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The Lake News Online
  • More calls, fewer arrests in Camden County

  • In one year, the Camden County Sheriff's Department has seen an increase in calls by about 4,000. In 2011, deputies responded to 35,087 calls. A year later, deputies responded to 39,092 calls. 1,076 summons were issued in 2011 while 1,099 were issued in 2012.
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  • In one year, the Camden County Sheriff's Department has seen an increase in calls by about 4,000. In 2011, deputies responded to 35,087 calls. A year later, deputies responded to 39,092 calls. 1,076 summons were issued in 2011 while 1,099 were issued in 2012.
    Total arrests were slightly down in 2012. 1,771 individuals were arrested down from 1,791 in 2011. Both DWI and drug arrests also saw a slight decrease in 2012. 128 DWI arrests and 155 drug arrests were made in 2012 while 163 DWI arrests and 162 drug arrests were made the previous year.
    2,074 males and 773 females were admitted to the jail in 2012 — this figure includes individuals given a citation only or persons arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 1,951 males and 649 females were admitted in Camden County the previous year.
    Stealing was the most common type of report taken in 2012 with 655 reports. Animal complaints and domestic violence come in as second and third. Motor vehicle accidents and property damage finish off the top five list.
    "Those are the top five things that are happening that our deputies are actually going there and taking reports," Lt. Joseph Botta said.
    The most frequent type of calls that deputies responded to include medical emergency, suspicious activity, business and residential alarms, citizen assistance and animal calls or complaints.
    "That is just someone calling 9-1-1 and saying, 'I need help here,' " Botta said.
    Sheriff Department officials said that many of the calls of service turn into reports, but do not always. Overall, the department feels as if the increase in calls is nothing to be alarmed about.
    "There's just a real slow, steady increase, nothing significant," Botta said. "From 2000 to 2010, the national growth rate was seven to nine percent. Camden County's was 18 percent. We are almost three times the national growth rate. Our stats are not going sky high since we have grown, I'd take that as a good sign."
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