Police answer a ‘manageable’ 899 calls in November

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

After peaking at almost 1,400 in June, the number of calls answered by West Point Police remains at a more manageable number, according to Chief Avery Cook’s monthly report to city leaders.

Officers responded to 899 calls last month, down from 996 in October and 943 in September. It was the lowest number in six months.

Weather and school being in session are among the reasons often cited for the declines, but those numbers also usually spike again during the holiday season.

The November numbers contained no real surprises with animal calls, disturbances, alarms and traffic stops among the biggest categories.

Police responded to 68 alarms, 52 animal calls, and 68 disturbance made 215 traffic stops handled 51 suspicious person calls and 37 suspicious vehicle calls, completed 59 house or building checks, and worked 50 traffic accidents with 12 involving injuries and one fatality. The fatality was a pedestrian hit on Highway 45 Alternate on Nov. 23.

Other smaller, but more dangerous calls, included 10 reckless drivers, seven shots fired, 10 thefts, eight telephone harassment sand six shoplifting.

The department took reports on three home burglaries.

Of the tickets written in November, 13 were for no insurance, seven were for running a stop sign and six were for running a red light, seven were seat belt violations, nine were for driver’s license violations, three were for curfew violations and two were for violations of the city’s vicious dog ordinance.

Officers have been focusing on both curfew and animal violations both because of complaints and also as a way to reduce calls proactively.

Arrests last month included seven for simple assault, for for trespassing, four for disturbing the peace, three for domestic violence, and three for malicious mischief.

The Fire Department answered 25 calls in November, including a building fire, two cooking fires and a vehicle fire.

Firefighters answered 13 emergency medical and rescue calls, seven of which were for medical assistance. They also had four false alarms.