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Joplin Police See Increase in Calls for Service
By Gretchen Bolander
JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin police logged ten of thousands of calls for service last year and that total is up from the year before. The Joplin Police Department saw more than 87,000 calls for service last year. It's an increase of more than 4% in 2012. The biggest share of those came in between 10 p.m. and midnight. And they happened most frequently on a Friday, although Tuesdays came in a very close second. Police Chief Lane Roberts says the increase in calls plays a role in an ongoing trend of decreasing crime.
"That relationship in the increase in calls for service and the decrease in subsequent crime, so when people are calling us more frequently, we have an opportunity to get there and do something with the call," said Lane Roberts, Joplin Police Chief.
Even with the increase in calls, response times have improved. Joplin officers averaged a 2 minute 24 second response in 2013. That's thirty-four seconds quicker than in 2012.