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Ellsworth Police Department increased patrol as incidents rose in '07

EPD increased patrol as incidents rose in '07

By Bill Kirk

ELLSWORTH, Wis.-The number of incidents getting attention from the Ellsworth Police Department approached the 4,000 mark last year, according to the department's 2007 annual report. There are five categories in the report: assist, criminal, ordinance, service and traffic.

At 3,815, the incident total for '07 increased dramatically over the 3,166 recorded in '06. Incident numbers were up last year from the previous year in all categories except criminal, Police Chief Greg Place wrote in the report.

Responding to requests, the department "stepped up" its patrol last year. Traffic warnings more than doubled, from 318 in '06 to 692 in '07. Speeding citations did likewise, going from a total of 20 in '06 to 49 in '07.

All alcohol-related incidents (open intoxicants in a vehicle, operating a vehicle while under the influence, underage drinking and all other liquor violations) rose last year, with underage drinking especially higher at 40, compared to 15 the year before.

Incident numbers don't directly coincide with arrests or citations issued; one incident can result in multiple arrests and citations, the chief wrote. Likewise, an incident not categorized as alcohol-related can also result in alcohol-related arrests and citations.

Other highlights during the past year reported by Place were the department's becoming an Oath of Honor Law Enforcement Agency and the first National Night Out being held locally.

Read more in the print version of the Pierce County Herald March 12.