New FBI numbers show violent crime has gone down in Columbia since 2012.
Columbia police use information from the government??s Uniform Crime Reporting database.
The latest numbers show violent crime in Columbia is the lowest it??s been in the past 20 years.
The new statistics also show robberies haven??t been lower since 2003 and the amount of assaults is the lowest in the past 20 years.
Property crimes have slightly increased.
Despite the positive numbers, the Executive Director of the Columbia Police Officers?? Association Dale Roberts said Columbia needs 40 new officers to keep up with public safety.
City Manager Mike Matthes added 2 new officers in October.