The following are the preliminary call statistics for the Wellesley Police Department from the year 2012. These numbers show the types of calls that the department typically responds to, and also offers some comparisons from previous years.
In 2012, the Wellesley Police Department had 25,618 calls for service. This number represents every call possible, and ranges from an officer making an arrest, to investigating a noise complaint, or a medical emergency. By way of comparison, the department had 27,296 calls in 2011, 25,614 calls in 2010, 25,620 calls for service in 2009, and 26,807 calls in 2008.
Wellesley Police officers wrote 2,216 separate reports during the course of 2012. The types of reports that Wellesley Police officers write can range from criminal investigation reports, domestic violence incidents, suspicious activity, vandalism, or sudden deaths. A report can also be written merely to document an event for future reference. For an officer, a report typically means typing a page or more of information, and includes the officer's observations, statements taken from witnesses, and other fact gathering type information.
Officers usually type a report in their police cruiser, using a laptop computer. Once the report is completed, it is sent electronically to the shift supervisor, who reviews the report. On the average, a report usually takes an hour to complete. Some reports, however, can take several days to complete, due to the complexity of the case involved. In 2011, Wellesley officers wrote 1,264 reports, in 2010, 1,400 reports, 1,650 reports in 2009, and 1,436 reports in 2008.
Wellesley Police officers conducted 7,286 traffic stops for motor vehicle related offenses in 2012. This is an average of about 20 motor vehicle stops per day by Wellesley Police officers. The outcome of these traffic stops ranged from a verbal or written warning, citation, arrest, or a summons to appear in court for a criminal offense. By way of comparison, the department had 7,794 stops in 2011, 7,225 stops in 2010, 8,483 traffic stops in 2009, and 7,247 traffic stops in 2008.
During 2012, Wellesley Police officers performed 2,091 selective traffic enforcement posts. These posts are assigned to officers based on citizen requests and accident data. The post focuses the officer's attention to a particular motor vehicle violation, such as speeding or failing to stop for a red light. Many of these posts are performed on smaller, neighborhood side streets. Typically, these posts do not result in many citations, but serve a greater purpose in reminding drivers to slow down, and assuring residents that the Wellesley Police Department responds to complaints. In 2011, the department had 2,129 posts, in 2010, 1,959 posts were done, and in 2009 the department conducted 2,032 selective traffic enforcement posts.
The department investigated and documented 976 reported traffic accidents in 2012. In 2011, the department investigated 787 traffic crashes, in 2010 the department investigated 856, while in 2009 the department investigated 731 crashes. In 2008 there were 781 traffic accidents.
Wellesley Police officers made 164 arrests in 2012 and filed 266 criminal complaints. In 2011, 221 arrests were made, and 312 criminal complaints. These criminal complaints are cases where criminal charges were filed against a suspect, but an arrest was not made. By way of comparison, the department made 253 arrests in 2010 and had 376 complaints. In 2009, there were 227 arrests and 410 criminal complaints. In 2008, the department made 193 arrests, and had 293 criminal complaints.
The Wellesley Police Department responded to 1,701 burglar alarm calls in 2012. This averages out to 5 alarm calls per day, and includes alarms from both private dwellings and commercial buildings. In 2011, 1,573 burglar alarm calls were received. In 2010 there were 1,690 alarms, while in 2009, there were 1,598 alarms. 2008 had 1,612 alarms.
The department investigated 647 E-911 'hang up' or accidental calls to the Wellesley Police Department's Emergency Communication Center. Every 911 call made in Wellesley, accidental or otherwise, results in at least one police officer being dispatched to verify that there is no problem. Many times these 911 calls are as a result of a citizen dialing the number by accident. The Wellesley Police Department, to ensure the safety of the public, will still send an officer to verify that there is no problem, hidden or otherwise, at the caller’s location. A 911 call made with no voice, no contact, or a hang up call results in the fire department and ambulance also being dispatched as well. It should be noted that the 647 calls are merely the calls in which there was no contact with the caller or the caller indicated that the call was made accidentally, not the total 911 calls received. The department also responded to 622 E-911 calls in 2011, 650 E-911 calls in 2010, 728 E-911 calls in 2009, and 758 in 2008.
Wellesley Police officers responded to 1,721 medical emergencies in 2012. In 2011 there were 1,442 medical calls, in 2010, there 1,425 medicals, while in 2009, the department responded to 1,453 medical emergency calls as compared to 1,531 in 2008. Many Wellesley Police officers are Massachusetts certified emergency medical technicians (EMT), and each shift is staffed with EMT's. All Wellesley Police officers on patrol have automatic external defibrillators (AED's) with them as well. These AED's have been critical in treating patients with sudden cardiac arrest.
The Wellesley Police Department investigated 26 burglaries in 2012, 23 of those in private dwellings and 3 in commercial buildings. There were 30 burglaries in 2011.
In 2011, the Wellesley Police Department began posting call information on a monthly basis on our website to keep our citizens informed of the type of work that the department does on a daily basis. The department, under Chief Terry Cunningham, will continue this practice in 2013.