Friday, January 11, 2019

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Sullivan County crime stats: good news and some bad

MONTICELLO – Law enforcement officials were looking back during the first Sullivan County Legislature Public Safety Committee meeting of 2019 on Thursday. 

District Attorney James Farrell said the downside was the number of cases coming to court.  Superior Court prosecutions were up 32 percent in 2018 with 257 indictments, compared to 195 in 2017. 

The good news, according to Farrell, was a sustained trend in one particular category of crime.

“2012, we had 569 reported burglaries in Sullivan County.  That’s not prosecutions; that’s police officers taking in a complaint of their property, their residence, their buildings being burglarized.  And in 2017, that number was 261.  That’s a downward departure of almost 70 percent.”

Farrell credited that to a “very aggressive approach to arrests, investigation and prosecutions.”

Farrell and Undersheriff Eric Chaboty said they are in line with a growing law enforcement trend of referral rather than arrest, when warranted, in drug abuse instances.  Putting victims where they can get help, rather than in a jail cell is the preferred option.

On a somewhat lighter note, County Probation Director Barbara Martin said they had a busy end-of-year, finding some of their clients in places where they should not have been around New Year’s, including bars.

“They forget that we also live in the community and visit establishments that they do.”

Martin said some arrests were made.

 


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