2019 has been a very busy year for the Hanover Police Services and Police Chief Chris Knoll says there is no shortage of work for Hanover officers.
With still a few weeks to go before year end, Police Chief Chris Knoll says call volumes are up between 10 to 15% over the previous year.
This is saying a lot considering that in 2018 Hanover Police processed the second most criminal charges in the Province, averaging almost 57 criminal charges (processed) per officer a year.
Knoll suspects that once the 2019 stats are in, Hanover Police will be in the top quartile again.
With just 14 full time officer, two part-time and two special constables, Knoll says Hanover Police are very busy.
He cites last week as an example of just how busy officer are.
In just a five-day period, police received 92 calls for service, they took 12 suspects into custody on over 50 criminal and drug related charges and performed 4 mental health apprehensions.
Knoll says that data didn't even include the weekend.
Knoll says it is not surprising that Hanover Police are so busy.
Because Hanover is a regional centre, he says between 50 to 60 percent of all police calls involve people from outside of the community.
Knoll credits local police for their commitment to the community adding that public safety is always their top priority.
Last week your HPS officers responded to 124 calls for service, 13 suspects arrested for 55+ criminal & drug charges, 2 foot pursuits, 4 people apprehended in mental health crisis, foot patrols, school visits, RIDE programs and follow-up investigations. Did I mention........ pic.twitter.com/Jx0YNp5x6I— Christopher Knoll (@ChiefKnoll) December 1, 2019
worked the phones, completed reports & press releases, updated ongoing court files, completed canvassing, identified witnesses, secured & reviewed surveillance video, updated complainants and victims, liaison with other police partners, probation officers Crown's office & others.— Christopher Knoll (@ChiefKnoll) December 1, 2019
Just taking a breath, I have more..they complete traffic enforcement - removing suspended drivers from our roads & impounding vehicles, they gave "high 5s" to kids, helped homeless find shelter, educated seniors on fraud & encouraged drug dependent people to seek treatment.— Christopher Knoll (@ChiefKnoll) December 1, 2019