The 2011 Police Dept. Annual Report contains a Crime Summary; Arrest Summary; Strategic Direction; Staff Roster; and reports from Administrative Services, Operations, Emergency Management & Civilian Services, Fleet Maintenance, SWAT, etc.
Police Chief Kevin Ruder's Address to the Community, Introducing the 2011 Annual Report.
"As 2012 will undoubtedly be remembered as the year we as a community realized binge drinking can lead to choices resulting in the most serious of consequences, 2011 was identified with tragedies related to the use of heroin and prescription drugs. Whether it be crimes related to supporting the habit, or dying by its use.
Society today is filled with examples of lifestyles of extreme behaviors - people searching for new ways to satisfy personal wants contrary to the good of society. Products indended to heal and comfort are exploited and abused - from our young people utilizing bath salts and hand sanitizer to get high, or selling or using prescription drugs contrary to their purpose, to the internet being utilized to victimize our most vulnerable in society, our children.
In 2011, the Police Department were agents of change involved in public hearings at the State Capital, supporting a statewide pharmaceutical registry, seeking ordinance changes addressing the dangers of synthetic marijuana, and developing partnerships with members of the Community to address problems.
It is imperative that we as a department continue to be proactive and fight aggressively to address crime and the underlying factors associated with crime. Caseloads in the investigation bureau related to drug use have risen, and the shortage of personnel caused the Department to prioritize duty assignments. Working with the city attorney, court duties previously assigned to a police sergeant have been redirected to his office. The sergeant was subsequently assigned to assist case assignments within the bureau. I expect the city attorney and I will continue to work together to transition the remaining applicable court tasks to assure our officers are where they can do the most good addressing crime.
For 2013, I will be requesting the addition of a sworn officer for the purposes of addressing computer crimes related to child pornography, enticement and exploitation. The Computer Forensics Officer would also be trained to collect and garner evidence related to computer crime. Recent area headlines of abuses and exploitation of children should make us all realize this is not 'it happens somewhere else' crime.
As you can see throughout the report, the Department continues to follow the identified Strategic Direction plan. Each individual report highlights one or more of the long-term objectives which promote public safety and enhance the quality of life in our community.
Thank you for your support."