Archive for Thursday, January 27, 2005

Basehor police calls increased by almost 64 percent in 2004

January 27, 2005

A statistical breakdown indicates the Basehor Police Department received nearly 450 more calls for service last year than it did in 2003, according to figures the department released this week.

In 2004, Basehor police received 1,132 total calls for service against just 692 in 2003, an increase of almost 64 percent. Calls for service include working cases such as traffic accidents, criminal activity and assisting paramedics and firefighters.

Police officers also made more arrests last year than in 2003. According to the statistics, police arrested 96 people in 2004; in 2003 that number was 84.

Basehor police chief Terry Horner said he plans to initiate a series of staffing changes to help combat the department's increase in call volume. Those changes include filling vacancies for a corporal's position as well as two part-time police officers.

The department will also designate an officer from the current roster as department investigator, a position that will be used "on a need-be basis." The investigator's job, a new position Horner will create, won't offer any extra pay or rank and the officer chosen will work on special cases assigned by Horner.

The corporal's position became vacant earlier this year when then-corporal Jason Slaughter resigned to take a position in Shawnee. The police department will search for a new corporal -- the third-highest ranking position in the department -- from officer currently on staff, the police chief said.

Horner said a written examination will be given to those officers interested and that an interview board would meet to speak with prospective candidates.

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