Fayette Chief of Police Jason Simon looked back over the past six years in a report presented to the village council Jan. 24.
Simon reported a 38.5 percent increase in calls to the department since 2005, but he sees little change in the incidence of major crime.
“With everything considered, I do not worry about the increase in the calls,” he said. “Looking across the six-year span, the number of thefts, burglaries, rapes and assaults have remained within 10 calls either way.”
The increase is attributed mostly to “general calls,” he said.
“These are the calls that demand a speedy response,” Simon said, “the calls that are just plain aggravating to our residents.”
Simon said the assignment of officers on duty has changed over the years. In 2005, the village used two full-time officers, eight part-time officers and two non-sworn officers.
In 2009 the number decreased from 12 to five, saving enough money to add a third full-time officer.
“With three full-time officers, the department’s day-to-day operations run smoother,” Simon said. “It brings better interaction with the courts and outside agencies.”
The same coverage is provided, he said, but more is done with fewer people.
Aside from general calls, ordinance violations kept the Fayette department busy during 2010, with 230 logged among the total number of 1,284.
Open door reports were next at 78, followed by thefts at 64, complaints about animals at 62 and complaints about juveniles at 60.
Other year-end totals include domestic situations, 30; vandalism, 33; harassment, 41; assaults, 10; recovered property, 37; burglaries, seven; checks on well-being, 11; explosives, six; disturbing the peace, 47; narcotics, eight; trespassing, 14; sex offenses, four; civil matters, 46; deaths, three; suspicious situations, 29; alcohol-related incidents, 17; alarms, 22 and arson reports, five.
There were 420 reports logged as “general.”