Craig Police Department November calls for service drop from last year |

Craig Police Department November calls for service drop from last year

Janelle O'Dea

Editor’s note: On Dec. 22, this story was changed to reflect police data input errors.

Craig Police Department logged a dip in police calls this November, receiving 839 calls compared to 1,060 calls last November, according to the police station’s 2014 progress report.

In fact, the police department’s calls for service numbers are lower in each month of 2014 than in the same months of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Police Cheif Walt Vanatta sends the report to City Manager Jim Ferree each month, and the Craig Police Department provides a copy to the Craig Daily Press.

Of the 839 calls, 129 were animal complaints, making it the no. 1 complaint in November. Animal complaints include anything from a dog barking to a moose sighting. Community Service Officers Josh Wright and Jill Nelson dealt with 91 of the complaints. When Wright and Nelson aren’t on duty, other Craig Police Department officers take care of the animal control complaints.

Wright said they log the number of calls he and Nelson respond to versus how many calls the other Craig Police Department officers respond to in order to make the proper adjustments to officer schedules.

Aside from the animal complaints, 97 calls were for agency assists, meaning Craig police helped ambulances, the Craig Rural Fire Protection District, the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office or Colorado State Patrol with various calls.

A total of 69 calls were traffic stops, which include violations such as speeding, erratic driving, missing license plates, damaged headlights or taillights and any suspicious criminal activity.

Hang-up calls to 911 came in fourth place — 44 in total — of the department’s 839 calls for service in November.

Civil problems and welfare checks tied for fifth place at 35 calls each.

Other categories that received calls included disturbances; harassment; suspicious article, person or vehicle; accidents involving property damage; and warrant reports.

Community service responded to 139 of the 839 requests for service.

Nelson and Wright handle code enforcement, administrative warnings and parking violations, among other community issues.

Beyond animal complaints, Nelson and Wright red-tagged 17 abandoned vehicles, none of which were towed. They dealt with two overgrown yard complaints and four trash violations.

To red-tag a vehicle means officers have warned its owner that it will be towed unless moved within 48 hours, Wright said.

Eight parking violation warnings were issued. The CSOs dealt with no code violations, administrative warnings, parking citations or code citations.

Craig Police Department’s school resource officers teach classes and work with children on a number of issues, including drugs, alcohol, sexting, bullying and Internet safety.

School resource officer Norm Rimmer teaches the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at Sunset Elementary and Ridgeview with fellow SRO Ryan Fritz.

The officers also attend truancy hearings for students, work with parents on parenting problems and work on Moffat County’s Child Protection Team. They attend violence risk team meetings and work with G.O.A.L academy students.

SROs respond to and help with police investigations involving minors, as well.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

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