Hellertown: 2012 a busy year for borough police
Hellertown borough Police Chief Robert Shupp told borough council members recently that 2012 was a "pretty good" year.
During 2012, the police department received 4,927 calls for service or 14 calls on average per day, Shupp reported. The department also received 15 sexual assault, 56 theft, 82 domestic/assault, 28 fraud and 10 burglary calls. The department responded to 133 traffic collisions and issued 1,550 citations.
During the year, the department filed 564 charges including 84 for DUI and 187 for narcotics related offenses, Shupp said.
The police department installed 7 car seats for residents, certified the borough investigator in forensic photography, donated bicycles found to the Community Bike Works Program, held a two-day interactive crime scene demonstration at Dimmick Park for the YMCA Youth Camp and participated in Community Day and the Hellertown parade and certified all police officers in crisis intervention.
"It was busy as usual," Shupp, "with lots of narcotics charges. We're looking forward to 2013."
Shupp also presented the report, for December 2012. During December the department received 347 service calls, responded to one sexual assault, two thefts, five domestic/assault, three frauds and 10 calls for traffic collisions. The department issued 102 citations, he said.
During December, the department filed 37 charges including 24 for narcotics possession, six for DUI, one for assault and three for theft and receiving stolen property.