Toccoa Police Dept. Releases Annual Report

The Toccoa Police Department releases its annual report for 2012.

According to the 2012 annual report, the Toccoa Police Department responded to more than 17,600 calls for service in 2012.

Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said that is a significant number.

“When we compiled our annual report numbers and I spoke with some other agencies near our area, they were quite impressed, they were quite impressed with the number of calls for service we responded to for a department or a city of our size,” said Jarrell.

Out of those calls for service, almost 1,800 incidents were reported to the police department. That is a slight increase from 2011, when about 1,740 incidents were reported.

Of the incidents reported, 81 percent of them were cleared by any means and 39 percent were cleared by arrest. That is compared to 2011, when the police department cleared 74 percent of cases by any means and 28 percent by arrest.

Jarrell said the increase in those numbers is a credit to the hard work of the department’s officers and detectives.

“If it were not for the effort of the officers to take the time, take a good, detailed report, follow up where they can and as we encourage them to do, we would not have the numbers we have had for 2012 and we are hoping to see even a more significant change for the better in 2013,” said Jarrell.

One area where arrests rose significantly is drug cases.

Toccoa Police made 108 drug arrests in 2012, a 40 percent increase from 2011, when 77 drug arrests were made.

Jarrell said that has been a focus for the department.

“Our attention on what is actually causing the crime has been able to increase our investigations on drugs and our arrests on drugs,” said Jarrell.

Elsewhere, police saw a 62 percent decrease in business burglaries, from 37 in 2011 to 14 in 2012, a decrease to which Jarrell credited the department’s work with businesses. Residential burglaries were up from 36 in 2011 to 45 in 2012.

Thefts also went down in 2012 by 10 percent, from 444 to 397. Crimes against persons were down 13 percent, from 367 to 319, though 2012 saw 11 robberies in the city, compared to 7 in 2011.

On the traffic front, police investigated 282 motor vehicle accidents in Toccoa.

Jarrell said that is a slight decrease from 2011.

“In 2012, we had the lowest number of accidents that we have had in the previous five years and by our officers being visible, making the motorists aware of aggressive driving behaviors and some other stuff, we think has been a significant help in reducing the number of accidents we responded to and we investigated in 2012.”

Jarrell also said Big A Road remains a main area for accidents in the city.