TPD 2019: Crime down, service calls up

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:

Officers: 26

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:

2019: 28,533

2018: 25,278

2017: 21,312

Motor Vehicle Accidents on Roadways

2019: 268

2018: 297

2017: 296

Private Property Accidents

2019: 171

(No prior year statistics available)

Motorists Assistance Calls

2019: 1,839

2018: 1,952

2017: 1,378

Total Citations

2019: 846

2018: 1,488

2017: 1,864

Total Drug Arrests

2019: 121

2018: 191

2017: 172

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.

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