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!