Our Parking Enforcement unit is comprised of all civilian personal. The unit consists of one supervisor, one lead worker, one field supervisor and twenty-eight parking enforcement officers. Something truly amazing about this group is that nineteen of their staff have over fourteen years of service! There are also three parking enforcement officers that have served our community and Department for over thirty years!
Parking Enforcement officers enforce all parking violations throughout the city, which is made up of metered enforcement, on-street parking violations, impoundment of vehicles, private property violations, tow-away zones, disabled fraud investigations, school zone enforcement and time-restricted enforcement.
The unit is broken down to five different shifts times, made up of both eight-hour and ten-hour shifts. They provide coverage seven days a week from 6:30am-12:30am. We have parking enforcement officers based out of all of our districts.
There have been numerous times when our parking enforcement officers have contributed mightily to some major cases. Earlier this year, a parking enforcement officer observed a suspect in a bank robbery and provided the description and location to officers who were able to apprehend the suspect successfully. They have also called in stolen vehicles they have located, helped return found wallets to their rightful owners and resolved numerous parking concerns by constituents.
The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 5:00 a.m. on 07/25/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 07/26/2018, MPD received 615 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown. MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
To further break down the 615 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (103), East (112), Midtown (73), North (77), South (63), West (123), and Other (64). Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City. For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other".
1) EAST: Assist EMS/Check Welfare – 5:26 a.m. Officers responded, along with EMS, to an out-of-control subject (20-year-old WF). The subject exhibited signs of excited delirium. It was reported that the female had kicked a paramedic on a previous call. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation. Investigation continuing.
2) CENTRAL: Theft from Autos – 7:06 a.m. Officers responded to an underground parking structure on W. Mifflin St where ten vehicles were reported damaged (windows smashed and items taken from the vehicles). Press release completed. Investigation continuing.
3) NORTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 7:16 a.m. Officers responded to Calypso for a subject (43-year-old AAF) experiencing an overdose. The subject was located by a passerby unconscious in front of the residence. Officers arrived and administered Naloxone to the subject, which revived her. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital and cited for possession of heroin.
4) MIDTOWN: Theft from Autos – 8:13 a.m. Officers responded to an underground parking structure on College Court where four vehicles were reported broken into overnight. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.
5) MIDTOWN: Theft from Autos – 8:17 a.m. Officers responded to an underground parking structure on N. Park St where multiple vehicles were reported broken into overnight. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.
6) WEST: Missing Adult – 12:43 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a missing subject (30-year-old WF) who suffers from mental health concerns and has been off her medication. Attempt to locate aired. Phone ping conducted. The subject was listed as missing in the appropriate databases. Investigation continuing.
7) CENTRAL: Preserve the Peace – 1:58 p.m. Officers responded to E. Mifflin St to stand-by as Child Protective Services removed four children from a home.
8) SOUTH: Disturbance/Assist Fitchburg PD – 2:22 p.m. Officers responded to a restaurant on the W. Beltline Hwy for a report of subjects fighting. Investigation revealed that a victim from a previous burglary (in Fitchburg) tracked the suspect (16-year-old AAM) to this location and prevented him from leaving. When an attempt was made to grab the stolen backpack from the suspect, a very realistic-looking pellet gun fell out. The suspect was restrained until officers arrived. The suspect was cited for possession of a pellet gun under the age of 18. Fitchburg PD also responded to the scene and may have forthcoming charges. Investigation continuing.
9) EAST: Missing Juvenile/Runaway – 4:17 p.m. Officers transported a found missing subject (16-year-old AAM) home. Soon after officers left, the juvenile ran away again. Attempt to locate aired. The juvenile was listed as missing in the appropriate databases. Investigation continuing. **Same juvenile subject as the "suspect" listed in #8 above.
10) EAST: Missing Adult – 6:35 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a missing subject (21-year-old WM). Attempt to locate aired. The subject was listed as missing in the appropriate databases. Investigation continuing.
11) WEST: Information/Sexual Assault – 7:09 p.m. Officers responded to speak with a victim (22-year-old WF) who reported being sexually assaulted by a known suspect (30-year-old AAM). Investigation continuing.
12) MIDTOWN: Information/Sexual Assault of a Child – 8:01 p.m. Officers responded to a local hospital where a victim (15-year-old WF) reported being sexually assaulted. Investigation continuing.
13) EAST: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 8:58 p.m. Officers responded to the area of Darbo/Worthington for a report of shots fired. No evidence of shots fired located. Investigation continuing.
14) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 9:54 p.m. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance on Rethke Ave between two subjects (44-year-old AAF victim and 58-year-old AAM suspect). The victim reported being battered by the suspect (her ex-boyfriend). The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived. Once located, the suspect will be charged with domestic battery and bail jumping (2 counts). Investigation continuing.
15) EAST: Injured Subject – 11:07 p.m. Officers responded to a subject lying in the roadway at Darbo Dr/Clyde Gallagher Ave. The subject (56-year-old AAM) initially said he was jumped by multiple suspects. Investigation revealed however that this was not the case and the subject injured himself as he was riding his bike. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation/treatment. No charges have been substantiated. Investigation continuing.
16) MIDTOWN: Domestic Disturbance – 11:11 p.m. Officers responded to Jenewein Rd for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (18-year-old AAF victim and 24-year-old AAM suspect). The suspect held the victim down against her will and strangled her. The suspect also struck the victim several times in the face. The victim sustained visible injuries. The suspect fled but was located by officers. The suspect was arrested for domestic battery, strangulation and a probation/parole hold.
17) CENTRAL: Crash – 1:06 a.m. Officers responded to a bicycle/vehicle crash near W. Johnson St/East Campus Mall. The rider on the bike was intoxicated and admitted to riding too fast in an attempt to beat traffic while crossing against a red signal. A vehicle/driver struck the bike/rider. The bike rider (22-year-old WM) was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation/treatment. He was cited for pedestrian/bicyclist failure to yield at a controlled intersection. The driver remained on scene and was cooperative. Press release completed.
18) EAST: Weapons Offense – 3:51 a.m. Officers responded to Rethke Rd for a report of a subject who had been stabbed. Officers arrived and made entry to a residence to check the welfare of a subject. The subject/victim (45-year-old UF) was uncooperative with officers. The victim was conveyed to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A potential suspect (55-year-old WF) was identified and contacted. The suspect reported she was defending herself. The suspect was subsequently arrested for 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety. Investigation continuing.
19) NORTH: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 4:04 a.m. Officers responded to Melody Lane/Stuart Court for multiple reports of shots fired. No evidence of shots fired located. Additional canvassing may be necessary during daylight hours. Investigation continuing.
20) EAST: Check Area – 4:18 a.m. Officers responded to Ziegler Rd for a report of shots fired. Multiple mailboxes were found damaged. The damage appears to have been caused by some sort of explosive fireworks. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.