Criminal activity down for 2009

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By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

While it will never completely go away, criminal activity in Conrad took a dip last year.

Chief of Police Gary Dent released the numbers of the year-end officer activity report for 2009.

The number of calls for service for 2009 went down to 2,207 while the year before, 2008, the department logged in 2,444.

The number of formal complaints also took a tumble, going down to 242 for last year while in 2008 there were 286.

Local officers gave out 333 warnings which were up by seven over the last year. The number of total arrests went down to 416 while in 2008 there were 464 arrests made.

The Police Department, on the average, cleared 73 percent of complaints and did 1,058 residential security checks.

They investigated 31 major accidents and the primary police vehicle logged in 37,653 miles.

This past year, there were 60 domestic incidents. This number has dropped for two years running, 63 in 2009 and 68 in 2008.

Over the course of the year there were a total of 416 arrests, 21 for felonies, 176 misdemeanors and 219 traffic citations.

In 2008 there were 464 total arrests. The felony number stayed the same, 21, however there were 207 misdemeanors and 236 traffic arrests.
All traffic citations and most misdemeanor arrests are processed through the city court judge.

Misdemeanor arrests for those under the age of 15 are referred to the juvenile probation officer rather than the judge and felony arrests are referred to district court.

The Police Department is manned by Chief Dent, Patrolman III Jason Korst, Patrolmen II, Logan Martin and Andre Harris and Patrolman I Scott Holbrook, the newest addition to the police force.

There are three part-time Patrolmen I officers and they are Joe Leggett, Travis Alexander and Jered Milligan.

Conrad  police officers are involved with a number of crime prevention programs and community service activity.

Each spring, officers do a bike safety check, there is the traffic safety reward program, DARE (K-8), Halloween safety, Red Ribbon festivities and home and business security checks.

They also offer a vehicle lockout service, child-find fingerprinting and ID program, the safe-house program. Stanger danger, the school safety program and they run the T.I.P. line (Turn in a Pusher).

Officers are also available to speak at groups or civic organizations on a variety of crime prevention topics.

For more information or you would like to have an officer talk to your group, contact Chief Dent through the city police number at 271-5723.