CHATHAM, NJ - Police Chief Steven Hennelly reported a 30 percent decrease in burglaries, but announced a 36 percent increase in domestic violence and a 90 percent increase in drug violations on Thursday night at the Chatham Township Committee meeting.
Hennelly's report (see video below) on police department activity in 2015 noted that the township's call volume, based on computer entries, was 13,876, a decrease of 10 percent. Hennelly said that burglaries had decreased by 30 percent with the 10 burglaries reported in 2014 falling to seven in 2015.
Hennelly also said that domestic violence reports went from 12 in 2014 to 17 in 2015, an increase of 36 percent.
"Unfortunately, we saw a 36 percent increase in domestic violence," Hennelly said. "I don't know if that increase is because more people are calling us or that domestic violence is on the rise."
Hennelly said there was a 90 percent increase in drug law violations and an 80 percent increase in liquor law violations.
"The numbers were fairly low in 2014, so that's why the percentages are high," Hennelly said.
The Chatham Township police averaged 38 calls per day in 2015.
Hennelly also noted that Chatham police officers received an average of 75 hours training over the course of the year.
Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly reports on statistics from 2015