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FPD releases crime statistics

Times staff - news@ftimes.com

As part of the Frankfort Police Department’s ongoing communications, Police Chief Troy Bacon released 2018 statistics showing officers responded to 12,175 calls for services last year, a decrease of 918 from 2017.

Geographically, the northwest area of the city had the highest number of calls and services provided with 3,503 calls while the fewest calls and services provided were in the southwest portion of the community with 2,102.

According to the department’s Uniform Crime Report statistics, in 2018, there was a 17 percent decrease in overall reported crimes in the city when compared with 2017. There was a 33 percent decrease in burglary, 45 percent decrease in assaults while thefts stayed relatively the same.

“Once again we saw decreases in crime in the City of Frankfort,” Bacon said. “I attribute this success to the men and women of the Frankfort Police Department and their relentless dedicated pursuit of justice and tremendous compassion and care for the community we serve. I would also be remiss to not credit the outstanding cooperation and support from the community. Without a supportive and cooperative community crime solving, prevention and reduction would be challenging.”

Overall, adult drug violation arrests saw another spike when compared with 2017. In 2018, there was a 36 percent increase in overall drug violation arrests in the city. There also was a 43 percent increase in DUI arrests. Overall drug overdoses in 2018 decreased by 47 percent.

“A lower call volume allows officers to focus on more serious crimes that affect the quality of life for residents, thus resulting in more drug and DUI arrests,” Bacon said. “We are also fortunate to receive federal funding through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to fund our Frankfort Police Traffic Partnership program that directs dedicated specific traffic enforcement details to locate dangerous and impaired drivers.”

The department also increased traffic stops, traffic citations and city ordinance citations in 2018. Frankfort Police conducted 5,606 traffic stops in 2018, a 29 percent increase over 2017. Police officers issued 1,293 traffic and city ordinance violation warnings (10 percent decrease) and 1,160 traffic and city ordinance citations (7 percent increase).