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ASHBY POLICE DEPARTMENT

ANNUAL REPORT 1998

MISSION STATEMENT

"The mission of the Ashby Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the Town of Ashby by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the United States Constitution to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and to provide a safe environment."

As your Chief of Police, I am pleased to present this report of your Police Department activities for the year 1998.

 

CRIME CLEARANCE:

Our performance this year compares very favorably with the last several years in spite of personnel turnover. Ashby experienced a reduction in serious crime as did the nation, state and area communities during this past year. However, as a rise in less serious crime, that which affects the quality of life issues, continue to cause concern and we are making every effort to address these issues.

The shift in crimes occurring mirrors our area with Domestic Violence continuing to take a toll in a small department such as ours with limited staffing as we strive to provide a safe resolution to families in crisis.

INVESTIGATIVE INCIDENTS: CLEARANCE

(Includes Part 1 Crimes and Part 2 Offenses)

1996

190

74%

1997

254

80%

1998

257

77%

COURT APPEARANCES:

These figures include Ayer District Court, Superior Courts in Cambridge and Lowell

1996

97

 
1997

115

 
1998

137

 

TRAINING AND EDUCATION:

The training and education of our officers continues to be an integral component of police service in Ashby. This list below will give you and idea of the varied courses that were attended by members of this department.

TRAINING / EDUCATION 1998

Hours

Substance Abuse and Family Issues Seminar

16

Constitutional Issues Seminar

8

Financial Crime Seminar

16

Search Warrant Seminar

8

Arson Investigation Seminar

8

Domestic Violence Task Force Meetings

48

Community Policing Seminar

32

Domestic Violence Round table Meetings

36

Critical Incident Command Seminar

16

Detectives In-Service School

40

Drug Investigation School

24

Firearms License Training Seminar

8

Infrared Breath Test Operator School

8

Middlesex County Community Justice Meetings

12

Armorers School

24

Family Protection Unit Training

16

Firearms Qualification

24

Basic Recruit Academy Training, 2 Officers

1480

D.A.R.E. Training School

80

Radar Training School

128

Officer Survival School

24

Bias/Hate Crimes Seminar

16

LEAPS Computer In-Service School

40

PAMET Computer Seminar

8

 

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TOTAL TRAINING / EDUCATION HOURS

2,136

 

GRANTS:

These include D.A.R.E., Community Policing and the Universal Hiring Program which is responsible for two Full Time Officers being appointed under this three year Federal Grant.

1996 $32,639.66  
1997 $56,232.66 Third and final year of the COPS-FAST Federal Grant
1998 $69,412.00 First year of the UHP including the 75% Federal Share

 

 

 

 

ASHBY POLICE DEPARTMENT

ROSTER 1998

 

CHIEF Robert N. Willhauck, Sr.
Lieutenant James A. Victoria (Grant Funded)
Patrolman/Detective Matthew D. Callahan
Patrolman Derek J. Pepple (Grant Funded)
Patrolman Fred S. Alden IV (Temp F/T Appt.)

RESERVE OFFICERS

James E. Hamel

James R. Raymond

Elizabeth A. Miles

Kevin J. Arsenault

Gregory P. Gushlaw

Kevin M. St. John

Justin L. Saball

Steven C. McLatchy

Susan A. Brennan

 

SPECIAL OFFICER

Robin M. McRae

COMMUNITY POLICING EVENTS 1998

Pinewood Derby

Community Policing Conference

AES, Career Day

ATV Community Policing, MT. Watatic

Community Policing Consortium

Domestic Violence/Teen Dating Presentation

Law Enforcement Memorial Day

Easter Egg Hunt

AES, Memorial Day Exercise

Ashby Memorial Day Parade

MAAD Awards

Jane Salsbury Memorial Run

AES, Sex Offender Law Presentation

July 4th Celebration

Eight Band Concerts

Fingerprinting Demonstration

Family Protection Lecture

Safety Day, Camp Middlesex

Halloween Patrols

Pumpkin Festival

Veterans Day Ceremony

 

COMMUNITY POLICING:

In May, Anna Maria’s Graduate School students conducted a Community Policing Survey as part of their graduate studies. The results are encouraging to this department as they identify the 4 major areas of concern by residents. 1. Response to calls, 2. Emergency Services, 3. Neighborhood Patrols, 4. Youth Programs. Our delivery of services in those areas of concern resulted in a satisfactory rating of 75% of those residents who responded to the survey. Although we are pleased with this figure which is above the national average, we promise to improve upon our quality of services.

TECHNOLOGY:

This department initiated the first phase of the PAMET information Management System which was funded by yet another Federal Grant. When completed, this system will enable us to have functions such as Arrest and Booking, Incident reporting, Statistical analysis, Warrant Management, Motor Vehicle Citation Tracking, Property Control, Personnel and Payroll.

CRUISERS:

MAKE / MODEL

MILEAGE as of 12-31-98

   
1994 Chevrolet Caprice

107,202

1996 Chevrolet Caprice

85,839

1996 Ford Taurus

32,550

The two oldest units are showing their age with repairs on these vehicles this year in excess of $8,000.00. They are becoming unreliable and I intend to seek the approval of the Finance Committee and you the voters to support the replacement of these two oldest units with 2 FWD Ford Explorers on a 3 year lease purchase agreement at the Annual Town Meeting in the Spring of 1999.

 

CONCLUSION:

I wish to thank all of the personnel of the Fire, EMS, Highway, Communication Departments and Town Hall who have provided us with support this past year. Without such teamwork a small agency such as ours would be hard pressed to serve you in the manner that you have come to expect, and deserve. Most of all my sincerest appreciation to all those fine citizens who have come forward this year to help us with our many tasks in order to make Ashby the fine community that it is. Thank you from a grateful Chief and department.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert N. Willhauck, Sr. Ph.D.

Chief of Police