Crime Up Overall, Violent Crime Down
Chief Jason Parker opened his presentation to the Dalton Public Safety Commission Tuesday morning with an overview of the crime statistics from September, noting that the reported Part 1 crime rate was up about 3% compared to 2011. The overall Part 1 crime rate for 2012 year-to-date is within 1% of the 2011 statistics. Violent crime rates continue to be reported at a lower rate than 2011, but property crime rates are relatively static.
The clearance rate for both violent crimes and property crimes is up over 2011, with a 67% clearance rate for violent crimes (a 6% increase) and a 41% clearance rate for property crimes (a 3% increase).
There was a 23% spike in the number of traffic crashes in September 2012 compared to the same period last year. 14% of crashes in Dalton involved distracted driving as a contributing factor. For the year, there has been a 12% increase in the number of crashes in Dalton.
New Officers Confirmed
Four DPD officers had their hiring officially confirmed by unanimous vote of the Public Safety Commission. Officers John Gurrieri, Jacob Allen, and Serena Martin all graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Police Academy in Forsyth last month and have been taking part in the DPD’s field training program since October 1st. Officer Jacob Burger also had his re-hiring with the Dalton Police Department approved by unanimous vote. Officer Burger left the agency earlier this year for a stint with the Georgia State Patrol, but opted to return. The commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of confirming the four officers (commission members Carlos Calderin and Kenneth Willis were not in attendance at this morning’s meeting).
Below: (from L to R) New Officers Serena Martin, John Guerreri, Jacob Allen, and Jacob Burger are presented to the Public Safety Commission Tuesday morning by Chief Jason Parker (right).
New Parade Route To Get First Test
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Chief Parker reminded the commissioners that Dalton’s new parade route will be used for the first time for Friday afternoon’s Dalton High Homecoming Parade. Earlier this year, the Dalton Police Department and Dalton Fire Department worked with the Downtown Dalton Development Authority worked together to develop the new standard route for parades through downtown. The new route will take parades down Waugh Street starting at First Baptist Church and then onto Hamilton Street. Parades will turn right onto West Morris Street, and then right on Thornton Avenue before turning onto Crawford Street and finishing at Harmon Field. Organizers stress that all parked cars on the east side of Hamilton Street between the Waugh Street overpass and the Morris Street intersection must be moved before the parade starts at 4:00 pm. Organizers will work with downtown businesses to make sure those spaces are clear to allow enough room for parade floats to pass safely. Several downtown streets will be closed for the parade between 3:45 pm and approximately 5:30 pm.
The Dalton Public Safety Commission is comprised of Chairman William B. Weaver, Carlos Calderin, Terry Mathis, Keith Whitworth, and Kenneth E. Willis.