By Jaquelyn Nelson
TOP 10 DEPARTMENT RESPONSES
1: Traffic Stop – 540
2: Follow-up – 241
3: Suspicious Vehicle – 128
4: 911 Disconnect – 127
4: Alarm Test/Out Of Service – 127
5: Information Report – 117
6: Disabled Vehicle – 88
7: Open Door – 76
8: Alarm Other – 74
9: Suspicious Activity – 73
10: Alarm Entry – 62
Hesston is not known as a hotbed of crime, but the Hesston Police Department remains busy.
Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder said the department responds to approximately 2,600 calls each year. In 2012, according to police records, Hesston Police responded to 2,802 calls.
“Those are just the calls routed through the 911 dispatch. That does not include the people who call our department directly,” he said.
Schroeder said the department can average nearly two cases per day.
“We will pull 500 to 600 criminal cases per year,” he said.
The Hesston Police Department has a fairly small coverage area, due to the size of the town and the nearness to the Harvey County, McPherson County line.
“Our jurisdiction is city limits. We have a couple miles on the interstate. The County will run two deputies and ask that we provide backup,” he said.
Schroeder said officers frequently find themselves trying to keep on step ahead of both crime and paperwork.
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