By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN In 2012, the Winsted Police Department responded to 156 medical calls, compared to 105 in 2011, according to an annual report compiled by officer Justin Heldt.
“That’s about a 50 percent increase,” Winsted Police Chief Mike Henrich told the Winsted City Council Tuesday evening.
On the other hand, traffic accidents were at an all-time low in 2012, with 26 instances reported (five hit-and-run accidents, two involving personal injury, and 19 that resulted in property damage).
Since 2003, the highest number of traffic accidents was 40, back in 2008.
Council Member Tom Ollig said he’s heard officers from neighboring communities report an increase in gun permits lately, and asked if Winsted has noticed a similar trend.
“We’ve definitely seen a spike,” Henrich responded, explaining that the department issued 23 gun permits in 2012 a number that’s already been met in the first few months of 2013.
Ollig also asked what the department considers its most dangerous calls, to which Henrich responded: domestic violence and mental health cases, because of their unpredictability.
Winsted police officers responded to 12 mental health/detox cases in 2012, as well as five instances of domestic violence.
A few other 2012 totals in the police department report include:
• Verbal traffic warnings 367
• Traffic citations 135
• Arrests 60
• Misdemeanor thefts 27
• DWIs 17
• Total incident crime reports 3,904