Crime is down in Rosenberg from this time last year.
At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, Police Chief Jonathan White presented his monthly report, where he noted that Group A crimes are down 7% in comparison to October of last year.
Group A crimes include robbery, shoplifting, homicide/manslaughter, sex crimes, aggravated assault, burglary, criminal mischief and animal cruelty.
“Year to date, we’re projecting a 10% decrease from what we have now,” White told council. “March through October, we saw a decrease in crime in comparison to 2018.”
Even so, call volume went up.
In October, the police department received 10,218 calls, according to White. In October 2018, the communications division received 9,292 calls, equating to a 9.5% increase.
The department also delivered Meals on Wheels, participated in National Night Out and presented a first responder presentation to Gingerbread House day care.
Last month, council member Kevin Raines had asked for the police reports to be more informative so that he could get a better understanding of what’s going on in the city year over year.
“I want to compliment you on the report,” Raines told White Tuesday. “To me, that covers the month-to-month, year-to-year. So, I really appreciate you doing that and going through all that.
“To me, it kind of explains a little more of what’s going on and what a great job you guys are doing over there.
“The one takeaway that I saw is you were (projecting) a 9.5% increase for dispatch. That number always concerned me with your reports because it’s an ungodly amount of calls those men and women take inside the dispatch center.
“I don’t know how to evaluate what’s the right number of dispatchers. I think that maybe needs some attention.”
White explained that the breakdown includes every call that comes through the center, including mis-dials or someone simply calling for directions.
“I just want to make sure we got the right amount of folks in that department,” Raines reiterated. “It’s a lot of stress dealing with those calls.”
The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Dec. 17 at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.