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Medical calls in Winsted have doubled since 2010
April 21, 2014

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

WINSTED, MN – In 2013, the Winsted Police Department responded to 175 medical calls, up from 84 in 2010.

“This number is quite staggering,” interim Police Chief Justin Heldt said at Tuesday’s Winsted City Council meeting.

Fortunately, all of Winsted’s full-time police officers are certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs), which enables them to assist medical professionals on the scene.

“We take pride in our EMT certification, and it’s a big help,” Heldt said.

The department recorded a total of 3,203 incident crime reports (ICRs) last year, ranging from thefts, to public assistance, to traffic violations, and more.

Fourteen drug complaints were reported, which is double that of 2012.

“Calls for service in which drugs are involved have also increased,” Heldt said.

In contrast, driving while intoxicated (DWI) calls in Winsted were at a 10-year low in 2013. Fourteen DWI arrests were issued, none of which were for first-time offenders. The highest number of DWIs in the past 10 years (a total of 50) was in 2006.

Officers responded to 25 domestic violence calls last year, and Heldt said the calls have been more serious than in the past.

“They’re very serious in nature, no matter what,” he said, adding that some of the recent domestics have resulted in felony-level arrests, which could involve previous violations with the same victim, or strangulation.

“Those are big calls, and they’re dangerous calls,” Heldt said.

A few other police department totals from 2013 include:

• Verbal traffic warnings – 415

• Traffic tickets – 232

• Traffic accidents – 28

• Dog complaints – 50

• Blight complaints – 19

• Thefts – 40

• Arrests – 62

• Mental health/detox – 7

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