Evansville Police Department shares 2021 call details

An Evansville Police car sits outside the police department.
An Evansville Police car sits outside the police department.(Katie Reed)
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 6:43 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Evansville Police Department shared details about their calls in 2021. The department reports specific call information monthly to the FBI. In 2021, Evansville PD received 7,118 calls, a 17.3% increase in calls compared to 2019.

“I can compare any particular time frames with any other time frames just to see a difference. So, as Chief it’s one of those things that you follow because you want to know what’s going on in your community, you know, is there something we need to do different,” said Evansville Police Chief Mike Thompson.

The department made about 10.6 traffic stops a day while 9.3 calls were not traffic related. In 2021, there was a decrease in traffic accident calls. According to Thompson, this can in part be attributed to the hands-free ordinance put in place in 2020.

Traffic enforcement has increased in the last year, Chief Thompson said that over 70% of people with warrants are picked up at traffic stops.

Evansville PD has worked to make officers more active and visible in the community. This increase has led to many categories seeing a decrease in calls, however, it drove some numbers up.

“With the officer activities being more proactive looking for the stuff it also pushes those categories up. By having more proactivity within the officers that’s what drives the other categories down because they’re out being visible,” said Thompson.

The department reported a 75% increase in DUI calls, a 210% increase in property theft, and a 117% increase in attempts to locate.

Thompson has taken steps to decrease the number of theft calls through the submission of a prowler ordinance to city officials. The department also shifts patrolling to increase visibility in areas where thefts have been reported.

There was a 209% increase in controlled substance cases in 2021. Thompson said that not all of these calls were related to marijuana and that the community has seen a slight increase in meth use in the last few years.

Tuesdays and Fridays were the busiest days seen by the department in 2021. Between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. were the busiest hours throughout the year.

“We use that statistic to see if we need to shuffle our officer staffing around, do we need to put more people on night shift to cover these calls, so there’s adequate police protection for our community,” said Thompson.

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