West District Blotter

WPD Monthly Update

December 1, 2014 1:51 PM

MPD officers responded to a total of 3,603 incidents in the West District during the month of November.  This is an average of more than 120 per day.

It's important to recognize what an "incident" is.  In most instances an incident is a call for service, where a citizen calls to request an officer for something.  This might be a crime, but many times officers respond to things that are not criminal (traffic accidents, civil disputes, parking issues, etc).  Also, many self-initiatied activities engaged in by officers result in an MPD incident being created.  These include traffic stops and foot patrol. 

So, incidents while can be helpful to measure what MPD is doing, they aren't necessarily a great indicator of public safety or quality of life in our neighborhoods.  As an illustration, the most common MPD incident type in the West District in November were traffic stops.  The most common complaints I hear from the community are about speeding and traffic issues, so a high number of MPD traffic stops is probably a good thing, indicating that MPD is being responsive to those issues/concerns.

 

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