Trooper David Jones
Kentucky State Police
Post 6, Dry Ridge
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KSP Post 6 Releases Year-End Activity Report
Date of News Release: 02/07/2008
(Dry Ridge, KY) - The Kentucky State Police in Dry Ridge are pleased to release a summary of yearly activities undertaken in 2007. A statistical view of police activities for the year showed an increase in most aspects of police service when compared to 2006. In 2007, Post 6 Troopers and Detectives responded to 13,380 calls for police service. In the same period in 2006, Post 6 personnel assisted the public 12,937 times. Post 6 officers also initiated 968 criminal investigations in 2007, a 32.6% increase over the 2006 number. Captain Mike Crawford, Commander of Post 6, attributed this increase to the escalating population in the northern and central Kentucky counties served by the Dry Ridge Post. "This area is consistently one of the fastest growing areas in the state," Crawford said. "As population increases, it is logical to expect an increase in the needs for police service. We are glad to be able to meet those needs."
Post 6 Troopers also kept a busy pace in 2007 with regard to traffic enforcement and traffic crashes. Post 6 investigated 767 crashes in 2007 including 181 injury collisions and seven fatal collisions which killed nine persons. The good news is that in the 10 county Post 6 district, collisions, injuries and fatalities were reduced relative to the 2006 rate. The area enjoyed a 9.8% decrease in fatalities, an 8.4% decrease in injury collisions and a 5.4% decrease in total collisions in 2007. Crawford sees multiple reasons for this. "No doubt the new seatbelt law contributed to the reduction in injuries and fatalities, but I also see that increased enforcement played a role as well," he said. "The very fact that the number of total collisions were down is indicative of the positive impact of aggressive traffic enforcement. Seatbelts will reduce the injuries, but not necessarily the collision rate, thus it is clear that both factors led to these decreases." Though Post 6 personnel worked more collisions, the total rates for the area fell. "We shouldered a little bit more, but the overall effect was a positive one. As long as the overall rate of collisions drops, we don't mind to step up," Crawford added.
Aggressive traffic enforcement was a priority for Post 6 in 2007. Post 6 Troopers issued 23,955 citations in 2007 including 8,044 for speeding, 3,446 for seat belt violations, 68 for child restraint violations and made 327 impaired driving arrests. Direct contact and visibility of patrol officers are important factors in the decreased crash rates. "It's not just the 23,000 people cited," Crawford said. "How many people drove by during all of those traffic stops and got the message? In addition to the person cited, untold numbers of people saw the traffic stop and hopefully said to themselves, 'Maybe I should slow down and take it easy. They are out here and I may get a ticket.' A marked State Police Cruiser with flashing blue lights tends to make an impression."
While Captain Crawford is proud of the efforts of his staff, challenges still lie ahead. "We still have a lot of work to do. Even though there was a decrease in fatalities in our area last year, we still had 59 people killed. That's 59 too many. Though manpower remains an issue, we are committed to placing officers in high crash and crime locations to curtail criminal activity and the likelihood of crashes."
Post 6 serves the northern and central Kentucky counties of Boone, Bourbon, Bracken, Campbell, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson.