Lyon County Sheriff’s Message – Week of June 19, 2016

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Sheriff’s Message, Week June 19th

Community Friends,

What do you to say to an employee who has served the last five Lyon County Sheriffs, especially when they decide to retire after 29 years? As much as I wanted to deny her retirement request, Brenda Farler’s desire to spend more time with her out-of-state granddaughter is completely understandable. Her experience and knowledge will be hard to replace. Also this week, Jack Huizar will be retiring after 25 years of service. Jack plans on helping out wherever he can. We wish them both the best as they enter into the next chapters of their lives.

We spent some time working with a program we’ve owned since 2011 when the LCSO converted its record’s management system. Called CompStat Dashboard, it provides a lot of current crime data trends. We are trying to figure out how to get this program onto our website so everyone can view current Lyon County crime trends.

As we looked at the data, we are not sure if there are “good or bad” trends. An analysis of the last six months compared to the previous six months shows our total Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) part I crimes (rape, robbery, homicide, motor vehicle theft, aggravated assault, burglary, grand larceny, arson) were down 30-percent. However, our part II crimes, which is just about everything else was up 12-percent during the same period.

With an analysis of January through June 2016 compared to same 2015 period, our vehicle accidents were up 32-percent. Lower fuel prices that allowed more vehicles to be driven longer could be the culprit. However, our driving under the influence arrests increased 30-percent. Finally, our drug offense arrests increased by 100-percent during the reporting period, with the focus of the drug problem on methamphetamine and heroin. Maybe someday the federal government will get serious and shut down the border to stop the influx of these life destroying narcotics into our communities. We can only hope and pray.

As always, keep the faith.

Al


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