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Auburn PD report decline in emergency calls for 2023: What’s causing the drop?

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Last year, the Auburn Police Department recorded the lowest number of emergency calls in over a decade, a decline attributed to effective community partnerships. The department received 29,820 calls in 2023, the fewest since 2012, marking a significant decrease from the annual range of 32,000 to 39,000 calls noted in previous years.

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The departments says community partnerships have allowed the police to focus more on urgent emergencies, especially vital given the current shortage of officers. The department maintains a minimum of five patrol officers per shift, covering the entire city. This strategic redirection of resources has enabled the police to better manage their response to emergency situations.

The decrease in calls has coincided with a rise in specific types of investigations, such as trespassing and mental health issues, reflecting broader societal challenges. The police often connect individuals they encounter with appropriate social services, enhancing community support systems. This approach has led to a notable decrease in domestic violence investigations and an increase in DUI cases, illustrating shifting social dynamics influenced by the pandemic and local legislation.