Quincy Police Department releases annual report
11 months ago
The city's overall crime index drops for the fifth straight year
From Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley:
The fiscal year 2011-2012 was once again fraught with financial difficulties. We worked with Director of
Administrative Services Gary Sparks and Comptroller Ann Scott to rein in costs to the extent possible.
Throughout the year we lost a total of five police officers and only replaced three. We also lost one of our
two Animal Control Officers and did not replace him. We ended the fiscal year down the one civilian and
two sworn employees. The FY2012-2013 budget replaces one of the officers, but not both, nor does it
replace the civilian employee.
For a fifth year in a row, the overall index crime totals for Quincy have dropped. The overall decrease was
2.35% (1529 to 1493). Violent Crime did increase 3.76% (186 to 193); this was driven by a 12.12% increase
in Aggravated Battery/Assault as all other violent crime was down. Property Crime was down 3.20% (1343
to 1300) despite a 1.54% increase in Theft. The following lists the changes in the various index crime
categories between 2010 and 2011. There were increases in only two categories: Aggravated Battery/Assault
+12.12% (132 to 148), and Theft +1.54% (1039 to 1055). There were decreases in all other categories:
Murder -100% (1 to 0), Criminal Sexual Assault -16.22% (37 to 31), Robbery -12.50% (16 to 14), Burglary -
17.49% (263 to 217), Motor Vehicle Thefts -33.33% (36 to 24), and Arson -20.00% (5 to 4).
Although citation numbers are again down, we continued our traffic safety efforts in conjunction with the
Illinois State Police and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department. Our traffic safety program continues to be
greatly enhanced by the IDOT grant funding. Seatbelt use remains at 92%. When comparing 2011 traffic
crash statistics to those of 2010, it is obvious that our work in this area is making a difference. Total traffic
crashes decreased to a thirteen-year low of 1225, down ten (0.81%). Total injuries from traffic crashes
decreased 14.23% (267 to 229).