ROANOKE, Va. -

The numbers are in, and 2013 was one of the safest in Roanoke City's history.

As Perkins stood in front of City Council Monday morning to talk about the state of his police force, some council members were sort of mesmerized.

Here's why:

In 2013, violent crime in the city dropped by more than 16 percent from the year before.

Over the past nine years, since they started keeping standardized data, that number has been cut in half.

For property crimes, the number dropped almost eight and a half percent last year and more than twenty eight percent since 2005.

"Now the goal is trying to get the community to realize that we gotta bring them down even more and we're not there yet," Perkins said.

Perkins attributes the overall drop, in part, to a smarter, data-driven approach to crime.

Another large factor: creating a stronger, more human presence in communities.   

While the numbers are great, Perkins told City Council about the process of unleashing a new program to make them even better.

It's called I-Star. 

Right now, when an officer responds to a call, the only information they have is what the 911 dispatcher heard from the person who called.

I-Star will have the recent crime data for where an officer is responding to that could even predict when crimes will take place before they even happen.

"They now have the details they need to better prepared to assess that situation prior to arrival and then handle it better, that increases the effect of what we do," Perkins added.

Simple assaults were one of the few categories of crimes that went up last year.

Chief Perkins says he's noticed a correlation between simple assaults and areas where drug and alcohol offenses are prevalent.

He says, going forward, he's going to play a more active role in speaking out against new bars or alcohol vendors in these areas with the hopes of reducing simple assaults and therefore the overall crime rate.

Tomorrow, Perkins will also finalize big departmental changes.

The re-organization of the police department is centered on citizens, and this is an attempt to continue improving customer service.

He says the recent success of the police department is because of a better relationship with citizens.

Perkins says re-organization is a way to both listen better and respond quicker.

"We are centered on our citizens. Our citizens is what's going to help us bring the crime rate down, because we can't do it alone. Our citizens are going make sure that we continue getting the things that we need to be effective in how we police this city," Perkins said.

Perkins says he does expect some kinks with this re-organization, but he's brought in additional criminal justice experts who will provide feedback.