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7/3/2018 - Mid-year 2018 Report from GPD Chief Brendan Bridges
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On July 1st, Greensburg Chief of Police Brendan Bridges released a report with a summary of GPD stats for the 1st half of 2018. The report included the following statement:
Through the first half of the year, Greensburg Officers have increased arrests in Operating While Intoxicated from 11 in 2017 to 31 in 2018. One of the goals we wanted to focus on was increasing patrols that are focusing on individuals that operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
With the increase of patrols and hitting more trouble areas throughout the first of the year we have seen a decrease in Burglaries by 47% and a decrease in Thefts by 33%. Currently, we are focusing on narcotics investigations due to the thefts and burglaries being connected in most cases. We know at any time these crimes can increase within days. So, at the Greensburg Police Department we have been looking at ways to get more directly involved with the community to let them be aware of possible crimes in their area and steps to combat crime.
This year alone we have seen an increase of almost 200 individuals arrested from this point last year. We have made a little over 160 arrests for narcotics alone. We have seized $421,656 in money, counterfeit checks and credit card schemes. We have also taken more than 12 lbs of Marijuana, 110 grams of Methamphetamine, 19 grams of Heroin, and 6 grams of Cocaine off the streets. We have seen an increase of 210% which accounts for officers being proactive and continuing to fight to keep narcotics off the streets. The addition of our K-9 has also been a great success to the department.
In the 2018-19 school year, the Greensburg Police Department will have an officer in all Greensburg Public Schools and assisting in private schools also. A third officer will be at the Greensburg Elementary throughout the school year helping put new programs into the younger grades. This will allow officers to connect with the kids at a younger age and ultimately see a mentoring program put in place with kids. The mentoring program has proven studies that help with attendance and grades with kids that may struggle with these areas.
We are also starting new programs that we hope will continue for years to come. By the end of the summer, we should have a program put in place for Autistic children that have tendencies to wander or run. This program will alert parents and public safety to the area where the child was last seen and a search team will begin to try and locate the child or adults.
Another program that we are starting this summer is the Bike Rodeo Program. The 1st Rodeo will be on July 21, 2018 and the Greensburg Police Department with be partnering with the Decatur Co Hospital in this event to educate everyone on the injuries that could occur if involved in an accident without wearing a helmet.
There are several other things that we are working on to get put in place in the next couple months. Once these programs are starting I will update you on what we are doing. A big goal of mine is community policing and community involvement. And I believe this is something that can be accomplished in this community.
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