LYONS POLICE DEPARTMENT 2012
Prepared and submitted by:
Richard J. Bogan, Chief of Police
General Order 1-2-2011
The mission of the Lyons Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the Village of Lyons.
Dear Mayor Kleisle,
Members of the Village Board of Trustees
Residents of The Village of Lyons:
I am pleased to present the Annual Report of the Lyons Police Department for 2012. This report has been prepared to provide an overview of the activity of the Department for the past year for your information and consideration.
In 2012, the Lyons Police Department worked at increasing quality of life, especially peace and order in the Village by heightening police presence and visibility. The application of various sections of the NYS Penal Law and sections of the Village Code has helped persons who may not believe in good manners to conduct themselves in a more acceptable manner. Our officers have discouraged loud and obscene language and tumultuous behavior in public places. We continue partnering with other Law Enforcement agencies for special services and training, maximizing our ability to provide public safety services. We work with local resources such as Fire, Emergency Medical, Code Enforcement and Animal Control to help deliver a continuity of services to the community.
An issue facing the Police Department and its’ officers this year was dissolution. Dissolution was on the ballot in the November election and successfully passed. This has been, and, as we begin a new year, continues as a cloud over the heads of our officers. Hopefully the status of the Department and the careers of our officers will be defined in the foreseeable future. In spite of uncertainty, our officers continue to provide police services with a high degree of dedication and professionalism as evidenced in the body of this report.
Richard J. Bogan
Richard J. Bogan
Chief of Police
Chief of Police
Sgt. Steven Brendlinger
Sgt. Jeremiah Dresser
Ofc. Kevin Costello
Ofc. Eric Minisce
Ofc. Peter J. Mastracy (transfer to Canandaigua 5/12/2012)
Ofc. Christopher Reynolds (transfer to Geneva 9/02/2012)
Ofc. Jeffrey Shields
Ofc Joshua Weddell
P/T Ofc. Phil Bustos
P/T. Ofc. John Flock
P/T Ofc. Brian Ritchie
P/T Ofc. Anthony Bartucca
P/T Ofc Blake Hunt (appointed 9/10/2012)
Police Clerk Helen Weimer
Parking Enforcement Officer Denise Eaton
The dedication to duty, integrity, pride and professionalism that these men and women exhibit has made the Lyons Police Department the successful and efficient law enforcement agency that it is today.
YEAR 2012 2011 2010
Total Calls for Service 5711 down 2% 5852 down 13% 6679
Criminal Complaints: 588 down 5% 619 down 16.65% 741
Criminal Arrests: 290 down 4% 301 down 12.75% 345
Drug Arrests: 23 19 down 62.74% 51
Warrant Arrests : 176 up 22% 144 up 27.43% 113
Vehicle and Traffic : 456 down 34% 690 down 29.94% 985
DWI Arrests: 4 20 34
Quality of Life Arrests:
Disorderly Conduct: 42 24
Open Container: 1 1
Loitering: 0 0
Unreasonable Noise: 3 2
Littering: 0 0
Animal Complaints: 84 81 97
Domestic Violence Complaints: 215 down 8% 233 up 23.93% 188
Motor Vehicle Accidents : 110 125 126
Parking Tickets Issued: 855 967 up 89.24% 511
Fines Collected: $22,905 $20,509 $9765
Surcharge Collected: $ 210 $60
Fines Uncollected: $6715 $6590 $1319
Misc. Fees Collected: $ 41 $672 $ 60
MVA Report Copies: $ 71 $135 $ 221
Officer Injuries 2 1 4
Personnel Complaints 0 0 5
Richard J. Bogan
Richard J. Bogan,
Chief of Police
Page 5 is a listing of reportable activity, comparing those totals, 2012 to 2011 and again reviewing the changes from 2010. Changes from 2010 to 2011 were somewhat affected by a reduction in staffing. Staffing remained relatively consistent from 2011 through 2012. Although some of the hours were reallocated from full to part time officers, essentially the same numbers of officers were on duty at any giving time in 2012 as was on duty at that time in 2011.
Calls for service remained almost consistent, down by only 2%. Warrant arrests and traffic tickets use a complaint (job) number for documentation. Subtracting those numbers from the total represents the actual number of times in the year that some citizen felt the need to pick up the phone and call for a police officer. Citizens needed a police officer 5581 in 2012, 5018 in 2011 and 5079 in 2012. This three year documentation is significant in that it show a citizen requesting the services of a police officer in the Village of Lyons, over 5000 times a year. The reduction of the number of officers from 2010 to 2011 showed an increase in the workload of those officers of approximately 39% more calls per officer. That work load remained constant into 2012.
Criminal complaints dropped by 5%, a slight, although almost insignificant amount. The number of arrests also dropped a slight amount, 4%. The clearance rate remains at just slightly over 50% for the third year. The number of warrant arrests again rose, about 22%. Again, this is a representation of my preference to arrest with a court issued warrant rather than with-out a warrant when possible.
