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Washington Twp. Crime Dips, Despite Less Police

According to a statistical report, the area's amount of crimes has lessened.

Despite a loss of three full-time police department members, total crime dipped in Washington Township from 2009 to 2010, according to the most recent Uniform Crime Report (UCR).

The report, which separates crimes into violent and non-violent categories, shows a total of 101 crimes in 2009 and a drop to 94 in 2010.

In that same time, the reduced its force by three full-time members, the report said. Since 2006, the department is down a total of eight members, Chief of Police Michael Bailey said.

“We’ve been able to adapt,” Bailey said. “You have to. Some of the differences, though, are now you’ll see (the chief) and the lieutenants out on the roads, covering shifts and helping out. In the past, the higher-ranking officers were doing more supervision than actual coverage.

“Whatever we have to do, we do,” Bailey said.

Not included in the violent and non-violent crimes total are the categories of arson, domestic violence, and bias crime.

Here’s what the year-over-year crime numbers look like, according to the report:

Murder* Rape* Robbery* Aggravated Assault* Burglary** Larceny** Motor Vehicle Theft** Total 2009 0 0 0 7 27 64 3 101 2010 0 1 0 6 15 69 3 94

*Denotes violent crimes.
**Denotes non-violent crimes.

Arson Domestic Violence* Bias Crime Total 2009 0 106 0 106 2010 2 103 0 105

*Washington Township Police do not release domestic violence reports to the media. 

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The department is actually down one more member currently, as officer Peter Cecere is still recovering from a hand injury suffered during an incident in late March of this year.

The department isn’t able to use a replacement for Cecere at this time. Instead, the five-member squad he’s part of has been reshuffling schedules and making do, Bailey said.

“The squad (Cecere) is on is the one taking the hit right now,” the chief said. “But we’re managing.”

Uniform Crime Reports are usually released in the fall of each year to reflect the previous fiscal year’s statistics. 

