2020 was a year we will never forget. We endured the worst global pandemic in over a century. We saw the shuttering of complete economies. We saw our children being locked out of their schools. We saw the needless killing of George Floyd and navigated the riots and almost daily protests which followed. We saw our violent crime levels rise to record levels. However, the worst part of 2020 was the murder of Officer Anthony Dia who was responding to a check the safety of an individual call on July 4th. Even with the obstacles of 2020, the Toledo Police Department came to work every day serving our residents and visitors. In all my years as Chief of Police, I have never been prouder of the men and women working in this agency.
That being said, I am honored to present the 2020 Toledo Police Department Annual Report. You will see the same statistics and crime information as in annual reports of years past. We will also showcase the men and women of this department and display some of their amazing work.
2021 is going to be a busy year at TPD. As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted we will double down in getting back into the community, at meetings and events, but also in the neighborhoods interacting in a more one-on-one setting. We will tirelessly work to reduce the fear of crime expressed by the public while simultaneously working to lower crime rates through modern policing initiatives . We will continue to advance our department technologically and we will develop out-of-the-box strategies to improve the relationships between Toledoans and their police department.
As I wrote earlier, I have been blessed to lead this department since 2015. Each and every day I am amazed at the caliber of the men and women employed at this agency. All too often we see the negative side of law enforcement. Unfortunately, the general public never sees the thousands of positive and caring acts police officers in this community and across the nation accomplish each and every day.
I sincerely hope you enjoy learning more about your police department and encourage anyone who wishes to obtain more information to visit toledopolice.com. The website has been recently redesigned and offers information from all aspects of the department.
George Kral, Chief
Toledo Police Department