Drug, Alcohol Offenses Up, in Beatrice

Drug, Alcohol Offenses Up, in Beatrice
Beatrice Police Chief, Bruce Lang

BEATRICE – Beatrice Police made 905 criminal arrests last year.

:04                  “last ten years”

In a department annual report, Chief Bruce Lang says two things were responsible for the higher number of arrests.

:18                  “of alcohol”

The increase in alcohol use was seen in college-age students, brought on partly by changes in security services at the local community college.  Alcohol-related cases increased from 125 in 2017, to 216 last year.  Drug-related arrests jumped from 201, to 323.

Among major crimes, 475 were reported last year, with an arrest rate of 42%.

Overall calls for service in 2018 were on par with the prior year.  In 2018, Beatrice Police used a grant to add a second full-time crime victims services staff member.

:19                  “really big number”

The Beatrice Police Department hired four officers the past year to replace four who resigned and a veteran lieutenant took medical retirement.

Lang says finding new officers is getting more difficult, because of competition for officers from larger city departments.

:20                  “retire, in ten years”

The chief says some larger departments still have defined benefit retirement programs, which also provide tough competition for the smaller departments.  Lang told the mayor and city council Monday night, members of his department emphasize community involvement, being at and participating in various community events.

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