Poteau has a population of 8,913. During the past three years, Poteau saw 1,809 arrests. For 2017, the Poteau's arrest rate totaled 668.69 per 10,000 residents. This increase of 111.25% makes Poteau higher than the national average of 316.54 per 10,000 residents. From that total, 52 were violent crimes like murder, rape, and robbery. The city of Poteau also totaled 544 arrests for property crimes during 2017. When compared to Arkoma and Bokoshe, Poteau is a more dangerous place to live.
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Overall, Poteau had a higher rate of non-violent crime. For 2017, Poteau averaged 52 violent crimes and 544 non-violent crimes.
The city of Poteau experienced 437 violent crimes during 2007-2017. Of that total, 2 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter. Additionally, 49 was for legacy rape. The robbery total was 18, and the aggravated assault total was 368.