Powell PD 2016 Annual Report
Written by Andrew-Rossi on March 30, 2017
The Powell Police Department has released its 2016 annual report, and while some numbers show the department is busier than in past years, other statistics show a decided downturn in serious crimes.
The total number of incidents that the department reported in 2016 was 15,772 – that’s up about 3 percent from the year before, but down from 2014, when over 17,000 incidents were reported. Incidents include calls for service, traffic stops, building and business checks and other officer-initiated occurrences.
Officers filed 118 accident reports in 2016, a definite downturn from the previous five years. 44 felony arrests were made last year; and officers wrote 1270 citations in 2016 – that’s the most citations written in the last five years.
On the other hand, Powell’s property crime rates are not only lower than the national average and other communities in Wyoming, it’s on the decline. In 2004 there were about 44 property crimes committed per thousand people in Powell; that number has steadily been declining, and this year’s report shows half the number from 12 years ago.
And while Wyoming’s violent crime rates have skyrocketed in the last couple of years, exceeding even the national average, Powell’s remains 32 percent lower than the rest of the state.