(Atlantic) Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green released his annual report to the Atlantic City Council Wednesday night. He says officers responded to 6,000 calls, and executed 500 arrests during this past year. Green says arrests would have been higher but the county jail was full on several occasions.
“The arrests are about even with last year,” stated Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green. “They would have been much higher, however we have gone through several periods where the jail has been full, and the sheriff has called down saying please don’t bring me anybody unless it’s real serious. So there are a few lucky people out there that have been cited and released, be it for shop lifting or something else, where the policy has always been to jail them to get the point across.”
Chief Green says traffic stops have increased and citations decreased due to a big increase in court costs.
“Some of that is getting used to the new fine schedules so the officer’s don’t feel like they are causing a huge financial hardship” said Green. “You want some financial draw back to be a deterrent, but at the same time they don’t want to take food from peoples mouths.”
The Chief says court costs have tripled over the past year.
December 8, 2011