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Medina Police made more arrests, responded to more calls in 2019

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 January 2020 at 11:54 am

MEDINA — The Medina Police Department had a busier year in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to an annual report by Police Chief Chad Kenward.

Last year the Police Department received 7,637 calls, compared to 7,138 in 2018, 6,790 in 2017 and 6,197 in 2016.

Medina police officers made 542 arrests in 2019, compared to 454 in 2018, 551 in 2018 and 466 in 2016.

Last year, the Medina PD made 30 arrests for driving while intoxicated, which was up from 20 in 2018. The department made 43 DWI arrests in 2017, and 26 in 2016.

In terms of vehicle and traffic infractions, the Medina PD issued 1,029 tickets in 2019, 988 in 2018, 1,046 in 2017 and 807 in 2016.

Medina officers also made 110 drug-related arrests (unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance) in 2019, compared to 57 in 2018, 71 in 2017 and 47 in 2016.

Kenward said the department is responding to new state laws for discovery and bail reform which will likely reduce the amount of time officers are on patrol. Kenward said just last week an officer had to wait with a defendant for an hour and half to be arraigned while an attorney from the Public Defender’s Office was located and needed to travel from Brockport.

Officers are also spending more time downloading body cam video and working with records as part of the discovery requirements, Kenward said.

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