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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:01

Turlock Police Chief Reports Lower Crime Rate and Decreased Moving Traffic Citations

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At Tuesday’s Turlock City Council meeting, Turlock Police Chief Rob Jackson presented the 2012 Second Quarter Report on behalf of the Turlock Police Department.

As of June 2012, the Turlock Police Department made a total of 932 arrests, an 11% decrease from the Second Quarter Report in 2011.

Priority 1 calls, which are recognized as an immediate threat to life, took an average response time of 7 minutes and thirteen seconds. The total amount of Priority 1 calls was 170 as of June 2012, as compared to the 162 in 2011.

Part 1 crimes, which include homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, vehicle theft, and larceny, decreased by 6% as compared to 2011. While the Part 1 crimes decreased as a whole, some specific areas, such as vehicle theft, robbery, assault, burglary and homicide increased from the previous year. The most notable increase was perhaps in vehicle thefts, whereas in 2011 there were 179 reported stolen vehicles, while in 2012 there have been 203 stolen thus far.

Turlock has continued to see the crime rate drop over the past 5 years.

Throughout the months of April, May and June of 2012, the Turlock Police Department has received zero citizen complaints.

The Turlock Narcotic Enforcement Team made 20 arrests throughout the months of April, May and June 2012, seized 5 firearms, and implemented six search warrants.

The Neighborhood Preservation unit, which deals with graffiti abatement, weeds/grass complaints, noise permits, miscellaneous complaints, and a myriad of other responsibilities, saw a 22% decrease in 2012.

Also to be noted, the Traffic Safety Unit reported a 30% decrease in 2012 of Driving Under the Influence Arrests made. The unit also reported a significant decrease of 83% in Moving Citations. The top two collision intersections within the City of Turlock were reported as the Fulkerth/N. Tully intersection, and the Golden State Boulevard/Marshall intersection, both having four collisions each as of June.

Police Chief Rob Jackson also stated that the Police Department currently had four officer vacancies that the department is working on filling.

“We can’t always control when people are going to leave, due to retirement and other factors,” stated Jackson. “We’re trying to fill them as best as we can. We want to get good quality employees.”

For more information regarding the Turlock Police Department, visit www.ci.turlock.ca.us/citydepartments/policedepartment.


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