BROOKVILLE – Brookville Borough of Police Chief Vince Markle has shared a report from Pennsylvania’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program that shows nearly 100% resolution of all crimes in the borough over the past few years. last six months.
The Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Report (UCR) program “serves as the state repository for the collection of crime statistics and its primary purpose is to generate reliable information for use in the administration, operation, and management of law enforcement. ‘order’, according to UCR.pa.gov. Markle shared this report at the borough council meeting on Tuesday evening.
The UCR information included a report from January 2021 to July 2022, using January to July 2021 to compare.
“You’ll see under violent crimes that we’ve had a 100% increase, and 83.33% elimination of those crimes. We have evidence in the crime lab right now, and I think once we recover that evidence, we’ll have 100% elimination of violent crime in our borough,” Markle said.
He said the resolution rate means that agents resolve all calls that come into the department. This does not always mean an arrest, but that a solution is found.
“Guys get a report and then I read it and tell him to come back and do it again. Until we get results…it’s very easy to go out, make a report, put it in the computer and let it sit and move on to the next incident. Our guys are required to do follow-ups and follow-ups,” Markle said.
He attributed the rise in violent crime to some break and enters that have taken place over the past six months.
In non-violent and property crimes, the report showed a decrease of 28.57% from last year with a crime resolution rate for these crimes of 100%.
Also included in the report, Markle said the borough averaged one arrest every 3.23 days while, as in the past, it averaged one arrest every 2.62 days.
“So this is state information. Our officers are doing a great job and the crime rate is down in our city, which is absolutely awesome,” Markle said.
He also told the board he wanted to share what his officers have been through recently.
“On June 18, an individual was threatened with suicide by a cop in our city. Something we really had never had before. The duty officer that day did an outstanding job, we got one on one help and no one was hurt,” Markle said. “On July 3, we had an individual who threatened to shoot everyone if they had a gun. They were having fireworks. This individual decided he was going to come up to their little fireworks. fireworks and threatened to shoot everyone. On July 5, we arrested an individual from the state of New Jersey. He threatened to kill the two officers that night and the appropriate charges were filed. The July 20 we had an individual who had murderous ideas to kill everyone and I’m sure you heard about it with Flying J. My officer did an outstanding job that day it didn’t upset our city. .”
Finally, Markle shared a call he had never taken before in late July. He called the incident a “duty of warning”.
“July 29, I have been doing this job for almost 30 years. I entered the office. My secretary told me that I should contact this lady… I called the lady and she told me that I should let you know that this certain person has murderous thoughts of strangling you to death and when he sees you, it’s going to rip your throat out,” Markle said.
“So those are the kinds of things we face in our community. And it’s new for us because our city hasn’t seen this type of violence in a long time,” Markle said.
He assured the council that the city had the right men and women to deal with these events and that they continued to train. He said they had recently completed an active-fire exercise at Pine Creek Elementary School before school resumed.
During the officials’ closing remarks, Vice President Karen Allgeier praised the police department, saying, “We have a city that knows if you come here and try to commit the crime, you’re going to get caught. , and I like it. ”
In an attempt to stop the turnover rate in the police department, action was taken after the executive session to approve the hiring of an officer prior to his attendance at the police academy.
“What the borough is doing is putting in place a program where they will pay the part-time wage, which is $17.34 (an hour), to people who pass the civil service exam and must attend the police academy. So they’re going to pay that person while they’re attending the police academy, they’ll pay tuition as well,” said borough attorney Jim Dennison.
He added that if the person works for the borough for five years, he will not have to repay this amount. If they only work and leave for the first year, they will have to reimburse the borough for 80% of its costs, and these will decrease by 20% each year for the next four years.
Dennison said the borough would likely come back to it at the next meeting with the final deal. He said several other surrounding municipalities are running a similar program.
The board also approved the advertisement for the upcoming civil service exam. Markle said there is currently a vacancy within the borough police.