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Montevideo American-News
  • Council begins look at annual review, discusses changes in city ordinances

  • Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher took some time during the March 4 city council meeting to talk about his 2012 annual report.
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  • Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher took some time during the March 4 city council meeting to talk about his 2012 annual report.
    According to the annual report, there was only one hiring at the department, a part-time officer, and no one left the department.
    The largest expenditure of the police department was for their vehicles, as one needs to be replaced yearly. Each vehicle covers around 30,000 miles a year, adding up to 118,000 miles in 2012 for the department.
    In 2012, the police department impounded 96 vehicles.
    "The primary reason is because of insurance," Christopher told the council.
    He also cited DWIs and driving without a license as contributing to the number, but not nearly as much as insurance issues.
    For the most part, the police department has moved to online auctions for impounded vehicles, a departure from the yearly auctions of years past.
    "It's a lot easier," he said.
    This method allows the department to sell the vehicles as they're able to be sold, instead of letting everything build up in the impound lot.
    In 2012, there were 168 criminal arrests, 26 of which were juvenile arrests. There were 147 thefts, 64 assaults, 36 drug law violations, 12 burglaries, one murder, 13 sexual assaults, five sex offenses and zero robberies.
    Christopher said that the police department received 5,654 calls for service, and that 90 serious complaints were filed with the court system.
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