Blight and background checks keep police busy in 2012


If you didn’t keep your property tidy, had a loose or barking dog, locked your keys in your car,  applied for a gun permit, or reported your juvenile as a run-away,  chances are you called the Montgomery Police Department for assistance in 2012.
In his year-end report to the Montgomery City Council, Police Chief John Schmidt reported that the overall number of incidents for Montgomery was 1,986 in 2012, compared to 2,616 in 2011, or a 25 percent drop.
“2011 was a busier year. In 2012, we returned to 2010 standards,” Schmidt said.
In a PowerPoint presentation, Schmidt explained that his department saw a spike in thefts and theft-related calls (83 for the year) in February-March with 19 incidents. After that, there was a slight spike in April-May with 15, but then the incidents dropped to two in September. The reason, Schmidt explained, was that they caught some of the repeat offenders. 
Among some of the other high number of incidents for last year, blight citations topped the list with 167, followed by background checks at 133, medical calls 119, public assists 111, traffic violations 86, and snow emergency/restriction violations 81.
Other calls came regarding child protection investigations 15, dogs at large 33, gun permits issued to purchase 32, juvenile run-always 18, citations for no-seat belt 14, noise complaints 29, and registered sex offender registrations 8. According to the department, these are for levels I and II, who pose a lower to moderate risk to the community. The number for the year represents notifications received by the  department for offenders moving in or out of the community. 
The police department is on duty 24/7, 365 days a year. In addition to Police Chief Schmidt, the department also includes Sergeant Pete Bulger, full-time officers Pat Nelson and Dan Siebsen, and part-time officers Terry Hayes, Edward Keogh, Shelly Milton, Herbert Moon, John Pesta, Drew Van Guilder, John Gramling, and James Hayes. The Police Department’s office administrator is Jan Ruhland.

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