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Police calls decrease for city

GLOVERSVILLE — Police Chief Marc Porter on Tuesday delivered the department’s statistical report for the third quarter of the year to the Common Council that showed decreased police activity in calls for service, arrests and traffic stops and tickets from the same period in 2018 when activity had largely increased from the previous year.

The statistical report covering the third quarter of this year from July through September showed 5,065 calls for service, a 23 percent decrease from the 5,776 calls during the same months in 2018. Total arrests came in at 368 for the period, a 23 percent decrease from the previous year’s 480 over the third quarter.

Declines in calls for service in both the second and third quarters of the year show a leveling off from the increases the police department experienced from 2017 to 2018. During the third quarter of 2018 calls for service grew by 12 percent from 5,147 and arrests grew by 22 percent up from 392 over the same period in 2017.

The most reported calls for service during the third quarter of this year were for disorderly conduct with 383 calls, domestic incidents with 306 and to assist a person with 281. The most reported calls for service during the third quarter of 2018 were for disorderly conduct with 357, domestic incidents with 303 and to assist a person with 278.

Also falling during the third quarter of the current year were traffic stops with a total of 502, a 38 percent decrease from the 816 stops conducted during the same period in 2018; traffic tickets with a total of 321, a 22 percent decrease from 2018’s 413; and premises, property and school safety checks with 1,175, an 18 percent decrease from 2018’s 1,448.

Each of these areas saw increased activity from 2017 to 2018 when traffic stops rose by 80 percent from 452, traffic tickets rose by 7 percent from 385 and premises, property and school safety checks rose by 22 percent from 1,186 over the third quarter of 2017.

Areas that saw increased activity during the third quarter of the year included parking tickets issued at 159, a 74 percent increase from the 91 issued over the same period of 2018 and traffic accidents investigated with 111, an 18 percent decrease over last year’s 94 for the same period. Parking tickets issued over the third period of 2018 experienced a 33 percent decline from the 136 and traffic accidents investigated increased by 4 percent from 90 in 2017.

Porter previously pointed to unannounced crime prevention initiatives carried out by multiple law enforcement agencies in the city on several occasions in 2018 and the current year and proactive policing through increased staffing following approval for the department to add officers in 2017 who underwent training before assuming active duty in 2018 as possible explanations for the big increases in police activity from each quarter of 2017 to 2018 that may have acted as deterrents causing activity to level off coming into 2019.

While Porter said that the city will continue to work with outside agencies on stepped up enforcement initiatives as those resources are made available, the chief informed the council that the police department plans to undertake unannounced prevention operations on its own later this year in areas of the city that the department has received tips on.

“We are also going to be focusing our efforts in some of these problem neighborhoods that we receive tips on so rather than just doing a multi-agency, we’re going to take a look at some of these from an internal perspective,” Porter said. “We’re going to try to make a difference on our own as well and not have to rely on outside agencies.”

Additionally, Porter said police are currently working with the city electrician and an outside vendor to have surveillance cameras installed on North Main Street, Fifth Avenue and 11th Avenue with grant funding obtained through the Fulton County Office of Emergency Management.

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