2015 Year-end Review for Police & Fire
Throughout 2015, the Amberley Village Police Department continued to provide comprehensive community policing to its residents, a valued cornerstone service in the Village. Through the continued use of the latest technology, strategic resource allocation, and professionalism the community continues to experience a low crime rate and excellent response times for public safety services. The Department is pleased to share its major accomplishments for 2015.
The Department acquired, through a state grant, license plate readers which were installed in every cruiser. This updated camera technology equips officers patrolling the Village roadways with the ability to "read" each passing plate and alerts the officer when a wanted suspect's license plate is detected.
A two-year project to update the technology of the cruiser cameras was also completed. The cruiser cameras have been equipped with viewing capability to include external areas of the cruisers and the prisoner compartment.
In 2015, the Department sought and was approved to receive $171,000 in grant funding to replace its outdated Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for its fire fighters.
The number of arrests for 2015 increased for a total of 354 - a 14% increase over 2014. The Department is pleased to report that home break-ins have decreased over the past year which underscores the importance of maintaining new technology and equipment resources, staffing levels, and community oriented policing in the Village.
During 2015, one of the focus areas was pedestrian safety. The Department strategically deployed speed monitoring devices throughout the Village to identify areas to increase pedestrian safety. Temporary speed humps were also installed in targeted areas to slow motorists.
The Department's continued partnership with its residents and counterparts in 2015 was recognized by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) as the department was selected to be the recipient of the Exceptional Community Partnership Award.
In 2016, the Department will continue to focus on crime prevention, strategic policing, and community engagement to achieve the overall priority to protect lives and property.