Craig police recap for the month of September |

Craig police recap for the month of September

Patrick Kelly

At Tuesday's Craig City Council meeting, Police Chief Walt Vanatta provided his monthly progress report on Craig Police Department's operations.

In the month of September, Craig police responded to 1,120 calls for service — up a bit from the 1,066 calls in August but about average for the past six months.

"Our calls for service are going back up again a little bit. They have been for the last six months," Vanatta said.

CPD participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 26 and collected 74 pounds of prescription drugs.

"It was very successful," said Vanatta. "That's a lot of little pills."

The Drug Take-Back Day allows people to dispose of unneeded, unwanted or expired medications in a safe way. Craig police have participated in the national event for several years now, Vanatta said.

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"The idea behind the whole program is to keep kids from taking drugs out of their parents medicine cabinets and using them," he said.

Vanatta also noted that school resource officers had a busy month.

"The real trend we're seeing that concerns us is the amount of violence in young people today," he said. "Fights, bullying, taking weapons to school, all sorts of stuff."

One incident on this month's report involved a student at Moffat Count High School who had two rifles, two revolvers and two airsoft toy guns in his vehicle. The report states he made no threats and had no ill intentions. However, it is against state law to bring any type of weapon onto school property.

Most school related calls end up being handled by the administration unless it is a serious offense.

The school resource officers have increased their effort to prevent bullying by teaching classes at the school about good judgment and decision-making, Vanatta said.

"They're doing a lot trying to educate kids and mediate issues," he said.

The other trend Vanatta noted was the increase of officers responding to calls in Craig where they encountered an individual with a weapon.

"It's just becoming a little bit more dangerous as well because a lot more people have weapons now," he said.

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