It was a busy year for area law enforcement agencies in Sevier County, which saw their numbers increase year over year in 2019.
Part of the increase is due to changes in how agencies are required to report incidents, said Richfield City Police Chief Trent Lloyd.
“A lot of it is due to federal guidelines,” Lloyd said. The change from the Uniform Crime Reporting to the National Incident Based Reporting System helped bump Richfield City’s numbers from 4,722 in 2018 to 5,622 in 2019.
The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office saw a similar jump, going from 5,269 incidents in 2018 to 6,654 in 2019.
The Salina Police Department’s number stayed stable, going from 1,510 in 2018 to 1,504 in 2019.
The total number of offenses in 2019 represents a new department high for the sheriff’s office. The previous high was 5,916 in 2014.
“A couple years ago there was a federal rule requiring all law enforcement agencies to report incidents using the National Incident Base Reporting system, or NIBRS, by 2021,” Sheriff Nate Curtis said. “Through a grant, we were able to update our records system to be compliant with it.
“The other big jump in numbers is our ambulance service, they were at 1,640 calls last year to just over 1,800 this year,” Curtis said.
Reported fraud cases in the county fell from the previous year to 43 through 2019, down from 87 in 2018.
Animal control calls continued to be one of the most common types of incidents to draw sheriff’s office’s response, with 1,503 in 2019, which is a decrease from 2,020 the previous year. The sheriff’s office also dealt with a total of 67 driving under the influence calls, including eight DUI metabolite incidents. This is down from 87 in 2018.
The sheriff’s office also dealt with 132 traffic accidents in 2019, including 25 that involved injuries. This is a slight decrease from 137 traffic accidents in 2018.
The number of reported domestic disputes in the county remained stable at 94 in 2019, up from 90 in 2018.
The number of 911 calls the sheriff’s office dealt with increased to 363 in 2019. This was an increase from 309 in 2018.
Medical calls deputies responded to accounted for 391 incidents in 2019, up from 339 in 2018.
Thefts in the county continued to trend downward as 85 were reported in 2019. This is a decrease from 99 in 2018 and 104 in 2017.
The sheriff’s office also responded to four suicides, one attempted suicide and 49 threats of suicide during 2019.
The Richfield City Police Department saw an increase in incidents, which again was driven in part by changes in how officer activity is reported. Information reports accounted for 350 of the department’s 5,622 incidents in 2019.
Of those incidents, 1,024 resulted in arrests in the city. One of the drivers of arrests in the city is a continued effort to enforce driving under the influence.
DUIs went from 23 in 2016 to 130 in 2017. The department has continued the emphasis with 117 DUIs in 2018 and 111 in 2019.
“Our officers are out there working hard,” Lloyd said.
The number of 911 calls the department dealt with grew to 281, as compared to 275 in 2018.
Officers also responded to 315 animal related calls in 2019, up from 288 animal related calls in 2018.
City officers also responded to 447 medical calls through 2019, an increase from 364 in 2018.
There were also 218 traffic accidents in Richfield City through 2019, including 28 that involved injuries — an increase of six from the previous year.
The number of reported stolen cars shrank in 2019 from 16 in 2018 to 11 in 2019.
There were 238 thefts of other property reported in Richfield during 2019.
Domestic disputes also decreased in Richfield City during 2019, down to 80 from 110 the previous year.
Officers responded to one suicide in 2019, a decrease from three in 2018. There were also three attempted suicides and 52 threats of suicide reported in 2019 in Richfield.
The Salina City Police Department saw a total of 1,506 incidents in 2019, down from 1,510 in 2018.
The Salina department is the smallest in the county, with three patrol officers including the chief and a school resource officer.
Salina’s department made 23 DUI arrests in 2019, down from 34 DUI related cases in 2018.
Various animal complaints in Salina totaled 172 in 2019, an increase from 144 in 2018. There were 84 911 calls for Salina officers in 2019, up from 61 in 2018.
Salina officers also responded to 97 medical calls.
There were a total of 77 thefts in Salina during 2019, as compared to 75 thefts of other types in Salina in 2018.
There were two reported attempts at suicide and 22 suicide threats in Salina during 2019.