Numbers show Warren police busier than ever
Warren police made more arrests than ever last year, charging nearly 600 men and women with crimes ranging from arson to DUI to drug possession and assault.
The 585 arrests officers made in 2012 represents a nearly 25 percent jump in arrests from 2011, the highest percentage jump over the past seven years. It, and dozens of other statistics on crime in Warren, are contained in a yearly crime report given to the Warren Town Council Monday by Warren Police Chief Peter Achilli (Click here for the 2012 WPD Crime Report).
"We need to proactively patrol neighborhoods, increase public awareness and education, as well as encourage neighborhood watch programs," the police chief wrote in his four-page report.
Though arrests stood at 585 for the year, other numbers are just as revealing, the chief said.
Warren's crime index, a composition of particular criminal offenses which gauge the overall volume and rate of crime, stayed about the same from last year. Despite police efforts to reduce that index, the chief said, the number has remained high (313 this past year vs. 2011). The index rose mostly due to an increase in the number of break-ins, while larcenies, sexual assaults and aggravated assault crimes all decreased. Chief Achilli said the increase in property crimes such as burglaries and robberies might have had something to do with the poor economy.
When officers weren't making arrests, they were going on calls — lots of them. Over the course of the year, dispatchers logged more than 27,950 calls for service, an average of one every 21 minutes. Officers patrolled a collective 128,556 miles of road, 5,000 less than 2011, and drove an average of 14 miles per hour every day of the year.
Overall, Warren saw 475 accidents last year, slightly down from 491 in 2011, and issued 1,953 traffic citations — 644 for speeding. That was a bright spot, the chief noted, as in 2011 779 people were cited.
Unfortunately, he noted, a Barrington woman died last year on Schoolhouse Road, the only traffic fatality in Warren last year.
Warren Polcie Chief Peter Achilli on Monday released a study of crime, accidents and overall police activity Warren in 2012. See www.warrenri.for the full report; here are some highlights:
* Officers arrested 585 people over the course of the year, up 23 percent from 2011.
* At 55, drug arrests were at a three-year low, down from 69 in 2011 and 71 in 2010.
* Disorderly conduct charges plummeted, from 145 in 2010 to 132 in 2011 to 62 last year.
* Officers were called to the scene of 424 accidents, one of them fatal. That's a seven-year low, and is down 16 from 2011. Apart from the lone fatality, 83 people were reported injured in accidents.
* Also plummeting were parking tickets. Police issued 590 of them, down 550 from the previous year (1,140). Traffic violations were about the same as last year, though, with 1,950.
* Police averaged nearly 77 calls for service per day.
* Metacom Avenue continues to be the site of the most accidents in town. Descending in order from there were Main Street, Child Street and Market Street.
* Speeding was the most common citation issued. Over the course of the year 644 people were cited for speeding. In second place for citations were drivers with inspection violations (483).
* Officers drove a collective 128,556 over the course of the year. The Department was staffed with 22 full-time officers, including the police chief.