Local News

February 22, 2013

LPD: Less arrests, more tickets in 2012

The Logansport Police Department saw a drop in total calls for service in 2012 from 2011, with arrests and driving while intoxicated charges declining while traffic citations rose significantly.

The increase in citations, warnings and drug arrests came even as the department spent most of the last 18 months short staffed.

According to a report compiled by the LPD, there were a total of 17,582 calls for service in 2012, down 762 from the 18,347 in 2011.

Of these calls for service, 672 of them were for adult arrests, down 88 from the previous year’s 760. Charges for operating while intoxicated decreased as well, down 23 from last year for a total of 140.

While Logansport Police Chief Mike Clark said he couldn’t say exactly what led to these decreases, he said it was possible they could be attributed to increasing awareness of police presence throughout the city.

“Educating the people and constant view of the officers maybe would be a deterrent,” Clark said. “I hope a combination of all those would’ve contributed to the decline.”

Clark said educating the public on operating while intoxicated comes not only from the local level, but the state level as well, like the state-sponsored anti drunk driving advertisements that play on television and the radio.

Clark presented the report at a recent Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, where Mayor Ted Franklin also noted raising awareness could have led to the decline in driving while intoxicated charges.

“Pretty telling numbers,” Franklin said. “It’s interesting that driving while intoxicating is down by 23. Maybe the word’s getting out. I hope that’s the reason.”

Despite total adult arrests decreasing, drug arrests rose by 22 in 2012 for a total of 211. While Clark said this number fluctuates, he added the drug sting that took place last summer could have affected this increase.

Last July, 29 suspects were arrested throughout counties in Indiana and Illinois on federal and state felony drug charges by a strike team made up of state and local agencies. After the team seized 13 pounds of marijuana, amounts of LSD and cocaine, firearms and $34,000 in cash, cars and jet skis, it was considered to be one of the largest drug stings in recent Cass County history.

“I know enforcement has been stepped up,” Clark said. “We have a drug task force, in addition to our officers that work the road, that make drug arrests.”

Two significant increases can be found in traffic citations, which rose by 232 in 2012 for a total of 741, and traffic warnings, which rose by 290 for a total of 1,111.

“Our department writes a lot of citations and warnings,” Clark said. “It’s just from our guys out there running traffic and doing the best possible job they can.”

These increases came despite the LPD being short staffed for what Clark estimated to be the past 18 months.

“Any time you’re short I think it has an effect,” Clark said. “The numbers could always be better, but I’m proud of the job the guys do and I think they represent the police department and the citizens very well.”

Clark added the number of officers has never dropped below 35 during this time, with 40 being the amount the department needs to be fully staffed.

“We’re in the process of trying to get those numbers filled and hopefully we’ll have that done by the end of the year,” Clark said.

The department recently hired an officer and Clark said there are currently two applicants going through medical screening. Should the two be hired, it would put the department at 39 officers.

Calls for animal control was also an element in Clark’s report, which dropped by 45 in 2012 for a total of 1,130.

Brian Hyder, animal control officer for the city and county, said he didn’t have any definitive reasons for the decline but speculated it could have something to do with fluctuating population numbers.

“I can’t verify as far as why, but there are a lot of people moving out of town,” Hyder said. “The more I look around, the more I notice more houses going up for sale.”

While the U.S. Census Bureau has yet to release numbers for 2012, it does have information revealing a population decrease of 66 for Logansport between 2010 and 2011.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police Blotter: Aug. 20, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    August 20, 2014

  • Logansport City Council prepares 2015 budget Logansport City Council members started meeting with department heads earlier this week to discuss proposed expenses as they shape the budget for next year.Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin prefaced the discussion Monday night by saying the budget as it

    August 20, 2014

  • Staples to close by Sept. 20 Logansport's Staples office supply store is closing Sept. 20, a company spokesperson said. It's the latest in a slew of closings the company announced in March it would pursue, stating its goal was to shutter about 225 stores, more than 10 percent of

    August 20, 2014

  • NWS-PT082014 Earthquake4.jpg Shake, rattle and roll: Students learn earthquake safety with simulator WALTON — Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School students experienced what three levels of earthquakes feel like during the school day Tuesday.The Quake Cottage, a mobile earthquake simulator, is run in partnership with the Indiana Department of Homeland Secu

    August 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • Grissom Fire Department 04 [Duplicate] [Duplicate] Military fire power: Grissom FD critical to regional safety GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE — There are six people trapped inside a burning airplane. You and your partner have 10 minutes to rescue them.And you have to do it blind, groping and crawling in total darkness, burdened down with fire gear and an oxygen tan

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS-PT082014 McTaggart awards.jpg Writers win McTaggart honors The Trustees of the Logansport-Cass County Public Library recently announced the winners of the fifth annual McTaggart Writing Competition.In the student poetry division, Lari Rutschmann took first place with her poem “Hands” and second place with an

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Data breach affects Dukes Memorial Hospital PERU — Dukes Memorial Hospital was one of nine Indiana hospitals affected by Monday's data breach at Community Health Systems. Community Health Systems — which is not affiliated with Community Health Network, the Indianapolis-based healthcare provide

    August 19, 2014

  • Police Blotter: Aug. 19, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    August 19, 2014

  • State sues EPA over carbon dioxide regulations The state of Indiana and 11 other states are suing the U.S. Environment Protection Agency over its recent carbon dioxide regulations, contending the agency is “overstepping its authority.” The lawsuit, filed this month in U.S. Court of Appeals in the

    August 19, 2014

  • Council passes annexation exceptions Exceptions to local rules are now in place for residents of land Logansport is annexing should the city win the lawsuit filed by opponents set to get underway again next month.Logansport City Council narrowly approved 4-3 the annexation of two territ

    August 19, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

Does Indiana need a statewide water management plan and an administrator to implement it?

     View Results