2015 Annual Report
Citizens of Middleton, Mayor Sonnentag, City Council Members, Police Commission Members, Public Safety Committee Members, City Administrator Mike Davis and Police Department Staff:
On behalf of the men and women of the Middleton Police Department, I present to you our Annual Report for 2015.
In 2015, the Middleton Police Department began a comprehensive review of arrest statistics, policies and procedures which disproportionately affect minorities and people of poverty, the fine/deposit structure in Municipal Court, incarceration policies, outreach efforts in the minority community, use of force and officer training. I am pleased to report that Police Department employees have embraced this introspection and have worked to change and adapt to 21st Century police practices in training, policy revision, use of force, patrol priorities and interactions with the people of our community.
One example of our efforts was the concern over the disproportionate effect traffic stops and citations had on members of minority communities and people of poverty. Because of this, we focused on primary traffic violations that endanger other drivers and pedestrians and encouraged officers not to issue multiple citations during traffic contacts. I’m pleased to report that our traffic crash statistics decreased in 2015 compared to previous years, but our traffic warnings increased 245%, jumping from 936 in 2014 to 3,817 in 2015. We are measuring our officers’ success by the number of citizen contacts they have (many of which are positive, proactive encounters), not the number of traffic citations or arrests they make.
For the third year in a row, the Crime Rate in Middleton continues to decline. There was a 23% decrease in reported crime in 2013 over 2012, a 16% decrease in crime in 2014 over 2013 and a 5% decrease in crime in 2015 over 2014. There is an increase in armed robberies and thefts from vehicles and much of this increase is attributed to heroin use. Calls for services have increased 23% over the previous year.
Our Communication Center continues to provide professional services to our community. We answered 89% of 911 calls (landline and cellular) within 10 seconds, 97% within 20 seconds and 99% within 30 seconds, well above national dispatch standards. We continue our community outreach programs. Please follow us on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
Chief of Police
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