It is 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 presented the department’s 2012 annual report at the March 26 Anna City Council meeting. While the report updates council members it also provides insight to the community on the activities and accomplishments of the Anna Police department.
In presenting the report, Jenks said "This report reflects statistics beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31, 2012, and these are the official numbers of documented service to the community by the employees of the Police Department." The report covered the department’s key areas: staffing, calls for service, traffic enforcement, sex offenders and drug seizures.
In 2012, 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 equation.
There were 9,959 calls for police service in 2012 compared to 9,594 calls in 2011, a slight increase. March was the busiest month with 967 calls requiring police response, and August required the least service with 696 requests made.
Burglar alarm/open door calls totaled 351 or 3.5 percent of all calls for service. Of the 351 total however, only one was an actual burglary, whiled one was set off by a store clerk to summon police to a shoplifting incident, as pointed out by Jenks.
More than 6.5 percent of the total calls for police service required a written report by the responding officer. Anna police generated 621 incident reports, with May being the busiest month with 72 new incident reports. February experienced the fewest number with 29 incident reports. The Anna PD clearance rate for 2012 offenses was 59.7 percent as compared to 51.6 percent in 2011.
Citizens reported an estimated $123,936 worth of property stolen in burglaries, larcenies and auto thefts with the department recovering $5,203.
There were 283 adult arrests made by Anna P.D. during the reporting period, compared to 241 in 2011. Charges filed included drunkenness, traffic warrants, drug possession, assault-family violence, aggravated assault, theft and burglary.
Anna police investigated 139 traffic crashes in 2012 compared to 129 in 2011. Jenks said that the increased traffic volume and the U.S. 75 resurfacing project were the main contributing factors for the increase. A total of 3,680 traffic citations were written in 2012 compared to 2,257 in 2011.
The year began with seven previously convicted sex offenders registered with and monitored by the A.P.D. During the year, that number increased to eight, but two of the eight are currently incarcerated resulting from cases that were filed by the department.
Anna Police Department officers confiscated or seized the following dangerous drugs: 5.5 pounds of marijuana, three pounds of methamphetamine, 8.99 ounces of cocaine, 569 grams of illegal pills and 99 prescription pills.
Jenks also pointed out that as paying members of the Child Advocacy Center of Collin County, Anna police receive expert investigative assistance in cases that were referred from Anna and the immediate area. Those cases included: 32 cases of aggravated sexual assault of a child, 71 cases of endangering a child, two cases of indecency with a child, 41 cases of injury to a child, 13 cases of sexual assault of a child, one case of possession of child pornography and nine cases of forensic computer examination.