On this Fourth of July, it’s important to celebrate responsibly. Law enforcement will be working hard today to keep the roads free of impaired drivers as well as unrestrained motorists.
Officers and firefighters try to help the public the best they can, and according to these statistics, they are busy doing just that.
In the month of June, the Knox City Police Department had 435 calls, investigated eight accidents and completed 37 incident reports. The Department arrested 20 people on 23 traffic charges, 31 people were arrested on 48 criminal charges and seven juveniles were arrested on various charges. Five of those arrests dealt with battery and drug charges and nine were arrested on active warrants.
The North Judson Police Department had 337 total calls and officers conducted 58 traffic stops. Two battery reports were completed, seven theft-conversion reports were performed and one alcohol-drug report was written. Officers wrote six ordinance violation tickets, gave 41 traffic warnings and had six adult arrests in June.
The LaPorte Police Department investigated 37 property damage crashes and 11 personal injury crashes. LaPorte officers worked 26 hours of aggressive driving patrols and 29 hours of seat belt patrols, all of which were funded by the department’s Big City/Big County grant program. Officers wrote 98 citations and 69 warnings, including 57 seat belt citations and 26 speeding citations.
Along with other LaPorte County police agencies, the LaPorte City Police Department will participate in impaired driving patrols over the Fourth of July holiday and every weekend night in July that are funded through DUI: Taskforce Indiana.
Despite the burn ban in Starke County, the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department was busy in the month of June. Firefighters had three smoke investigation calls, two structure fires, eight grass/woods fires, two vehicle fires, and two weather watch calls. The department used 21,250 gallons of water.