National Animal Control and Dispatcher Appreciation Weeks
The Faribault Police Department reminds us this week is Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week and National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Faribault Captain Neal Pederson says they are very appreciative of their partners at the Rice-Steele 911 Center.
When you make an emergency call they are the ones who ask questions and get you the assistance you need. Pederson says just like other first responders the dispatchers are trying to adapt to the changing environment caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Faribault Police also recognizes the hardworking CSO (Community Services Officers) staff who respond to any animal control concerns. These include animal bites, neglected animals, loose dogs and cats and wildlife calls.
CSO Officers Chloe Robinson, Susie Irvin and Yasmeen Mesta are supervised by Doug Delesha.
I asked Pederson if Faribault still has a feral cat problem. He indicated complaints have gone down considerably.
Here are the CSO calls for service numbers from 2019 compared to 2018:
- Animal Complaints 814 915 (2018)
- Animals Impounded 51 119 (2018)
- Ordinance Violations 1,135 1,123 (2018)
- Parking Tickets 1.018 793 (2018)
- Park Patrol Checks 1,007 705 (2018)
Total 2019 patrol calls include:
- Calls for Service 28,504 (78.1 per day) 28,562 (2018)
- Written Reports 5,310 5,136 (2018)
- Traffic Stops 3,615 3,903 (2018)
- Citations Issued 2,427 2,285 (2018)
- Traffic Crashes 555 591 (2018)
Property damage 499 Injuries 56
DWI arrests 66 49 (2018)