Number of police calls on the rise

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 1/21/97.

The Paynesville Police Department noticed an increase in calls from the public last year. The police department made 6,550 total contacts within the city of Paynesville in 1996 compared to 5,585 the previous year.

The police department defines contacts as accident reports, traffic arrests, equipment violations, warning and parking tickets, aids, complaints, burglary, thefts, assault, child abuse reports, domestic abuse reports, bad checks, and crime prevention programs.

The area receiving the most calls was warning tickets. This year they issued 487 warning tickets compared to 323 the previous year.

In the township, the city made 1,460 total contacts in 1995. With their year not up until March, Police Chief Bill Drager feels at 1,206 calls this year, they will exceed last yearís totals.

City of Paynesville activity report
Incident: 1995 - 1996
Accidents: 46 - 63
Traffic arrests: 111 - 120
Equipment tickets: 7 - 4
Warning tickets: 323 - 487
Parking tickets: 34 - 58
Other arrests: 61 - 49
Complaints: 198 - 318
Burglary: 11 - 6
Aids: 107 - 136
Theft: 53 - 56
Assault: 4 - 20
Child abuse: 5 - 1
Domestic: 7 - 16
Bad checks: 146 - 118
Crime prevention: 22 - 29

Paynesville Township activity report
Incident: 1995 - 1996
Accidents: 20 - 20
Traffic arrests: 122 - 98
Equipment tickets: 3 - 0
Warning tickets: 124 - 152
Parking tickets: 0 - 0
Other arrests: 41 - 19
Complaints: 119 - 114
Burglary: 19 - 1
Aids: 29 - 27
Theft: 34 - 22
Assault: 3 - 7
Child abuse: 0 - 0
Domestic: 4 - 1
Bad checks: 52 - 23
Crime prevention: 6 - 2
(The 1996 report is for only nine months as the township year doesnít end until March 14, 1997.)

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