June has ‘normal’ call volume for police

Staff Writer

After a near record number of calls in a single month in May, the pace slowed down slightly for West Point Police in June, according to Police Chief Avery Cook’s monthly report to the Board of Selectmen.

Officers answered 1,145 calls during the month, according to the report. That was down from 1,400 in May.

Disturbances and related calls continued to be a big part of police business. Police had six shots-fired reports, worked 83 disturbances calls, four fights and 19 calls to clear parking lots. They also had 17 calls for vandalism, five for trespassing and seven for telephone harassment.

They also had 79 calls for suspicious cars and persons.

Officers made 325 traffic stops, which is about normal for a month. They worked 54 accidents but only three with injuries, responded to 18 reports of reckless drivers and four reports of racing. They had two pursuits.

Petty thefts also continued to keep the department busy. Citizens reported four home burglaries and one vehicle burglary. Officers worked 19 shoplifting cases, nine thefts, six fraud cases and one ID theft.
The other big numbers came with 73 animal calls and 63 alarms.

Disturbances, family violence and thefts also made up most of the misdemeanor arrests. Of the 46 misdemeanor arrests, officers charged 10 people with domestic violence, four with simple assault, one with simple assault by threat, one with stalking, one with phone harassment, three with malicious mischief, three with disorderly conduct, two with disturbing the peace and one with disturbance of family
They also made 13 shoplifting arrests and cited two people for petty larceny.

Detectives worked four calls, including one armed robbery at he Dollar General in East West Point and made one each arrest for aggravated assault, grand larceny and embezzlement.

Officers also wrote 104 traffic tickets, spread out across a variety of common violations. Of the 104, 18 were for speeding, 15 for running a stop sign, 29 for seat belts and three more for child restraint violations, 12 for no insurance, 11 for drivers license issues and three for license plate violations.

The West Point Fire Department responded to 26 calls in June, including three building fires and one car fire. Firefighters also answered seven medical-related calls, including having to extricate a woman from her car in an accident on Old West Point Road in late June.

They also had 10 false alarms of some kind.