Police chief says crime stats up

Kenosha-Police-Dept-Badge-Logo-webAt this morning’s Police and Fire Commission meeting, Police Chief John Morrissey talked about the 2o12 crime statistics.  He provided some unaudited numbers.  There were 111,177 calls for service last year, compared to 107,114 in 2011.  Arrests were up slightly, from 10,592 in 2011, to 10,662 in 2012.  Traffic citations went from 15,873 in 2011, to 17,387 in 2012.

The Community Service Officer (CSO) program, a new program in 2012, had no 2011 statistics for comparison.  The CSO calls for service totaled 6,706.  CSO court citations were 309, and CSO trap calls totaled 809.

As can be seen, there were increases in all major categories.  The major increase in calls for service were from officer-initiated calls and traffic stops.  The CSO total calls for service do not include parking citations, but does include the 809 trap calls.  The 309 citations issued by the CSO’s are for animal violations.  Morrissey said that he does not have numbers from the contracted animal control service previously used, but it was less than 10 per year.

Crime numbers will more than likely be shared at next month’s meeting.

Another meeting will be required before February 1st, Morrissey said, because there are three detectives who will be starting work on January 29th.  Morrissey also said that he would be making temporary job offers to five more police officers, which will then bring him to his full staff of 199.  None of these are required to attend the police academy.  These five will have a start date of April 1st.

Morrissey said that he is five short now.  He has eleven in the Field Training Program.  The Field Training Officers (FTO’s) are busy.  Four of the five should be ready to go solo at the end of February, which will help with manpower.

The detective division is the only division which will be at full staff.

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Morrissey also talked about the retirement of police detective Debbie Zastrow on December 29, 2012.   He said that she served for a lot of years.  She also ran the Explorer Program and did a great job.  There are 34 in the program now.  She has stated to Morrissey that she will remain with the program, even after retirement.  She is going to be working on the program on her own time, making a personal commitment.

The Kenosha Police Department Explorer Program

The Kenosha Police Department Explorer Post #509 invites anyone between the ages of 14 and 20 who is interested in law enforcement to come and learn more about the program.  The Explorers are representatives of the Kenosha Police Department and must conduct their private and professional lives in such a manner as to avoid adverse reflection on the program and/or the Kenosha Police Department.

Upon acceptance into the Explorer Program, new members are placed on probation for a period not to exceed three months. During this period, the Explorer must actively participate in all Explorer meetings and activities. Failure to participate will result in their removal from the program. They must also maintain good grades in school, have no involvement in criminal activity, and sustain a good driving record to remain in the program.

For more information on this program, call (262) 605-5285, or visit their Facebook page:  Kenosha Police Explorer Post 509.

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Kenosha Fire Department LogoFire Department Chief John Thomsen also talked briefly about his end of year statistics.  For 2012, the numbers are up.  He also stated that he hopes that the record-setting pace for January doesn’t continue.  “We like to see low numbers, not high,” he said.  “We are doing what we can to reduce, but it is what it is.”

He stated that he has nine new fire fighters.  He currently has eight vacancies.  He will be offering nine positions.  He anticipates with 100% certainty that there will be a fire lieutenant retiring in June.  The Human Resources Department has given him the authorization to pre-hire a candidate.  If not, he will carry the vacancy.  Plus, he said that he also anticipates two more retirements.  He will have one recruit left in the spring.

Commissioner Helen Schumacher asked if the fire fighters’ training is done at Gateway.  Thomsen replied that it is not.  “We do our own training.  It runs eight to twelve weeks, 40 hours a week, or more.  It’s non-stop training.”

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