“With everyone quarantining at house and probably not being out in public making these private connections, that in all probability had a hand in decreasing this specific statistic,” Scott mentioned.
DUI arrests went from 349 arrests in 2019 to 254 in 2020.
“We actually imagine that is in all probability COVID associated,” Scott mentioned. “With bars being closed and fewer social gatherings, we imagine there have been fewer alternatives for folks to drink and drive.”
Scott added that as virus restrictions ease, the division expects to ramp-up DUI and seatbelt enforcement — two areas of policing that have been “placed on on pause with COVID for the protection of our residents in addition to the protection of our officers.”
Though not associated to the pandemic, the variety of pictures fired incidents in 2020 was right down to 27, from 33 incidents in 2019.
Scott mentioned a lot of the confirmed shootings final 12 months have been associated to “of us who have been having a private battle” who “quite than speaking it out or you realize old fashioned yard stuff, they resolve to settle it with a firearm.”
There have been 9 separate pictures fired incidents in Bloomington thus far this 12 months, in keeping with a database maintained by The Pantagraph.
Scott additionally mentioned a variety of reform methods with council members on Monday, together with whether or not to eradicate pretextual visitors stops, or when an officer pulls over a motorist for a minor visitors violation, then makes use of the cease to analyze a extra critical crime.