Police Dept: Crime is Down in St. Charles
The number of calls for service to the St. Charles Police Department is the lowest it’s been in 10 years. That statistic and many others are highlighted in the department’s 2011 Annual Report. The report showed that police responded to 16,168 calls for service in 2011, a 7% decline from 2010 and 16% lower than 2008.
The report outlines a continued downward trend in crime throughout the city. There has been a 24% decrease in more serious Part 1 crimes since 2007, as well as a 15% decrease in Part 2 crimes for that same period.
Motor vehicle accidents on public roadways also have been reduced in St. Charles. The number of accidents in 2011 totaled 997, a 24% reduction from 2007. However, the city still has certain areas that are prone to more accidents. The top 3 crash sites are:
- South Randall Road between Oak and IL Route 38
- East Main Street from 7th Avenue to Dunham Road (The reconstruction of East Main Street, which includes the addition of a center turn lane, should help.)
- West Main Street/IL Route 31
The annual report also provides highlights of some other Police Department services, including the Kane County SWAT Team, K-9 Unit, Crime Prevention Unit and the Community Restitution program. The Restitution program uses court-ordered community service labor for various tasks, such as daily collection of refuse in the downtown area, pick-up of trash along public roadways, graffiti removal, and mowing/weeding of foreclosed and abandoned properties. In 2011, this program provided services valued at over $125,000! Read the entire 2011 Annual Report.
Also, in 2011, the St. Charles Police Department was recognized by the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation with the “Accreditation with Excellence” award, presented to law enforcement agencies that display excellence in public safety professionalism. That recognition, along with the results of the 2011 Annual Report, demonstrate the positive impact that the St. Charles Police Department has on the quality of life in our community.