KEY WEST POLICE CALLS & ARREST HAVE DECLINED CONSIDERABLY

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Pelicans & police

The Key West Police Department’s Communications Center has seen a steady decline in calls for service and 911 calls to dispatch over the last three months, as well as a decline in reports generated and arrests. In addition, there is a significant decrease for the same time from the prior year. The statistics are as follows:

December 2022 vs 2023: Compared to December 2022, the department experienced a 22.8% decrease in 911 calls, a 0.5% increase in non-emergency calls, and a 12% increase in calls for service for police/fire/rescue. Officers completed 556 police reports and 117 arrests were made. Compared to December 2022, police reports decreased by 16.3% and arrests decreased by 22.5%.

January 2023 vs 2024: Compared to January 2023, the department experienced a 38.4 percent decrease in 911 calls, a 4.7 percent decrease in non-emergency calls, and a 0.3 percent decrease in calls for service for police/fire/rescue. Officers completed 561 police reports and 96 arrests were made. Compared to January 2023, police reports decreased by 12.2 percent and arrests decreased by 9.4 percent.

February 2023 vs 2024: Compared to February 2023, the department experienced a 39.7% decrease in 911 calls, a 10.1% decrease in non-emergency calls, and an 11.2% increase in calls for service for police/fire/rescue. Officers completed 590 police reports and 100 arrests were made. Compared to February 2023, police reports decreased by 9.5% and arrests decreased by 32.4%.

Key West Police officers visit Poinciana School as part of their community policing efforts. CONTRIBUTED

Key West City Commissioner Sam Kaufman and others on the dais commended the whole Key West Police Department, Chief Sean Brandenburg and Assistant Chief Randy Smith for their commuting policing efforts and for protecting the community.