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Gloversville Police Chief delivers statistical report

Fourth quarter report shows increased activity

GLOVERSVILLE — Police Chief Marc Porter delivered the department’s 2018 fourth quarter statistical report to the Common Council on Thursday that showed increases in police activity in most areas over the same period in 2017.

The report covering the fourth quarter of 2018 from October through December showed 6,200 calls for service, a 35 percent increase over the 4,572 calls over the same months in 2017. Total arrests came in at 455 for the period, a 16 percent increase over the previous year’s 390.

The most reported calls for service were for domestic incidents with 267 calls, disorderly conduct with 258 and to assist a person with 253.

Traffic stops for the quarter totalled 1,047, a 109 percent increase over the 500 stops conducted during the same period in 2017; traffic tickets totalled 484, a 48 percent increase over the 420 issued in 2017; parking tickets issued totaled 712, a 131 percent increase from the 307 issued in 2017; and premises, property and school safety checks totalled 2,135, a 65 percent increase over the 1,289 checks conducted in 2017.

Only the number of traffic accidents investigated experienced a slight decrease in 2018 by 7.5 percent at 111, down from the 120 accidents investigated during the fourth quarter of 2017.

The final quarter of 2018 continued to follow the trend observed throughout the year that saw overall police activity in the city increase over the statistics reported in 2017, something Porter has attributed to increased enforcement achieved through an expanded police presence with additional officers the city provided for in the budget.

“A year or so ago we added extra staff to our department, we talked about how we were going to measure the performance and this is one of many ways that we can do that, I think we’re seeing a lot of positive strides in that respect,” Porter said.

The sizable increases in activity for the fourth quarter of 2018 impressed 2nd Ward Councilman Arthur Simonds who lauded the efforts of city police.

“I was quite surprised with the increase in the amount of activity that you folks are doing and I commend you on the job that you’re doing,” Simonds said. “It’s just amazing.”

“It’s a credit to the people that we have working for us,” Porter said. “I get the credit here at the meeting, but there’s a lot of people that are making it happen.”

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