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2/7/2013 8:43:00 PM
CFPD reports 6,581 ICRs; up from 2011

by Ken Haggerty

The Cannon Falls Police Department recorded a total of 6,581 incidents, calls and reports of activity in 2012, up slightly from 6,492 in 2011.

For incidents, the biggest category is business checks. The CFPD reported 2,414 in 2012, up from 1,905 for 2011, similar to 2,395 in 2010. The new software and computers in the squad cars allows officers to quickly note patrol activities, like business checks, said Police Chief Jeff McCormick.

The second biggest category is traffic stops. The CFPD reported 1,107 for 2012, down from 1,359 in 2011, but above the 879 in 2010. McCormick said the Department saw some turnover in staffing in 2012 that meant fewer patrol hours at times. The Department is at six full-time patrol officers, looking to hire a seventh. In 2010, they were at nine.

Speeding tickets totaled 157, down from 221 in 2011, but up from 123 in 2010. Parking violations were at 74.

Assist calls for motorists were reported at 272 for 2012, up slightly from 262 in 2011.

Suspicious person or activity calls for 2012 were at 268, up from 246 in 2011. McCormick welcomes and encourages all calls from people who think something seems suspicious. He recognized two citizens in 2012 for calls that led to arrests.

Medical assist calls were at 263 for 2012, they were at 267 in 2011.

The next highest incident category for 2012 was "assist other authorities" with 246, down from 285 in 2011.

Other categories with more than 100 reported incidents: Driving complaints at 160; business alarms at 104; animal complaints at 103.

Directive patrols were reported at 99. These are actions taken at the direction of the Chief to respond to specific situations, like extra patrols in an area where break-ins have been occurring.

Theft numbers dropped from 100 to 83 in 2012. McCormick said many of the cases are tied to drug use.

"We try to just chip away at dealers and users," said McCormick. "In a small town, it's sometimes tough because the people involved in drugs know who all the cops are."

McCormick noted as a success a long developing drug case on Cannon Court that led to an arrest and the dealer leaving the neighborhood and the house actually being torn down.

Drugs and drug related calls were at 22 in 2012.

A drop-off box for unwanted prescription drugs that was installed in 2012 in the lobby of the Police Department has been a big hit. "It's used even more than we thought it would be," commented McCormick.

Driving while intoxicated calls were at 41 in 2012, similar to the 44 in 2011. Eight of those arrests were third time or more offenders, including an arrest in December that was the sixth for the man.

Assault calls were at 15, down from 20 in 2011. Burglary reports were at 22, up from 11. Domestic calls were at 20, down from 27.

The CFPD continue to get some scam cases, usually with the victims people who can least afford it. McCormick cautions to be wary of telephone calls asking for insurance information, any claims about lottery prize money and to be careful with on-line chat room "friends," who may be scammers.

The Chief notes the CFPD has begun to enforce new social host laws aimed at limiting underage drinking parties.

Gun permit applications were at 62, up from 51 in 2011. The Chief observed activity picking up in December and into January in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings.

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