Vehicle and traffic tickets are down from 690 in 2011 to 456 in 2012, a drop of 34%. I do not see this as decrease in enforcement as much as an increase in deterrence. Officers have been reallocated during patrol with a directive to maintain visibility. The police vehicles, large SUV Tahoes and selective enforcement details with officers wearing high visibility clothing, encouraged drivers to comply with traffic regulations. The number of motor vehicle accidents in the Village dropped 20%, from 125 to 100. Traffic safety remains a priority in the Village.
Just as a visible presence encourages compliance with vehicle and traffic laws, high visibility patrol encourages peace and order. The increase in disorderly conduct arrests reflects our mandatory arrest policy at fighting in public complaints. It is our goal to make our citizens feel safe in the Village, in their homes and as they are about in public. The quote from the late Chief Justice Warren Burger is a testament to the presence of the dedicated officers of our department. Often, the fear of crime or the perception of an unsafe community, can be more detrimental then the actual occurrence of crime. The presence and visibility of the Village of Lyons Police Department has served to increase the enjoyment of the community by its’ citizens.
Index crimes or serious crimes, are reported annually to the FBI for statistical analysis. Based on these reports, the State and Federal governments make crime rate and crime indexes available to the public. Just like poverty rates, and graduation rates based on government statistics, the crime index, that being the number of serious or “index crimes” per capita or per population, can be an indication of the desirability of a community for a business or housing location.
2012 Index Crimes 2011 Index Crimes 2010 Index Crimes
Violent crime………… 14 21…………………………….. 24
Murder……………… 0 0…………………………….. 0
Forcible Rape……… 0 3…………………………….. 1
Robbery…………… 0 4…………… ……………. 4
Aggravated Assault… 13 14 …………… …………… 24
Property Crime……… 153 112 …………………………. 151
Burglary …………… 30 37…………………………. 36
Larceny…………… 121 91…………………………. 112
MV Theft…………… 2 0…………………………. 3
TOTAL… 167 133 …… ……. 175
The crime rate in the community is projected based on per 1,000,000 population. An index number is assigned and compared to other communities. This per capita crime index can be compared to previous years to see crime levels.
Year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Index 388.4 348.9 407.1 373.0 418.0 392.0 593.3 501.9 490.06 377.0
Based on this comparison, the Crime Index in the Village of Lyons is up from 2011, which was the lowest level in 10 years. This is attributed to a substantial rise in property larceny. All other index crimes are down. Some of this may be the current policy of the Department to encourage reporting and documentation of all instances of theft. The more documentation of instances of any crime helps establish a pattern. That pattern may increase solvability and clearance by arrest.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program continues to be a success in the Lyons Central School District. Part Time Officer John Flock logged more than sixty hours instructing over 100 fifth-graders at the Lyons Elementary School in making healthy choices to avoid drugs. Thanks to the Lyons Village Board, the Lyons Town Board, the Lyons Central School District Board of Education, and the private donors for their continued financial support of this important program.
In accordance with New York State accreditation standards and the Lyons Police Department General Orders, personnel complaints are investigated by the Office of the Chief of Police. The department has an open door to these complaints, to insure that the public’s trust in the Police is not lost. In 2012, as in 2011, no personnel complaints were received. I attribute this to continuing diversity and ethnic awareness with in the police department and a non-confrontational attitude toward our citizens.
Our officers benefit from cooperative training agreements with the Wayne County Chiefs’ of Police Association and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Officers are able to receive in service training with little or no scheduled overtime. Officers qualified on the range twice during 2012, including shotgun qualification. Officer Bartucca represented our department, successfully completing basic training at the 2012 session of the Finger Lakes Police Academy. Officers participated in other trainings as department needs and budget allowed.
The Lyons Police Department is firmly committed to the Wayne County Narcotics Enforcement Team (WayneNET), which was organized in 2006 to combat the scourge of illegal drugs on our streets. Participation in Wayne NET has proven to be an effective method to combat illegal drug trafficking in Lyons.
Last year I set goals consisting of maintaining a 24 hour patrol and reducing the crime index. We did maintain a 24 our patrol. As part of that patrol, we have increased our police visibility with the hope this continues to be a deterrent. We did not decrease our crime index because of an increase in reported larcenies.
I hope that in 2013 we can continue our police presence and also work to reduce our crime index. I would hope to encourage citizens to “help themselves” in crime prevention. Reducing the opportunity to become crime victims goes a long way toward reducing crime. Simple things like locking house and car doors, installing security lights and monitoring persons allowed access to property will reduce larceny. Awareness of surroundings will increase personal safety.
2013 will be occupied by the dissolution process. It will be important to remove some of the uncertainty early in the process so our officers can continue to work toward their personal and professional goals. During this process, I assure our citizens that the Officers of the Village of Lyons Police Department will continue to provide professional, fair and effective services to this community.