Each year the Police Chief puts together an annual report of Kent Police activities for the past year. He gathers the data, compares the numbers and reports trends.
Here’s what the Chief had to say in summary for 2006:
“The City of Kent experienced a slight decrease in the number of major criminal offenses reported in 2006. There was a significant drop in Auto Theft (-51%), Rape (-31%), Arson (-29%),and Burglary (-10%).”
So the burglary spree reported in the paper was an isolated incident that I consider one of those times when “bad things happen to good places” rather than a big picture trend.
Here’s a look at some more of the Chief’s data for 2006.
Number of Calls Received in 2006: 19,500
Average 10 calls per officer per shift
Top 5 Types of Calls
- Traffic Violations
- Suspicious Situation
- Disorderly Conduct
- Unlawful Noise
Number of Arrests in 2006: 2,973
Adult Arrests: 2,744 (92%)
Juvenile Arrests: 299 (8%)
1 Arrest for Every 15 Calls Received
The numbers tell the story of a very busy, and frankly exceptionally good Police force. Every community is at risk for criminal activity, but as the numbers tell, your Kent Police force walks the line between harm and safety for all of us in Kent every day — and they do their job very well.