Hookerman June 21, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I wouldn't cheer too loudly. The big drop is in burglaries, but violent crimes remained mostly steady. We had 3 less occurrences of domestic violence in 2010 than in 2009 (103 vs 106), 1 less assault (6 vs 7), but we had an incident of rape in 2010, while we had none in 2009.
Long Valley Short Valley June 21, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Not really a big difference. To the WTPD, you've been great targeting young teens and young adults (sarcasm)
Tracy Tobin June 21, 2012 at 09:48 PM
D.A.R.E. and Community Policing programs have been significantly cut back or eliminated. Coverage has been reduced during times when illness, injury, vacation, mandatory training & recertification have made fewer officers available. Hope the trends stay favorable as the Police will lose three senior officers due to retirement over the next 24 months.
Fatherof2 June 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM
The number of police officers has very little bearing on the number of crimes committed unless you think they are truly a deterrent. What may have a future impact will be the decrease of community outreach the officers are doing, such as the DARE program, Night Out etc. That impact won't be measurable for years (until the children that would have been counseled, coached etc come of age to commit crimes). By that time you may have increased the number of actual officers and we will argue that we need even more. Sometimes statistics like this are meaningless. Proactive choices are generally better choices than reactive choices. Read the book Freakonomics and see their statistical reasoning behind Rudy's crackdown on crime during his reign.
Jerry Gordon June 22, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Let's get rid of more cops and save Big $$$, we don't need 27 cops @ 90+ K per year driving around town running the wheels off of police cars.Thank God Dave Kennedy has been neutralized.
Jerry Gordon June 22, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Good news, the taxpayers save big $$$.
Jerry Gordon June 22, 2012 at 01:45 AM
They lied in Freakonomics, I wouldn't put too much faith on the info in that book, the authors are laughing at their readers.
Fatherof2 June 22, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Jerry I suppose you read the book and figured this out on your own? Give us the full list of liars so I don't waste any time in the future.
Sam Weinberg June 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Jealous Jerry Gordon
Jack Mahoffer June 22, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Hey Flash - You comment on manpower regarding our police department with NO knowledge of how a police department operates, or how much these men and women do that doesn't make the Patch ( an awe inspiring feat - by the way ). In typical Long Valley fashion, you choose to run your mouth without knowing facts. Join the herd - you have strayed.
Jerry Gordon June 22, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I read both books, Freakonomics ad super Feakonomics. In the first book the authors said they were going to tell you the truth about all things, in the second book superfrekonomics they admit they lied because they did not do it. Much of the data they rely on in the books is anecdotal. i.e. The authors Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner claim that the crime rate is down across the nation because most of the abortions performed in America were performed on black females. I do not believe that statistic.
Jerry Gordon June 22, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Hey Jack-___ LV has too many cops, they sponge off the taxpayer. They are over paid and under worked with too many benefits. Less cops is the direction LV is going, especially since we don't have the local 911 system to contend with anymore. You need to be educated on the costs of these union free-loaders.
Jack Mahoffer June 22, 2012 at 06:32 PM
You couldn't be more wrong. You have NO IDEA what their day consists of. You are a great example of all the sheep that live here. Spouting opinions with NO information. I guess th PD has never helped you out. Underworked ??? funny.
Llama Tostito June 22, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Hey Jerry Gordon's FIsh Sticks, I see that you read freakonomics and superfreakonomics, but I'll have you know that I am the leading authority on Super Freakonomics, its the Rick James business model for success, and since his passing I am the leading scholar. Let me know when you want me to school you on the super freak, super freak, she's super freaky, yeow!
Tracy Tobin June 22, 2012 at 08:23 PM
The one statistic in the year to year comparison that did not change much is Domestic Violence. I have seen several national surveys over the years that show that police responses to these types of calls often result in the individuals involved assualting the responding officer(s). Fortunately our local officers have not had to discharge their weapons in response to criminal activities. I hope they never have to do so. However a number of traffic stops over the years have uncovered both drugs and loaded weapons in some of the vehicles. Read the local papers and check the on-line news and you will see a number of incidents in Warren & Hunterdon County as well as PA where police were fired on and injured. There is no "magic fence" around Washington Township that prevents violent crimes from happening here. Be thankful that we have been so lucky over the years.
Don quixote June 23, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Long valley cops are good people, but the police force is a little over the top in terms of size. This is the trend every where, and it why the cost of living here is ridiculously out of control. As a similar anecdotal comparison, when tewksbury twps police chief retired two years ago, he recounted the the growth in population and the size of the force during his tenure- population increased 50% - police force increased 400%- affluent towns have low crime because they are not populated by criminals generally speaking.
Jerry Gordon June 23, 2012 at 04:06 AM
The only thing you are the leading scholar of is dull or slow retorts. If anyone needs to be schooled it's you, you need to learn manners.
Jerry Gordon June 23, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Don- you make my point perfectly, Tewksbury residents are being fleeced. Local officials have grown the size of government over the years in in prosperous times. Austerity measures must be taken in a down economy and demands that Gov. sector employees reduce in numbers saving the taxpayer $$$. Too bad Jack mehoff, LV cops are going to be decreased through attrition, whether DK likes it or not.
Tracy Tobin June 24, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Don quixote Percentages are tricky numbers unless the actual numbers involved are also provided. As of 2010 census, Tewksbury Township's population was 5,993. The current website for their PD shows an authorized strength of one Chief and eight sworn officers. The township's physical area is 31.6 square miles. That comes to roughly 1 officer for each 749 residents. For arguments sake let's say the population was 3,000 residents in 2000, and therefore it doubled in size to 5,993 over the 10 years between census. Again let's say that there were 2 offices in 2000, and that quadrupled to 8 officers in 2010. Not exactly devastating numbers. The website states that there is 24 hour police coverage. That would mean roughly 2 officers per shift covering 31.6 square miles (Not taking into account officers off for vacation, sick time, training, court appearances, etc.) Tewksbury sits on a heavily traveled commuter route to Routes 78 and 22, so population alone does not account for the number of people and cars traveling the township's roads Mon-Fri. If you would like to rebut what I have stated here, we could look to see what percentage of the municipal budget is Police related, number of arrests, how many of the people arrested were town residents, etc. I may also have made arithmetic errors which you are free to point out to me. Best regards.

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