Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Greece PD's Weekly Blotter An Eye-Opener

 
Police Dept's web page lists "Calls for Service" and the types of calls made

For the week of 07/05/2010 - 07/11/2010, there were:

Calls for Service = 1,369

Calls for service included, but are not limited to:

Criminal Mischief = 22
Domestic Arrests = 2
Domestic Reports = 39
DWI Arrests = 5
Larceny Reports = 15
Traffic Arrests = 2
 
SCATS ~~ The obvious question is that out of more than 1300 calls, only 85 have been categorized, so what were the preponderance of all of those calls related to? Also, with so many calls made, what made the 7 that details were given for on the web page stand out? I certainly hope this isn't intended to replace the D&C or Greece Post's list of police calls! As bad as they are, this is beyond pathetic! C'mon Chief Todd, you CAN do better! Was this the John Auberger approved report??
 
   

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

The great majority of calls for a local police agency are false alarms from home security systems.

SCATS said...

To 12:49PM ~~ I've heard that's true for the fire dept. If that's the case for the police, then I'd like to see them come out and say so. If there's 1000 calls/week that are false alarms, then I think security alarm owners should get their own police and pay them.

Anonymous said...

12:49 - You want us to think there's that many false alarm calls in Greece???? Show us its true!!!!!

Anonymous said...

With a web page all their own, why doesn't the pd post all of the calls with details so we can know what's really going on? How did they decide on the handful that got posted? I haven't seen pd reports in the D&C in quite awhile. Has our nefarious reporter quit? The Greece Post is doing a pretty good job in their print edition. Why don't they put it online too?

Anonymous said...

Anytime a police officer does anything"official", he (or she)creates a report number for it. Every traffic stop , every building that gets checked on the over night shift, every car that gets unlocked, every barking dog call, every accident and every homicide gets a specific job number.
1.300 calls a week is a typical GPD week. The PD has averaged between 70,000 and 80,000 calls for the past several years.

signed,
Been there, Done that...

Anonymous said...

Would ambulance calls be on there too? The police and firemen show up for ambulance calls. And the police show up for fire calls. And sometimes the police don't have to show up at all since the 911 operator can handle the call on the phone. Maybe the ones that are listed in detail had a crime report written. Does anyone know?
If our police are responding to false alarms on security devices, those homeowners have to pay a fine.

SCATS said...

To 2:15PM ~~ I don't doubt what you say. Having said that, it seems to me that if time is going to be expended writing up a "report" for the PD website then perhaps it would be a good idea to give SOME MEANING to the larger number of calls. Otherwise, people might decide that Carmine's, Bill Gray's or the Family Diner on Ling Rd. were "calling" ;)

SCATS said...

To 3:10PM ~~ I believe you are correct about fines for false alarms regarding security systems. As far as the number of detailed CR's generated, there had to be more than 7 in a week! This IS Greece!

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can get the GPD to keep a count of the arrests made for serving underage drinkers at home parties...

Anonymous said...

To 3:10 Yes, if an officer shows up on an ambulance call that would count as one of the numbers. When Former Chief Rahn took over he eliminated officers going to all ambulance and fire calls and the police numbers droped significantly.

What would probably be of more interest is the logs of 911 calls. That wouldtell you what each number corresponds with, but it would be a very large report.
Hopefully the PD will invest in some meaningful crime mapping software that would let you look at calls in specific areas...

Been there, Done That...

Anonymous said...

To 1:14:

from http://www.popcenter.org/problems/false_alarms/

"In the United States in 2002, police responded to approximately 36 million alarm activations, at an estimated annual cost of $1.8 billion.Most of these activations were burglar alarms."

"The vast majority of alarm calls—between 94 and 98 percent (higher in some jurisdictions)—are false. In other words, alarms’ reliability, which can be measured by these rates of false activations, is generally between 2 and 6 percent. Nationwide, false alarms account for somewhere between 10 and 25 percent of all calls to police. For many U.S. police agencies, false burglar alarms constitute the highest-volume type of call for service. In the United States alone, “solving the problem of false alarms would, by itself, relieve 35,000 officers from providing an essentially private service.”"

SCATS said...

To 8:30AM & 9:35AM ~~ I appreciate the info. It does shed some light on the issue. However, I'd still like to hear the "official" explanation from GPD about what the numbers mean. If they are going to spend any time posting stats like this, then they should tell us how they spent MOST of their week.

SCATS said...

To the author of the snarky/sniper comments ~~ You really need to get your own BLOG (again?) so you can rant about all of the people and issues you have. I'm not posting your crapple any more, sorry.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to build a wall along the city border, or better yet a body of water, and watch the calls drop by 80% or more. And before anyone trys to cry foul over what I said, these are actual numbers that our police (off the record) claim to be true.