Below is part of the Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker's State of the City address this week talking about overall crime in the city being down in 2020.
Courtesy of the mayor's State of the City report released this week.
POLICE: The Mansfield Division of Police had 78 sworn officers and 36 civilian employees by December of 2020. 3 officers retired, 1 officer was reinstated, and 3 officers resigned. 35 citizen compliments for outstanding work in the community were received. The Police Department handled 31,960 calls for service. Officers arrested 2,939 persons. Part 1 crime decreased by 16.5% overall as compared to 2019. It was noted that burglary offenses were drastically decreased by 27.2% and auto theft offenses were decreased by 10.5%. The Detective Bureau’s Domestic Violence Officer was assigned 377 cases. The detective assigned to assist Children’s Services was assigned 59 cases. Supervisors in the Community Services Bureau assigned patrol officers to high crime areas to impact crime and interrupt criminal activity.
The Division was successful in obtaining numerous new grants during 2020 which included the following: Body Worn Camera Grant - $50,000.00, Capital Bill Grant (Training Facility) - $230,000.00, Ohio Recovery Grant (METRICH) - $28,000.00 (funds were able to purchase a QRT vehicle and overtime funds for officers to enhance out-reach, CESF (Covid Grant) - $72,500.00 (computers, conference cameras, supplies, and overtime funds), PSN Grant (ShotSpotter) - $47,000.00, COPS Grant – 4 Officer Positions - $1.1 million.
The Division faced a very challenging 2020 dealing with Covid but was provided with financial assistance with CARES Act funding. To assist and protect personnel during this pandemic, the Division was able to purchase permeable chairs, safety partitions, computers for all sections of the Division, 4 Covid Patrol cars, 50 tasers for patrol staff and 5 new consoles for the 911 Communications Center.
The Division is proud of their involvement and support in community programs that include the Juvenile Mentoring Program, Golden Agers Program, After School Program, A.C.E. Program, Leadership Club, PAL Sports, Safety Town, Explorers and our Neighborhood Watch groups.