Fontana is one of the safest large cities in the country


Fontana has been named one of the safest large cities in the country.
Business Insider, a business and technology website, in July listed Fontana as the 15th safest city in the United States and fourth safest in the state of California.
Other California cities to make the list included Irvine (ranked No. 1 in the nation), Fremont, Chula Vista, and San Diego.
Business Insider published its ratings after researching the latest FBI crime reports and based its ratings on crimes per 100,000 population.
This report includes cities with populations of more than 200,000, excluding suburban areas. Fontana reached the 200,000 level this past year.
“Those of us who live here know we have been a safe city for many years. Public safety has always been our No. 1 priority and through hard work coupled with an excellent police force, Fontana has received national recognition,” said Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren.
Fontana achieved this honor even though the number of crimes committed in the city increased last year.
Business Insider said that the murder rate in Fontana is 47 percent below average; the rape rate is 42 percent below average; and the robbery rate is 27 percent below average.
Police Chief Rod Jones said that much of the credit for Fontana’s accomplishment goes to members of the community, for without their support, his men and women of the police force would not be as effective.
“I am proud of the dedicated men and women of the Fontana Police Department and the residents who are actively involved in working alongside us,” Jones said.
“On behalf of the Police Department, I must acknowledge the strong unwavering support the Fontana Police Department has always received from our city leaders. Our elected officials have always made public safety a priority.”
In Fontana’s 2013-2014 general fund budget, the Police Department accounts for 59.2 percent of the spending. The city is adding 14 new employees to the force this fiscal year.

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