Police were busy in 2012, statistics show

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Shelbyville's police and fire departments had a busy 2012, with a marked increase in emergency responses and traffic citations.

Police Chief Austin Swing and Fire Chief Ricky McConnell (see related story) briefed Shelbyville's city council Thursday about their activities during the previous year.

City manager Jay Johnson noted that every statistic for the police department increased compared to 2011.

"In one sense, that's good, but in another, it's very, very bad," Johnson said.

Numbers up

Swing said officers answered 13,643 calls during the past year, up 806 from 2011. Officers issued 5,708 citations, an increase of 1,006. They wrote 1,295 parking tickets and 2,006 warnings.

Arrests were also up - 282 more than 2011, with officers using handcuffs 1,676 times. A total of 156 assaults were reported, with 58 arrests made on the scene, 216 DUI arrests and 249 charges for public intoxication.

Drug arrests totalled 93 for 2012, with 13 robberies resulting in four arrests. A total of 639 accidents were investigated, up 14 from 2011, including two fatalities and 134 injuries within the city limits.

Investigations of 639 incidents were conducted, a hike of 60 from 2011, with 514 reported domestic incidents. A total of 492 incidents were cleared either by arrest "or other means." Also, 205 cases of fraud were reported to police, which Swing said were mostly Internet or phone scams.

Many miles

Swing also reported that his officers patrolled over a half million miles last year -- 514,368 miles, around 1,400 miles per day, up nearly 11,000 miles from last year.

"If they tell you the officers are eating doughnuts, you know they're eating them while they're driving," Swing joked. He also said this is why his department is wearing out patrol cars.

With the addition of a new drug dog, officers made 60 vehicle searches, resulting in arrests 80 percent of the time and 100 percent arrests during an eight-building search.

The chief also reported six school searches done at the request of principals or the school superintendent and 16 K-9 demonstrations. About $4,000 was seized during the drug searches, which went for the care and feeding of the dogs.

Training time

Each officer had 42 hours of training -- totalling 1,722 hours. Two officers received diving and rescue certifications at no cost to the city, ending a need to wait on outside help.

Four officers are now certified to teach the department's defensive driving school, while several have spoken to various groups and held classes on safety, domestic violence and other topics.

Deputy Chief Mike Rogers and Officer David Curley are both working toward state accreditation -- a set of standards, policies and procedures throughout police departments in Tennessee.

Sex offenders

Officers checked on all 40 of the city's registered sex offenders last week, -- verifying each was where they were supposed to be. The only offenders out of place were two in jail, another who called in the next morning, and one whose wereabouts are unknown. A total of 23 have been convicted of violent sexual crimes, while 12 committed non-violent crimes.

As for animal control, a total of 344 dogs were picked up last year, with 100 turned in. Swing said 92 dogs were adopted and 323 put down. The chief also said cats are dealt with by animal control as well, but no figures were available.