has organized the event for the past three years and said turnout continues to grow.