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Assaults, vehicle thefts up; Larceny, burglary, forcible rape decrease

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, February 22, 2014

Assaults and motor vehicle thefts are on the rise in the city of Bridgeport, while other types of crime are down, according to Police Chief Randy Singleton.

Among the two categories that saw a rise in 2013, assault calls increased from 59 in 2012 to 65.

“A lot of these are domestic violence calls at night with family members fighting and someone gets hurt,” Singleton told the city council Tuesday night.

The only other category to see an increase last year was motor vehicle theft, which jumped to six from two the previous year.

Larceny/theft incidents decreased from 83 to 71, and burglary from 19 to 14. Forcible rape numbers dropped from 4 to 1.

No murder, manslaughter/negligence or robbery cases were reported.

Officers made 412 arrests in 2013, up from 384 the year before.

“Most of those were drug or alcohol related,” Chief Singleton said.

In 2013, the department filed a report with the state for 68 motor vehicle accidents, down from 77 the previous year.

Officers issued 2,203 citations and 5,187 warnings compared to 1,937 citations and 5,018 warnings in 2012.

Investigators worked 107 cases and issued 38 warrants.

Bridgeport PD logged 53,203 calls for service, up from 46,979 in 2012.

“This is anything that takes an officer’s time – security checks, traffic stops, community relations,” Singleton said.

Singleton also presented the racial profiling report, which is submitted to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

In 2013, the departments made 2,259 motor vehicle stops – 2,031 of which resulted in a citation, 142 in arrest and 86 both.

Of those stops, 1,648 were Caucasian, 543 Hispanic, 51 African, 14 Asian, two Native American and one Middle Eastern.

Race was known prior to the stop for 2,199 of those.

Officers conducted a search 248 times – and 83 of those searches were consented.

“Many of the other 165 ‘not consented’ were because the person was under arrest,” Singleton said.

IN OTHER NEWS

The council also:

  • approved by a vote of 3-2 a restated agreement with Bridgeport ISD as discussed at the last council meeting. The city is to fund 83 percent of the salary of a school resource officer in exchange for half of the cost of $568,142.70 in property. Council members Kathy Kennedy and A.Z. Smith cast the dissenting votes.
  • discussed erecting a veteran’s park on a piece of vacant land owned by the city. Because the item was under the discussion portion of the meeting, no action was taken.
  • proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month. As a recipient of the Texas Community Development Block Grant, the city is required to make this declaration to “affirmatively further fair housing.”
  • reviewed the Feb. 6-19 payment report in the amount of $714,623.37.

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