(Updated at 4 p.m. with additional statistics.)
(Lander, Wyo.) – From July 1, 2012, to July 1 of this year, the Lander Police Department received 6556 calls for service.
Lander Police Chief Jim Carey presented the numbers during his annual report to the Lander City Council. The last year’s calls represent an increase of nearly 600 from the year before. In 2011-12, LPD responded to 5978 calls.
Carey also provided total numbers from the several years leading up to the present and each successive year had more calls than the one prior.
From July to July, LPD handled one homicide, four stab/gunshot wounds, one kidnapping, 14 sexual assaults (most on children), 14 weapon offenses, 63 burglaries, 20 K9 searches, and 288 thefts. Dog related calls were the most prevalent at 450.
Additionally, LPD responded to 109 family fights, 203 community service calls, 109 animal problems/abuse/bites, 110 forgeries/frauds, 525 traffic complaints and 63 vandalisms. Officer Alan McOmie had the most calls at 592. Officers drove more than 150,000 miles in the last year and were on bike or foot patrol for more than 100 hours.
“Last year was kind of significant for us in the fall,” Carey said, knocking on wood that this year isn’t the same. In addition to the investigation of the murder of Travis Armajo and a connected kidnapping and rape, LPD deployed its Special Response Team three times. Twice were for armed suicidal subjects, and both situations ended without substantial harm to anyone, Carey said. The third was a stakeout of arson suspect Chance Moore, who is now serving time pursuant to a plea agreement.
The murder case resulted earlier this month with a conviction of John Hereford. A sentencing has not yet been set.
“A lot of things have changed in the last year,” Carey said. “A lot of things have improved.”
By February 2014, LPD should be fully staffed, he said. The department has the chief, a lieutenant, four sergeants, 10 patrol officers, one school resource officer, one on the Division of Criminal Investigation task force, and one animal control officer. One patrol officer is currently attending the law enforcement academy and should be done by the end of the year.
Carey detailed the amount of training and opportunities his officers are taking part in. In the last year, LPD instructors have provided 216 man hours of in-house training. He also said officers are meeting on their off time to run together, which is helping to build team morale.
He also discussed the various grants he’s been utilizing to upgrade and increase equipment inventory. Four patrol cars should be outfitted with on-board computers to smooth out operations for officers.
The council had no questions for Carey following his report.