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Shoplifting and drug offenses are the most prevalent crimes, Police Chief Rick Clark said. Galax officers made 718 arrests last year, and less than half of those were city residents.
Report: crime down in Galax

The Galax Police Department handled 39,629 calls in 2014, both emergency and non-emergency in nature — not including phone calls for information — and recorded 21,213 calls for service.

Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, now in his 14th year in the position, recently gave his annual report to Galax City Council.

The department reported 1,192 total crimes, which is a 11.6 percent decrease from 2013.

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