Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 19:28
Davel says plan for regular office hours could be precursor for expanded presence in the future
Fredonia Village Marshal Mike Davel told the Village Board during the presentation of his annual report he can see a time when the community will need a full-time law-enforcement agency.
Over the past two years, the staff of eight part-time officers has averaged 76 hours of patrolling a week.
While deputy marshals are on duty in the village when their full-time shifts with other departments allow, Davel said he soon hopes to have regular office hours scheduled so the public can stop in to discuss police concerns.
In the next two years, he said he may be asking trustees to approve adding another officer to the department’s ranks.
Davel said the department has made a point of keeping current with equipment and training.
“Should you decide some day to go with a full-time department, you shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel. Everything we have is to the level of any full-time department,” he told trustees.
That includes having laptop computers and printers in each squad car, along with officers having access to an arsenal of rifles, shotguns and tasers.
“The installation of the (mobile data terminals) has had tremendous impact on our day-to-day operations,” Davel said.
“By installing the MDTs we opened communication accounts with the state that will benefit the village and department in the future.”
Davel said the department has been pleased with the 2014 SUV added to the fleet of patrol cars, and the larger vehicles will be the standard for future purchases.
Davel said the department will probably be replacing its 2007 squad car, which has 84,000 miles, next year.
On the statistical side, he noted the department made 81 arrests for expired or suspended vehicle registration, an increase of 33 from 2013.
Similarly, the department made 44 arrests for driving with suspended or revoked licenses, an increase of 16.
Davel said the jumps may be an indication that some people are still struggling with the economy and are unable to meet the financial obligations of operating a motor vehicle.
The department also issued 43 speed tickets, an increase of 14 from the previous year. Twenty-four parking tickets were issued, all for violating winter parking rules.
A comparison of police activity showed May was by far the busiest month, with 50 arrests.
“That is probably a sign that people were finally getting out and about after a long, miserable winter. We find incidents are very much weather driven,” Davel said.