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Shagoury reports on police activity

August 13, 2020
TUFTONBORO — Chief Andy Shagoury presented his July end of the month report to the Board of Selectmen including June arrests and year to date statistics.

Officers were called out to an alarm and to assist the fire department on two occasions and arrested Daren Lawrence, age 54, of Milford, on a DUI subsequent offense on June 7, and Brandon Tanny, age 20, of Weston, Mass on a charge of criminal trespass on June 14.

The department was on hand for the Kingswood virtual graduation and a birthday parade as well.

A review of year to date activity from January through June 30 shows a notable increase in

motor vehicle stops, from 85 in 2019 to 206 (with full staffing) in 2020.

Continued comparison of 2019 statistics to 2020 shows the number of summons going up from 5 to 23; accident numbers holding steady at 19 to 18; arrests down from 15 to 9; felonies up from 11 to 17; offenses steady at 67; and incidents steady, moving from 96 to 100.

Calls for service are up this year so far, from 2816 to 2975.

An ad has been placed to fill the department's administrative assistant position, said Shagoury. On another note, he informed the board that every state agency has been asked to perform 20 percent budget cuts. That means no in-service classes at the Police Academy, and limits the number of training opportunities available to fulfill annual officer training requirements.

Another informational session on the proposed Police Station building project is scheduled for Aug. 24. Architect Phil Bennett of Alba Architects is reported to be researching EOC funding and will soon provide an AIA contract to the board.

Varney Smith
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