BATH, N.Y. (WETM) – The Village of Bath Police Department recently released their Two-Year Comparison Report and their 2023 End of Year Totals on crime in their area.
Chief of Police Colin Taft spoke with 18 News about the increases from 2022 to 2023, and why he thinks they are occurring, and he defined it all by saying it’s “a perfect storm.” This is referring to how many things are all happening at the same time, including bail reform, an increase in crystal meth around the area, and trying to fill vacancies in positions after COVID.
They are trying to amp up their patrol and get more officers on the street. Chief Taft said, “Now we do have three officers on certain days and times of the week, and we are looking at abolishing four part-time positions and creating another full-time position which will also give us more staffing.”
Another thing he spoke highly of was foot patrol and tied it to some of the problems they face. He said, “Foot patrols have always been important here, but when you have the 17% increase in call volume, it’s an astronomical number, and it is a lot harder to get out there and do them all and be proactive. I mean, you know, we’ve become a lot more reactive since bail reform and having to deal with the same people many times over and over again.”
The full Two-Year Comparison and 2023 End of Year Totals can be found below.