SANATOGA PA – Drug-related offenses topped the list of 120 criminal violations brought against persons arrested during July 2017 by officers of the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, Chief Michael Foltz recently reported to the township Board of Commissioners. A total of 23 drug offenses, or 19 percent of the overall total, were lodged by police.
Last month’s list of violations also included 16 offenses for access device fraud (one possible example: illegal use of a credit card), 11 for simple assault, 10 for driving under the influence, nine for disorderly conduct, eight for forgery, and seven each for criminal trespass and harassment, according to the chief’s report.
Officers answered a total of 1,051 calls for service during the month, of which the greatest number (95) were for medical emergencies. Among other calls 48 were for motor vehicle accidents, 47 for alarms, 46 for suspicious persons, automobiles or circumstances, 28 for disturbances such as fights, and 26 each for traffic complaints and non-criminal reports, the chief added.
Happily, Foltz noted, departmental overtime was low despite the annual Independence Holiday revelry, with 112 hours during the month. Comparatively, overtime during July 2016 amounted to 201.5 hours, and during July 2015, 178.25 hours, he noted. July 2017 overtime costs amounted to $4,904, of which $2,350 will be reimbursed to the township by outside entities.
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