Police statistics show increase in calls for service and responses

YORK – This last week, York Police Chief Ed Tjaden released his year-end report, regarding positive technological advancements, a full roster of officers and an ongoing effort for training and excellency.

His report also included interesting statistics regarding the YPD’s responses to calls for service in 2023.

The YPD received 8,808 calls for service in 2023, which compares to 8,330 in 2022 and 7,621 in 2021.

The following is a break-down of calls for service, by the type, by the year:

  • Welfare checks: 278 in 2021; 302 in 2022; and 314 in 2023
  • Animal calls: 463 in 2021; 565 in 2022; and 590 in 2023
  • Enumerations (health): 178 in 2021; 268 in 2022; and 192 in 2023
  • Special services: 363 in 2021; 283 in 2022; and 333 in 2023
  • School checks: 126 in 2021; 61 in 2022; and 132 in 2023
  • Alarms: 159 in 2021; 184 in 2022; and 221 in 2023
  • HHS/APS intakes: 203 in 2021; 277 in 2022; and 215 in 2023
  • Assaults: 64 in 2021; 65 in 2022; and 57 in 2023
  • Larceny/thefts: 228 in 2021; 188 in 2022; and 317 in 2023
  • Vandalism/criminal mischief: 67 in 2021; 63 in 2022; and 107 in 2023

It was noted that while a general increase is present in the areas of larceny/thefts and vandalism/criminal mischief, “it is noteworthy there were cases with multiple offenses (such as a string of vehicle vandalisms) which can impact the numbers.”

The report explains how law enforcement has the authority to place a person who is mentally ill and dangerous into protective custody until mental health board proceedings may occur, under the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act. The report said the YPD is seeing an increase in mental health situations.

When it came to arrests, the following is a break-down of types of cases, by the year:

  • Assaults: 18 in 2021; 33 in 2022; and 40 in 2023
  • Terroristic threats: 6 in 2021, 12 in 2022; and 9 in 2023
  • Child abuse neglect: 2 in 2021; 2 in 2022; and 17 in 2023
  • Larceny/thefts: 20 in 2021; 10 in 2022; 17 in 2023
  • Driving under the influence: 14 in 2021; 26 in 2022; 27 in 2023
  • Illegal substances: 57 in 2021; 134 in 2022; and 41 in 2023
  • Warrants: 58 in 2021; 56 in 2022; and 59 in 2023
  • Disorderly conduct/disturbing the peace: 2 in 2021; 6 in 2022; and 5 in 2023
  • Weapon violations: 9 in 2021; 28 in 2022; and 15 in 2023
  • Vandalisms/criminal mischief: 4 in 2021; 9 in 2022; and 8 in 2023
  • Traffic offenses: 16 in 2021; 42 in 2022; 51 in 2023
  • Offenses against law enforcement officers: 28 in 2023
  • Homicide: 1 in 2023
  • Emergency protective custody: 3 in 2021; 14 in 2022; and 21 in 2023

In the area of traffic enforcement, the following numbers of warnings and citations were issued, per year:

  • Verbal warnings: 1,456 in 2021; 1,618 in 2022; 1,727 in 2023
  • Defects: 76 in 2021; 61 in 2022; 106 in 2023
  • Written warnings: 119 in 2021; 85 in 2022; and 393 in 2023
  • Citations: 175 in 2021: 145 in 2022; and 259 in 2023
  • Totals: 1,826 in 2021; 1,909 in 2022; and 2,485 in 2023

In the area of accidents, the YPD saw an increase in 2023, “which could indicate a concern,” the police report says. “However, we attribute this to a change in our response to accidents. An increase in our staffing level is allowing us to respond to motor vehicle accidents which occur in a parking lot or on private property.”

The YPD did not respond to any fatality accidents in 2023. Officers responded to 262 total accidents in 2023, compared to 228 in 2022 and 239 in 2021.

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