Police Department Summary

State of the Police Department

The year 2017 saw some positive changes in criminal offenses reported to the Maumelle Police Department, as well as a couple of categories that were not so positive.  One of the most significant areas of improvement came in the category of Residential Burglaries, where there were 77 such offenses reported in 2016, and only 38 in 2017, for a decrease of 51%. The next positive thing to report is vehicle break-ins, which actually decreased in numbers from 206 in 2016 to 197 in 2017, a decrease of 4%. There were also decreases in some of our most serious categories: rapes, which decreased from 11 in 2016 to 6 in 2017, and robberies, which decreased from eight in 2016 to three in 2017.  Unfortunately, all news is not good news and our number of Aggravated Assaults increased substantially from 12 in 2016 to 34 in 2017.  This accounts for an increase of 183%.  A closer examination of these occurrences reveals that in 2017 there was a relatively steady number of aggravated assaults every month, (two or three) until November and December, when we had six such offenses each month.  In addition, in 2016 we had a four-month period when no aggravated assaults were reported, an odd occurrence.  Additionally, for pattern identification purposes, there were 22 aggravated assault reports taken in 2015, which makes 2016 an anomaly.  So the bottom line is that overall crime statistics remained fairly similar to last year with the exceptions already outlined.  Significantly, we experienced no homicides in Maumelle in 2017, making that two years in a row without a homicide.

Patrol division

In the Patrol Division, we responded to 12,864 calls for service in 2017 compared to 11,873 in 2016, for an 8% increase.  This number includes 5,488 calls for service categorized as non-enforcement type calls, compared to 4,439 in 2016, a 24% increase.  For general information, we actually had four fewer accidents in 2017, with 469 in 2016 and 465 in 2017. We also increased the number of traffic stops from 2,287 in 2016 to 2,895 in 2017, for a 27% increase.  These stops resulted in the issuing of 397 citations in 2016 and 533 citations in 2017, for a 34% increase.  We also issued 1,593 warnings in 2016 and 2,012 in 2017, for a 26% increase in our, “better slow it down” category.

Narcotics

In 2017, the Department made 149 narcotic related arrests, down 10 from the 159 made in 2016 and up 18 from 2015, so I feel it is safe to say that those numbers remain fairly steady.  To no one’s surprise, marijuana was the drug of choice for most people, accounting for 60 arrests, while methamphetamine accounted for 25 of our arrests, pharmaceuticals 30, and five people were arrested on heroin related charges.  The Special Investigations Division received and investigated about the same number of complaints as in previous years, (173 in 2017 and 176 in 2016), and made three more fugitive apprehensions (25 in 2017 vs. 22 in 2016).

Special Investigations / Narcotics

In 2017, the Department made 149 narcotic related arrests, down 10 from the 159 made in 2016 and up 18 from 2015, so I feel it is safe to say that those numbers remain fairly steady.  To no one’s surprise, marijuana was the drug of choice for most people, accounting for 60 arrests, while methamphetamine accounted for 25 of our arrests, pharmaceuticals 30, and five people were arrested on heroin related charges.  The Special Investigations Division received and investigated about the same number of complaints as in previous years, (173 in 2017 and 176 in 2016), and made three more fugitive apprehensions (25 in 2017 vs. 22 in 2016).

Training

The Training Division was busy this year, coordinating or conducting 1,851 hours of outside resource or in-service training in everything from racial profiling to Alzheimer’s recognition and reaction, to driving simulators to active shooting and tactical team training.  This is an increase of 790 hours of training over the previous year and does not include the basic training for five of six new officers hired in 2017.  Two of the new officers have completed their FTO training, and four are currently in the Field Training portion of their careers.  We also conducted a Citizens Police Academy, which netted us an Honorable Mention in the “Trendsetter City 2017” awards presented by Arkansas Business, Crews and Associates, and the Arkansas Municipal League, and we conducted several classes for the residents of Maumelle on varying topics of interest.    

Overall, I would say we had a good year with a clear understanding of the things we will need to address and a solid plan for the direction we are headed.