By Starrla Cray
WINSTED Traffic accidents were at a 10-year-low in Winsted in 2017, with a total of 21 reported.
At the April 17 Winsted City Council meeting, Police Chief Justin Heldt said a lot of Winsted’s accidents tend to be weather related.
In 2016, there were 36 accidents, which is relatively high. Most years, there are between 24 and 30 accidents.
The number of arrests was also down last year, at a total of 60. In 2016, there were 62 arrests. The low for the past decade was 40, in 2014; and the high was 78, in 2009.
Last year, the most common type of arrest was a warrant for a misdemeanor (16). People were also arrested for driving after revocation, possession of a controlled substance, domestic violence, driving while intoxicated (DWI), and various other crimes.
The total number of DWIs last year was 13, which is up from nine in 2016. In general, the number of DWIs has been on a downward trend in Winsted the past 10 years, from a high of 30 in 2010 to a low of six in 2014.
Council Member Tom Ollig asked if violence is increasing in Winsted. Heldt said it is not, and added that there have been fewer domestic situations in recent years.
Heldt has been with the Winsted Police Department since 2007, and this is his fourth year as chief.
“As long as I’ve been here, our citizens have looked out for each other,” Heldt commented.
He encouraged citizens to continue being watchful, and not to be afraid to let the police know if they see suspicious activity.
“If something’s not right, call us,” he said.
Other stats from 2017
The Winsted Police Department had a total of 4,414 incident complaint reports last year, including 2,111 calls for service, 1,194 agency assists, 671 public assists, and 84 motorist assists.
A few other statistics from Heldt’s 2017 department activity report totals include:
• 1,026 Traffic violations
• 800 Verbal warnings
• 226 Tickets issued
• 182 Medical calls
• 60 Arrests
• 24 Misdemeanor theft
• 21 Traffic accidents
• 20 Tresspassing/damage to property
• 14 Fire calls
• 10 Mental health/detox