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Payson Police had five vacancies for patrol officers this year, and calls to dispatch dropped by roughly 30 percent.

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Payson crime rate drops

Major crimes drop 2 percent as Payson struggles to fill five vacant slots for patrol officers

Major crimes in Payson dropped along with the number of officers on the beat in 2011. The per-capita major crimes index reported to the FBI dropped 2 percent and calls to dispatchers plunged nearly 30 percent in 2011, according to a report released March 16. “We returned to the trend of declining crime after a spike last year (2010),” said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.

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Domestic violence jumps

Battered women’s shelter full in the face of rising number of women seeking safety

Payson police responded to at least one domestic violence call a day in 2010, according to year-end statistics the department released last week. A growing concern for officers, domestic violence reports and arrests in Payson rose 20 percent last year — the third year of increases as other crimes have fallen. While some blame the economy for the increase in violence, others point to a weak response by the courts or a rise in drug and alcohol abuse.


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