One Area Law Enforcement Agency Says It Saw A Reduction In Calls For Service In 2020

Tue 1-5-2021

(Spencer)-- One area law enforcement agency says its calls for service in 2020 were down from previous years, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kyle Van Oterloo, a lieutenant with the Spencer Police Department, updated the city council on the numbers for the past year at their meeting last (Mon.) night...Kyle Van Oterloo 

"Total calls that we had for 2020 was 11,538. Without pulling stats over the past couple of years, I know these were down. That comes from covid. So you can look at that as a good thing or a bad thing. It's good because the numbers were down. In our job we want those numbers to be down. The bad thing was we do good through a chunk of time where we asked officers to do your job but to be diligent with what you do, watching what, who you deal with and that type of stuff. So our numbers were down a little bit on that. For December we had 469 calls with 29 arrests coming out of that month there as well. So I can say, like I said from 2020 our numbers were down but our guys still did their jobs."

Van Oterloo says the department, like others, adopted a number of new safety protocols due to COVID-19 which he says are likely to stick around even after the pandemic is over. He says the measures offer an additional level of safety to the officers.