I would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the citizens of Mansfield for their loyal support of the Mansfield Division of Police. As a department, we continue to support our community youth programs such as D.A.R.E. and Safety Town. The Mansfield Division of Police maintains and supports the 10 regional Neighborhood Watch groups with over 1,000 registered members. In 2013, overall Part I crimes were reduced by .8%. Officers handled 36,134 calls for service, which was nearly a 3% decrease from the previous year.
The Mansfield Division of Police prides itself on our core values which include Integrity, Honesty, Respect, Professionalism, and Self-Discipline. Our officers receive annual training and certifications throughout the year to ensure that we are providing the best service and protection to our citizens. During 2013 the division handled 25 personnel complaints, which is a 16% decrease from the previous year. The Division also received 79 compliments from citizens who received extraordinary service from our officers.
During 2013 the Division lost five sworn officers to retirement, but we were able to hire five new officers. This left the Division with a total of 78 sworn officers by the end of the year. It’s anticipated that we will lose five more officers to retirement in early 2014, which will then reduce our safety force to 73 sworn officers. As we look into 2014 we are optimistic that we will be able to bolster the number of our sworn officers within the Division.
On behalf of the entire Division of Police we would like to thank the community for their support and collaboration which has led to a successful partnership. The Division of Police will continue to provide exceptional service to our citizens with a commitment to our core values.
Chief Kenneth A. Coontz