DPD releases 2013 year-end report

Published 5:06 pm Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese released the department’s year-end report Wednesday, and while some crimes from 2012 to 2013 were higher and some were lower, there were few drastic differences.

Some of the notable statistics are as follows:

•28 arrests for possession of a controlled substance in 2013 compared to 22 in 2012

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•24 arrests for first-degree possession of marijuana compared to just 15 in 2012

•No arrests for possession of synthetic drugs, whereas they made three in 2012

•Distribution of a controlled substance arrests were down significantly from 47 to 11 from 2012 to 2013

•Two arrests for trafficking cocaine, compared to none last year

•Forgery arrests were up from 13 to 31

•Burglary arrests were up from 11 to 14

•Possession of a forged instrument arrests were up from 17 to 26

•Unlawful breaking and entering arrests were down from 29 to four

The biggest change in misdemeanor violations came in from negotiating with a non-negotiable instrument. Those violations were down from 130 in 2012 to 63 in 2013.

•DUI arrests were down from 120 in 2012 to 56 in 2013

•No proof of insurance violations were down from 255 in 2012 to only 97 in 2013

•Speeding violations were down from 214 to 184

•Driving with an expired tag violations were up from 115 to 146

Reese said the patrol division, which is comprised of 16 sworn officers, made 662 arrests, responded to 974 incidents, wrote 1,208 citations and responded to 6,199 complaints.

Each officer in DPD received 40 hours of training, which exceeds the requirement for the minimum standards, according to Reese.

Reese also recognized William Paul Foster as DPD’s Officer of the Year.

“Officer Foster was presented this award after being selected by his peers because he consistently puts forth exemplary work in furtherance of the police department’s mission,” Reese.

Foster is assigned as an evidence technician in the department.

Reese said the department reestablished the following priorities in 2013:

•Emphasis on public communication

•Deployment procedures on assigned patrol zones

•School Resource Officer for Demopolis City Schools

•Community partners with the Citizen’s Police Academy

•Professionally prevent and resolve safety, crime and quality-of-life issues in Demopolis

•Received input from residents and business owners in identifying problems

•Conduct their operations in a fair and consistent manner in line with modern police practices

To end the report, Reese outlined four goals for the department in 2014, which are as follows:

•Reduce crime and fear of crime

•Maintain community awareness and communication

•Increase police-community involvement

•Reduce injury-related accidents by patrolling and increasing enforcement