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Chief Bacon releases 2017 FPD statistics

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon released the departments 2017 statistics Monday. According to the report, distributed via Nixle, officers provided 13,093 police services last year, 228 fewer than logged in 2016.

Bacon released the information as part of FPD’s community information initiative, according to the release.

Based on the data culled from the FPD’s Uniform Crime Report statistics, last year there were 6 percent fewer reported crimes in Frankfort overall when compared with 2016.

Reported burglaries fell by 25 percent; larceny/theft calls remained the same; and there were 10 percent fewer assaults than in 2016, said Bacon. In 2017 officers also responded to two more rapes than they did the prior year.

Bacon attributed the overall decrease in the number of crimes tallied in the UCR to the work of his officers in arresting suspects and being more visible and to the FPD’s community policing approach that promotes visibility and increased interaction with community members.

The FPD report also substantiated the opioid and heroin problems plaguing Frankfort and Clinton County.

Adult drug violation arrests spiked by 33 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, Bacon said, crediting officers’ and detectives’ aggressive enforcement efforts and community information for the higher arrest rate. 

“We have continued to take an aggressive approach in the fight against drugs in our community. Patrol officers are better trained and have embraced an aggressive approached to drug enforcement. Narcotics detectives are more active than ever. Credit also goes to the community who has supplied us with numerous tips.” Bacon said in the prepared statement.

The department also increased traffic stops, traffic and city ordinance warnings and citations in 2017. Frankfort Police conducted 4,355 traffic stops in 2017, a 40 percent increase over 2016. FPD officers also issued 1,441 traffic and city ordinance violation warnings (a 6 percent year-over-year uptick) and 1,082 traffic and city ordinance citations (up 5 percent).