Clearance rates measure how many crimes are solved; the higher the rate, the better. A crime is considered cleared when at least one person has been arrested, charged and turned over for prosecution. On rarer occasions, it may be cleared through exceptional means, in which case the offender(s) has been identified and located and charges prepared, but an arrest cannot be made due to circumstances beyond police control, such as the suspect’s death or a victim’s refusal to cooperate. Recovery of property does not constitute clearance of a crime. The comparison of CHPD’s clearance rate with peer agencies (the gray bar on the chart) is based on the average for all agencies in cities with a population of 25,000-49,999.