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FWPD calls for service drop-off in COVID-19 environment

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Frustration and anxiety levels may be up for many people during the novel coronavirus threat, but crime reports that Fort Wayne city police officers have to deal with are way down.

At least that's the case for a one week period we tracked at the end of March.

Fort Wayne PD provided its log of service calls between Sunday March 22nd and Saturday March 28th.

The calls totaled 1,849.

If you go back one year, to the corresponding one week period in 2019, the calls for service dialed in at 2,851.

That's 1,002 more police runs in the week to week comparison.

Everything from traffic accidents, to all types of violent crimes were down, representing a 35 percent drop compared to the same period in 2019.

Of course, citizens aren't out as much due to the stay at home order, and though police are still patrolling and doing traffic stops, they are not as eager to interact with members of the public right now.

"We try to avoid that contact, just because of the severity of the situation," said Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena with the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Sgt. Rosales-Scatena indicates the one thing that didn't really fall off is domestic disturbance reports.

"People are more trapped at home than they would be outside, then obviously people are home from work, so, though we haven't seen an uptick in arrests necessarily, maybe a little more arguments that people feel they need to call the police about, and they've been settled without anybody going to jail," she said.

The city police department's calls for service the first three months of 2020 were down overall by 830 compared to the same period in 2019.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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