By David Jenkins
Crime statistics for 2015 have been released by the Murphy Police Department.
In 2015, the Murphy PD, according to Police Chief Trey Cotten, had 7,411 traffic stops, 2,636 citations issued, 3,058 violations cited, 113 major accidents and 342 minor accidents.
There were 45,981 calls for service, 15,439 calls from citizens, 2,249 calls to 911 and 870 alarm calls last year.
Calls from citizens were up 129.10 percent or 6,737 calls from 2014.
Chief Cotten believes that community involvement played a big part in the rise in call numbers.
“People are more aware of what is going on around them. As a result, were are getting more calls,” he said. “That is a good thing. It shows that people are looking out for the community.”
The average officer response time was one minute and 44 seconds, compared to one minute and 14 seconds in 2014. That is a 26.32 percentage change from 2015 to two years ago.
Chief Cotten pointed out that the department is filling staff roles, so if an officer is out on a call and gets another call the response time for the latter may be a little big longer.
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