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WCPD releases Dec. monthly report

Police to issue reports monthly instead of annually in effort to increase transparency

January 30, 2013
Jim Krajewski (lifestyles@freemanjournal.net) , The Daily Freeman Journal

The Webster City Police Department released a monthly report for December of 2012. The department is releasing numbers for many police activities in an effort to increase transparency, according to police chief Brian Hughes. Previously, the department released reports annually.

He said the numbers show how much work the department deals with. Year to date, there have been 18,169 calls for service. Hughes said that number translates into about 38 calls per officer at the department, of which there are currently 10 officers, per average work week. That's about one call per hour for each officer.

"Some of those calls can be cleared in minutes, some might take hours. That's also on top of investigations, vacation home watches, vehicle patrols and school foot patrols. These numbers show that our officers are keeping busy," Hughes said.

The 60 parking tickets issued in December, with 217 on record from year to date, were all issued during the emergency snow day, according to Hughes.

Fact Box

By the numbers for December 2012

Webster City Police Department

Calls for Service - 1,244; Year to date 18,169

Telephone Calls Processed - 1,682; Year to date 19,816

Incident Reports Filed - 53; Year to date - 823

Offenses (Actual Charged Offenses) - 21; Year to date - 471

Arrests (Persons) - 18; Year to date - 365

911 Telephone Calls - 19; Year to date - 421

Traffic Accidents - 23; Year to date - 165

Traffic Citations - 23; Year to date - 248

Parking Tickets - 60; Year to date - 217

Unlocks (Vehicles Only) - 22; Year to date - 176

 
 

 

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