Its always a good idea for citizens to take a look behind the curtain and see what their local civil service agencies are up to. Anna Police Chief Kenny Jenks at the February 11 Anna city council meeting presented the department’s 2013 annual report. While the report updates council members, it also provides insight to the community on the activities and accomplishments of the Anna Police department.
The report reflects statistics beginning on Jan. 1 and ending on Dec. 31, 2013 which confirm that as Anna continues to grow the police department continues to provide service to city residents. The report covers the department’s key areas: staffing, calls for service, traffic enforcement, sex offenders and drug seizures.
In 2013, the department was made up of a chief, sergeant, 10 sworn police officers and a civilian records manager, totaling 13 full-time employees.
Jenks said that the department’s patrol officers worked 12 hour shifts, covering the city 24 hours per day, seven days per week. At least two officers were regularly scheduled to be on-duty 24 hours per day; however that was not always the case since holidays, vacations, training days and sick leave had to be factored into the mix.
There were 9,191 police events in 2013 compared to 9,959 in 2012. July was the busiest month with 933 and December had the fewest with 587. Calls included self-initiated activities engaged by the officers. The total number of events was obviously lower than the previous year.
Burglar alarm/open door calls totaled 348, or 3.8 percent, of all calls for service. Of the 348 total however, 345, or 99 percent, were false alarms.
Of the total activities, 8.2 percent required a written report by the responding officer, and Anna police generated 599 incident reports. May was the busiest month with 70 new incident reports, while February had the fewest with 37.
The Anna PD Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) clearance rate for 2013 offenses was 52 percent, one percent lower than in 2012. Of those incidents that were assigned to the department’s Detectives for follow up, 66 percent were cleared.
Citizens reported an estimated $95,457 worth of property stolen in burglaries, larcenies and auto thefts with the department recovering $15,083 in property.
There were 287 adult arrests made by Anna P.D. during the reporting period as compared to 281 in 2012. Charges filed primarily included drunkenness, intoxication manslaughter, drug possession, assault-family violence, aggravated assault, theft and burglary.
Anna Police investigated 152 traffic crashes in 2013 compared to 139 in 2012, a 9.4 percent increase. Distracted drivers were the most common reason for the crashes, as well as the increase in traffic volume in the city’s jurisdiction. Of the total crashes, 35 involved injuries, and there were four traffic fatalities.
A total of 2,550 traffic citations were written in 2012 compared to 3,680 in 2012.
Currently, 11 previously convicted sex offenders are registered with and monitored by the department. Three of the 11 are currently incarcerated resulting from cases that were filed by the department.
Anna P.D. officers confiscated or seized 2.44 pounds of marijuana, 8.5 ounces of methamphetamine and filed six cases regarding prescription medications and or pills.
The department also completed a video security surveillance project for Slayter Creek Park.
Following the "Community First" motto, the department continues to be heavily involved in the community by hosting the National Night Out, one of the most popular community events in the city. And the annual Child ID Fair has grown every year with over 170 IDs provided to area children in 2013.