Township Police Had Busiest January in Three Years

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SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove Police Department officers experienced their busiest January in three years while also having to endure staffing issues, Acting Police Chief William James told township commissioners on Monday (Feb. 1, 2021). Overall, the department handled a total of 1,311 reported incidents within the month, significantly higher than same-month totals for 2020 and 2019, his calls-for-service report stated.

Available officers were asked last month to take on additional hours due to shift staffing needs and contractually required holiday leaves, James noted. As a result the department incurred nearly 102 hours of overtime, he reported, more than 70 percent of which resulted from fill-in coverage.

Consequently, the department for the month opted not to participate in state- and federally-funded, high-visibility special assignment programs. They specifically seek out aggressive drivers, those who fail to wear seat belts, those who drive while intoxicated, and other targeted offenses.

Patrol officers were nonetheless busy during the 31-day period.

Their work included responses to three alleged assaults, eight alleged thefts involving amounts of between $50 and more than $200 in value, nine allegations of counterfeiting, fraud, or scams; 45 incidents of suspicious persons, automobiles or circumstances; 26 disturbances, of which 15 were domestic in nature, and 104 medical emergencies, among a lengthy list of other incidents.

On the traffic side, officers investigated 18 motor vehicle accidents, three of which resulted in personal injuries, and 13 without injuries; dealt with 22 traffic complaints, and traffic and parking problems; issued four traffic citations and seven warnings; and documented a total of 46 traffic-related incidents involving investigations, offenses, and required reports.

Also from the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 1 meeting:
Township Amends Retirement Plan for Some Future Hires
422 Sound Barriers Considered in Lower Pottsgrove
Township Police Had Busiest January in Three Years
Bid Documents Needed for Township Municipal Campus
Update: Human Remains in Lower Pottsgrove Identified

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