In the Chestertown Police Department’s newly released 2011Annual Report, 13,124 “calls for service” were recorded. or 1,534 more calls than the previous year.
While this is only the second time since 2006 that calls for service have exceeded 13,000, the CPD reports that violent crimes and serious property crime dropped from 2010 figures by 6% in 2011, and by 1% for less violent crimes such as forgery, driving under the influence, public drunkenness, vandalism, and vagrancy. The CPD’s solvability rate for serious crimes committed in 2011 was 37%, which is above the national average of 30%..
The wards with the highest percentage of calls for service were Ward 3 with 5,751 calls and Ward 2, with 4,602 calls.
The CPD report highlighted the the adult crimes that they deemed to be the most severe to include three armed robberies, thirteen resisting arrests, twelve reckless endangerments, eleven deadly weapon violations, six sex offenses, six robberies, two false imprisonments, a single case of poisoning, and a single case of stalking.
The severe juvenile charges are as follows; 1 resisting arrest, 1 robbery, and 1 weapons violation.
It is also to be noted that during November of 2011, all but one of the remaining suspects from the 2010 Washington College burglaries was charged with 75 counts of burglary and 20 counts of theft. The charges could not be made until 2011, which is why they were reported for that year’s report.