Stow Police Annual Report

It was a quiet night at City Council, so I’ll forego the normal notes and instead highlight the Stow Police Department’s annual report. Here are some statistics that you can share with your neighbors:

  • Stow saw a 1.8% decrease in overall calls from 2017 to 2018. Stow made 1,410 arrests in 2018 (about 4 per day), with 284 of them being juveniles.
  • All major crimes were down, including auto theft (from 5 to 3), burglary (116 to 71), rape (14 to 13) and homicide (1 to 0).
  • Some other crimes saw significant increases (weapons offenses, up 28%; drug related offenses, up 18%; passing bad checks, up 21%), and some significant decreases (liquor violations, down 39%; domestic-related crimes, down 12%; open burning, down 28%).
  • Stow had almost 8,000 traffic matters. For every citation given, Stow cops gave 2.5 warnings.
  • There were 1,115 traffic crashes (up 2.8%). Of those crashes, about 60% were non-injury.
  • Stow police officers drove 335,425 miles in 2018. That’s enough miles to circle planet Earth more than 13 times.
  • We have 4 K-9 units, who were deployed 225 times in 2018, resulting in 156 detections of drugs and 35 tracking/searching uses.
  • Stow’s 911 dispatch center takes about 15,000 calls per month (we dispatch for 3 other municipalities, in addition to Stow).

Lost in the national “progressive” movement is that 98% of the most normal people in this country deeply admire police and are extremely thankful for the work they do. Stow’s cops stand out because of their education, professionalism and compassion. THANK YOU, STOW POLICE!


Last night’s council meeting

Here are my notes from last night’s city council meeting:

City center committee – By a 6-0 vote, city council overrode the mayor’s veto on legislation regarding a committee to examine a future city center project. There has been a lot of discussion over procedure, but good procedure will hopefully lead to good results. The committee will give the mayor the opportunity to appoint 9 members from the community, and council will appoint 3. There will be 6 government representatives.

We heard more belly-aching from the usual suspects, asking for us to let the veto stand. We certainly could have done that, but the veto actually reduced the committee size, from 18 members to 15 members. In other words, council’s legislation expanded the committee (to 18 members), and the mayor’s veto would have shrunk the committee.

It’s now time to move forward to fill the committee, bringing in a diverse group of people from our community to provide input.

Storm water projects – Three years ago, the city faced three undeniable truths: (1) People’s houses were regularly flooding, exposing hundreds of our residents to tens of thousands of dollars in uninsured losses. (2) We had several million dollars of need, in order to store and divert storm water. (3) We didn’t have that money.

Today, we are wrapping up the initial $2.2 million of storm water projects.

It’s a great example of how government can work. How so?

First, raising the storm-water fee was a narrowly-tailored remedy; we only raised the revenue we absolutely needed. Second, it was fairly applied; we asked the business owners who contribute more impervious surfaces than the typical homeowner to pay more. Third, it was done collaboratively; I facilitated the discussions, together with Mayor Kline and Brian Lowdermilk, and council supported it unanimously. Fourth, it was executed properly; we have a great storm-water engineer in Mike Jones.

Next meeting – Council will meet next on October 10.

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