PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -A recent study by CQ Press out of Washington, D.C. puts Pine Bluff at the second most dangerous city in the nation.
"It's probably accurate," said Interim Chief Jeff Hubanks of the Pine Bluff Police Department.
Rosie Pettigrew, a Pine Bluff business owner, said although she takes precautions, she does not feel as though crime has hampered business.
"If you go searching for crime, you will find crime," said Pettigrew.
Interim-Chief Hubanks said much of the crime is driven by drug-related crimes.
He said Pine Bluff's newly appointed mayor, Debe Hollingsworth, ran on a promise to curb crime, and Holingsworth said she has a timeline in mind for when she expects to see a reduction in crime.
"Six months to a year out and that might be a little aggressive, but aggressive is something that I'm used to...," said Mayor Hollingsworth.
Interim-Chief Hubanks said his department is employing a number of tactics to reach their target. The tactics include devices in patrol cars which pinpoint crime hot spots.