by Stephanie Eaton
During 2013, deputies with the Platte County Sheriff's Department found themselves busier than they were in 2012.
Among the most interesting of the year-end statistics released this week is that jail bookings increased by 2.6% in 2013 compared to 2012.
According to the report released by the department, the sheriff’s department saw an increase in the number of arrests, jail bookings, number of calls received, traffic stops completed, and other crime statistics.
However, sheriff officials said the increase in reports is a good thing because deputies have stepped up their efforts in helping keep the community safe.
This week, Platte County Sheriff Dept. Sgt. Jerin Almond released a report concerning listing final crime statistics for the year 2013.
“The number of arrests and jail bookings increased from 2012 to 2013, along with civil papers served, traffic stops, and patrol reports,” Almond said.
According to the report, deputies responded to 7,543 calls during 2013. In 2012, the number of calls responded by a deputy was at 7,512, so that number increased by only 31 calls in the past year.
The department received 19,229 calls to 911 and 81,345 non-911 calls during 2013.
During 2013, 1,257 arrests were made. The amount of arrests made in 2013 was about a 20% increase from the previous year, as 1,032 arrests were made during 2012.
The department reported 3,625 jail bookings during 2013. During 2012, 3,533 jail bookings were reported. The increase in jail bookings from 2012 to 2013 is at 2.6%.
Also during 2013, deputies served 548 civil papers, made 9,309 traffic stops and said 3,236 patrol reports were taken. This was an increase compared to the statistics taken during 2012.
Other areas where deputies saw an increase included follow-ups of reports by investigators, special patrol requests completed, special assignments completed, area checks and vacation checks.
Almond said he credits the increase in arrests, jail bookings and checks to deputies trying to take a proactive approach in their effort to combat crime in the area.
He said deputies have increased their efforts to become more visible and stepped up their efforts in DWI enforcement.
During 2013, deputies also saw a decrease in the amount of times they had to assist outside agencies and the follow up of reports by patrol deputies.
According to the report, deputies also have seen a decrease in the reports of officer backup provided. During 2013, 2,791 reports of officer backup were taken. In 2012, 2,889 reports were taken.
Almond said he believes the deputies efforts in being more visible have paid off and the department has also seen a decrease in the amount of reports of stealing and burglaries.