Crime in Toccoa decreased in 2019, while the Toccoa Police Department responded to an increased number of calls for service, according to Chief of Police Jimmy Mize.
Mize presented the Toccoa Police Department 2019 End of Year Report to the City Commission during their 2020 Planning workshop, held at Reflections on Monday, Jan. 13.
Mize, along with many of the city’s department heads, also presented commissioners with their goals and budgetary requests for the 2020 as the city begins its budget process for the coming fiscal year.
Heading the objectives list for the TPD in 2020 is the implementation of a “Citizen’s Police Academy” that will give citizens the opportunity to learn, first-hand, how their local police department works. Completion and on-lining of the Pond Street Sub Station is also a top priority for Mize. Both the Citizen’s Police Academy and the sub station will be featured in upcoming ConnectLocal.News feature articles.
Following are the 2019 statistics for the Toccoa Police Department and the City of Toccoa:
Total Training Hours: 2,485
Officers with deficient training: 0 (Per Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST), 1/10/2020)
Calls for Service:
Motor Vehicle Accidents on Roadways
Private Property Accidents
(No prior year statistics available)
Motorists Assistance Calls
Total Drug Arrests
2019 Annual Traffic Analysis Report
There were 268 traffic accidents within the city limits in 2019, with zero fatalities and 37 injuries. The average age of those involved in accidents was 44, The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. claimed the most accidents at 67, with the period between noon and 3 p.m. recording 62 of the accidents, followed by 9 a.m. to noon (50), and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (37).
Out of the 268 accidents, 44 occurred on Big A Road, and there were 171 private property accidents. Incidents on Big A Road and Skyline accounted for 20 accidents, with Big A Road and Currahee claiming 14 and Big A Road and Harris claiming 13. The largest contributing factor in the 268 accidents was 'failure to yield' (76) followed by 'following too close' (66). There were six accidents attributed to alcohol (DUI) and 13 distracted driving accidents.