2018 New Hope Police Department Annual Report

2018 New Hope Police Department Annual Report
Posted on 09/17/2019
Message from Timothy Fournier, New Hope Chief of Police:

On behalf of the City of New Hope, I am pleased to present the Police Department’s 2018 Annual Report.

2018 was certainly an exciting year with ongoing construction of the new police facility and our continuing preparations toward a 2019 move. Training continues to be a top priority as we not only discover more innovative ways to deliver quality police services, but also increase the intensity at which we prepare ourselves for large scale events. Our relationship with area agencies has never been stronger as the consortium continues to grow in its ability to offer multi-agency training and disaster preparation.

The department again worked within budget and where possible, reduced costs and shared services with neighboring agencies to combat crime. Our participation in federal and state grants also provided a way to reimburse overtime and other related costs. The designated Traffic Car continues to bring awareness and education and conducted several multi-agency projects in New Hope. Our School Resource Officer program at Cooper High School continues to be a valuable tool to not only provide safety and security but to bridge the gap between police and youth in our community. In 2018 we also utilized an “at large” officer who primarily worked to foster positive relationships at all of our grade schools. This has been especially helpful to staff in light of recent school related tragedies throughout our nation.

In 2018, the department’s calls for service remained relatively consistent from previous years. That said, for a second year in a row Part I Crimes (homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny/theft, auto theft and arson) were up almost 15%.Part II Crimes (other assaults, forgery, fraud, embezzlement, stolen property, property damage, weapons violations, prostitution, other sex offenses, narcotics, gambling, family offenses, DWI, liquor laws, and disorderly conduct) were also up 13% from 2017. This was due primarily to drug offenses and vandalism. These statistical increases mirror similar rises county wide.

I am thankful for the support offered to the police department and its personnel by the Mayor, City Council, City Administration and other employees. I am also grateful for the outstanding work by our dedicated personnel who put their lives on the line each day to improve the City of New Hope’s overall safety and security.

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