March 23, 2012
Payson Police had five vacancies for patrol officers this year, and calls to dispatch dropped by roughly 30 percent.
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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.
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.