PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – Parkersburg Police break down arrests made in 2018, and compare the numbers to 2017.
Overall, Chief Joseph Martin says the department had a very high call volume, but were still able to accomplish a lot with a short staff. It made 13% more arrests, and filed 18% more reports in 2018.
Drug arrests, shoplifting, burglary and larceny were among the crimes to increase in 2018.
Drug arrests are up 125 from 2017 to a total of 307 drug arrests in 2018. Chief Martin credits the increase in property crime to the drug abuse in 2018.
“With drugs comes violence” Chief Martin explains “and that’s where we have been blessed and been fortunate not to see an increase in violent crimes so in that piece there’s two good things from that from my standpoint. Will we ever eradicate drugs from this city? Probably not, but we aren’t going to give up.”
Shoplifting increased to 488 reports in 2018.
Driving under the influence numbers are on a steady five year decline. There were 65 DUI arrests in 2018, and 86 in 2017. Since 2014, those numbers decreased by 100 arrests.
Traffic crashes decreased by 2% with 27 less crashes than in 2017. Violent crimes were also down in 2018.
The department handled two homicides in 2018, with arrests made in both cases. That number didn’t change from 2017.
Martin notes the pay raise for his department as an internal high note in 2018. He adds the discovery of Leslie Marty’s remains and the record breaking drug take down as major department accomplishments as well.