Kenneth G. Fifield
Chief of Police
Once again we were able to find homes for every stray dog or cat last year through our adoption program.
The rabies clinic was successful and will be run again this year.
The ACO ran 10 Cat clinics this year and a rabies clinic.
Reminder, most animal control calls are non-responsible owners not animals
Reminder although ACO works part time the Police Department handles Animal calls 24/7 please call County dispatch for these calls at 539-2284.
Grant funded patrols – Again we conducted several patrols through cooperative grants. Speed patrols, DWI, & area wide DWI patrols, DWI Check point, Safe Commuter patrols.
We continue to offer the SHIELD program at the Paul School and other local crime prevention seminars at the public safety building: including Fraud, Firearm Safety & Home Defense, and “Hard Targets” property crime protection.
The Firearms Safety course was very popular; I support an armed citizenry and the right to Self-defence. I believe criminals take notice.
CRIME AND INVESTIGATIONS TREAD:
The FACEBOOK page has been very successful. This last year we had over 25,000 views. It is designed to post relevant Police information to the community, please like our page and receive timely posts. We are also maintaining our web page for more statistical purposes.
We have a link to receive emergency notices to your phone or device, look for this on Facebook.
We post items regularly on the PEG channel for those who would rather view TV instead of social media.
We are continuing to host Regional trainings which bring more high quality training to our Officers at a lower cost than sending them out.
We are receiving equipment from the Government surplus program which we might not otherwise be able to purchase.
Again we are encouraging homeowners to display your street number at your residence; this saves valuable time, and could save a life.
We are looking to acquire two pole mounted speed collection devices. These can be used to gather traffic data at problem areas. This will enable us to develop a plan to assess and address any problems that we find, thus deploy manpower when, where it will be most effective.
We are hoping to finish the 2nd floor of the Public Safety Building this year, with a proposal put forth by the PSB committee. The competition of the building will allow for 24 hour EMT coverage with a substantial reduction in response times. It will also provide an emergency management operations, improvements to the Police department sally port and evidence holding. This final completion of the PSB will serve this community for the foreseeable future and bring us into compliance with best practices standards for the facility.
Charges of Interest:
This last year was challenging in many respects, we were able to make progress in some areas but lost ground in others. We had a significant increase in overdose responses and the Heroin problem is one of our main challenges. We responded to 17 overdose calls, one fatal, and several close calls brought back by Narcan. We have found in many cases that crimes are also linked to the drug problem. We are developing a proactive response to these problems, and are going to reach out to the community for more solutions. In other areas were able to reduce overall crime numbers while at the same time handling more reported calls; consequently our road enforcement efforts were reduce due to officer availability. I feel we need to deploy more basic patrol to deter criminal activity and to keep the roads safer, and we will put more emphasis on that this coming year. It is my continuing goal to keep the residents of our Town safe, and to be able to live in a community where we still can enjoy the small Town way of life.
The members of the Police Department have voted for Officer Claire Briggs as Officer of the Year. Claire is EMT certified and has provided emergency medical services to several people, and saved a few lives. She also is a rock solid Police Officer with a great attitude.
|Assault||22||Involuntary Emergency Admission||22|
|Burglary||5||Liquor Law Violations||36|
|Theft||17||Drug related charges||31|
|Criminal Threatening / Intimidation||21||Other mother vehicle arrests||170|
|Criminal Mischief / vandalism||13||Domestic violence related||89|
|Sobriety check point||5||Open warrants||49|
|Calls For Service||5546||8205||10461||11700||12745||12219||12887||15029||14373||14056||14574||15963||15716|
|Motor vehicle thefts||10||9||10||15||10||14||8||10||6|
|Domestic violence related cases||61||73||69||71||98||80||76||80||96|
|Sexual assault related cases||11||12||8||14||10||8||12||9||14|
|Motor vehicle activity||1486||2134||1586||1268||1394||1318||2449||2411||2382||1860||1907||1868||1329|
|Animal Control Calls||NR||NR||142||202||194||174||224||1022||972||1022||1030||1010||860|
|Motor Vehicle incidents||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||275||247||231||220||152||230||192||208|