CHARLEVOIX — Charlevoix’s police department submitted activity reports for the months of September and October at the recent city council meeting on Nov. 21.
As of the end of October, the police force had covered a total of 48,819 miles patrolling the city. On average, each officer covers between 30 to 70 miles per 12-hour shift, according to interim police chief Robert Scholey.
There were six traffic citations given in the month of October and 44 traffic warnings. In September, there were eight traffic citations given and 54 warnings. The annual total of traffic warnings so far is 863, which is down from last year’s total of 1,117.
In October, there were no felony arrests and in September there was one felony arrest. In October, there were three misdemeanor arrests and one warrant arrest. In September, there were four misdemeanor arrests.
Standing out from last year, there have been a total of 4,021 general assists thus far when there were only 2,625 general assists at this time last year.
According to Scholey, this is due to notifications given to drivers to renew their license plate registrations — which was not required during COVID-19.
In September, there were 282 parking meter tickets given out and in October there were 96, with an annual total of 1,486 parking meter tickets given out so far.
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Scholey added other categories to the report in October in order to clarify some of the data and to better represent how the officers are spending their time, he said. Funeral escorts (of which there were none in October), responding to alarms and follow-up were among some of the categories added. Officers responded to alarms seven times in October.
There were 19 traffic crashes responded to in October and 11 in September, for a total of 117 crashes this year, which is almost on par with the 114 crashes recorded this time last year.
— Contact reporter Annie Doyle at (231) 675-0099 or email@example.com
This article originally appeared on The Petoskey News-Review: Charlevoix's interim police chief reports on department activity over the fall