The Dryden Police Service has been keeping busy. The final year-end police statistics from 2017 have been released, which show notable increases and decreases across the board.
Break and enters in residences have increased from 43 in 2016, to 65 in 2017. However, break and enters into businesses have dropped from 12 in 2016, to 5 in 2017. Mischief charges were a bit higher in 2017 with 125 incidents. In 2016, there were 91 incidents.
Domestic assaults, threats and harassment incidents also saw a notable increase. In 2016 there were 42 incidents. In 2017, there were 74. Domestic incidents saw a large drop. In 2017 there were only 24 incidents, down from 69 in 2016.
Drug charges saw an increase in 2017, although the value of the drugs seized was lower than in 2016. In 2016, the DPS saw 46 drug-related incidents – seizing $22,230 worth of drugs and money. In 2017, officers saw 58 incidents, but the value of the drugs and money seized was estimated at $13,395.
Traffic-related incidents saw a major decrease this past year. In 2016, officers responded to 599 incidents. In 2017, there were only 316 incidents. Officers did lay many more parking infraction tickets in 2017, with 288. Officers only handed out 128 in 2016. The DPS noted that the increase was mostly due to the service hiring a By-Law Enforcement Officer.
Trouble with youth, probation and bail violations, false alarms and by-law infractions also saw a notable decrease in 2017, compared to 2016. Overall, the service responded to 8120 calls for service in 2017. In 2016, officers responded to 7578 calls.
The Board of Directors have called for increased foot patrols in the area in 2018, as the number of hours on the streets dropped 97 hours in 2017.
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