Despite the uptick in property crimes felt Valley-wide last year, the 39 men and women who patrol or support the people who patrol the streets of Danville were credited with an overall reduction in crime and a 10 percent reduction in traffic accidents.
Chief Steve Simpkins gave credit for the downward trend to his staff and the heightened attention of residents, some of whom attended department sponsored “citizen academies” for a firsthand look at what an officer sees on the beat, and said the department has joined a county-wide effort to stem incidents of vehicle theft and burglary.
Officers responded to 27,933 calls for service in 2014, Simpkins reported, with the median response time for “Priority 1” – threat to life or “in progress” – calls clocked at 5 minutes 52 seconds.
The department’s most significant impact, the chief reported, was in the area of traffic safety, with the department reporting a decrease a nearly 10 percent decrease in accidents from 2013’s total of 337. Total collision numbers for 2014 show an overall decrease of approximately 44 percent from a high of 542 reported accidents in 2001.
Danville police arrested 141 people for impaired driving last year, averaging just under 12 DUI arrests per month. November had the highest number of DUI arrests at 22, and August had the lowest number at 6.