CUMBERLAND – In 2020, the Cumberland Police Division noticed all three captains, two of three lieutenants, and three of 9 sergeants changed after a variety of retirements. The division has six new hires on probation, together with three who not too long ago graduated, two within the Police Academy and graduating this week, and one other coming into the academy in July.
That information is among the data contained within the division’s 2020 annual report, a doc Chief John Desmarais says provides a complete look into the division’s operations in an uncommon pandemic 12 months he stated proved to be a “robust battle.”
The place prior to now, the report has listed use of power incidents with solely fundamental details about incident totals, Desmarais stated the 2020 report consists of extra detailed data. He stated he felt, based mostly on what’s taking place across the nation, that the City Council and residents ought to be made aware of that data.
There have been 18 whole situations of use of power, based on the report, up from 15 a 12 months earlier and 12 in 2018.
Breaking down the usage of power incidents additional, there have been six involving officers utilizing hand methods to make an arrest, for officer security, or for suspects’ private safety or protecting custody, based on the report, 5 concerned police exhibiting a gun to finish an arrest, one concerned an officer taking pictures a suspect, and 6 incidents concerned the deployment of a Taser, with a kind of used on a suspect.
The suspect breakdown was 16 white males, two Black males, and one white feminine.
“There appear to be no patterns or developments that might point out any race, intercourse or age discrimination involving officers’ and suspects’ interplay,” states the report.
The report additionally provides a breakdown of every use of power incident the place a gun was proven, every of them reviewed.
Requested by councilors concerning the officer-involved taking pictures final Could, Desmarais stated the officer is again on obligation after the incident the place the suspect stabbed him and the officer shot him twice behind Cumberland Excessive Faculty. That was the one case the place each the suspect and officer suffered critical accidents.
The State Police and Workplace of the Legal professional Normal investigated the case, and Desmarais stated he’s ready on a letter that can shut out the case.
In reviewing all 18 use of power incidents, there have been three experiences of minor accidents to the suspects and one reported minor harm to the officer.
Requested what grew to become of the suspect within the CHS state of affairs, Desmarais stated he was arrested and is in custody awaiting trial. On why it’s taken this lengthy, he stated there’s a psychological well being state of affairs, however he can’t remark additional.
The report (learn it in full at valleybreeze.com) describes decreases in whole accidents attributed to enhanced traffic-calming efforts by officers, with 905 accidents in 2018, 875 accidents in 2019, and 636 accidents in 2020 (there have been additionally fewer drivers on the highway). The constant development is attributed to a larger presence in patrols in addition to officers imposing the brand new hands-free regulation implement in 2018, stated Desmarais. There have been no deadly crashes in Cumberland in 2020.
Desmarais beforehand advised the council that lots of the division’s youthful officers take a really proactive stance on visitors enforcement.
Site visitors summonses stayed comparatively constant in 2020, with the Site visitors Unit arresting 15, together with three DUI arrests. General arrests had been down by about 20 p.c final 12 months.
The report, which The Breeze will delve into additional subsequent week, states that the division will proceed to take visitors enforcement and security significantly in 2021, working to handle it on quite a few fronts together with with new gear.
All three automobile pursuits in 2020 had been investigated and located to be in compliance with departmental insurance policies and procedures.
Desmarais famous a variety of stunning crime areas that had been down final 12 months, together with home violence and larceny, regardless of requires service to the division remaining largely unchanged. Predictably, fraud complaints noticed a spike.
Requires service had been up 5,614 final 12 months to 37,438, with almost 19,000 of these being property checks for house and enterprise homeowners. Residents have the continued alternative to have police test their property whereas they’re away, stated Desmarais, and the division continues to reply loads of these calls.
Kinch famous that complaints towards the division and grievances from staff stay very low, with solely three citizen complaints final 12 months and none sustained with one pending, and one worker grievance in every of the previous two years.