The Verona Police Department issued its first ever annual report, highlighting the department’s activities in 2018. The report covers personnel, statistics, traffic enforcement, community outreach, notable incidents and department promotions.
Chief Christopher Kiernan opened the report with a note that states, “All members of the Department are committed to provide public service, excellence through integrity, compassion and a wise use of resources.”
Highlights from 2018 statistics:
- Motor Vehicle Crash Investigations: 572
- Alarm Calls: 735
- 911 Calls Received: 4,451
- Reports Taken: 3,282
- Narcotics Arrests Made: 31
- Driving Under the Influence Arrests (DWI): 21
- Megan’s Law Registrations: 4
- Residential Burglaries Reported: 14
- Motor Vehicle Burglaries Reported: 29
- Thefts Reported: 111
- Domestic Violence Related Cases: 66
- Narcan Deployments for Drug Overdoses
The report states that “an officer logs approximately 150 miles a night covering the 37 miles of township roadways. Through maintaining a visible presence and a watchful eye, officers have undoubtedly deterred numerous crimes from occurring. While residents are sleeping, officers are patrolling the town, making it a priority to stop and account for every interior light left on inside a vehicle just to make sure nothing is overlooked.”
The Department’s presence in schools and at community events include participation in Verona High School’s Law and Criminal Justice class, Driver’s Education class and Professional Development Day, HBW’s Police Day and Fair in the Square.
Highlighting 2018’s accomplishments, the report details the implementation of body worn cameras, a medicine drop box and security camera registration.
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